2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 12 years to get that many views.

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Categories: QCS Team Update

State of the Business through May 2012 Update

It has been quite awhile since I updated the team on the Status of QCS and I feel it is high time I let you in on where we have been and where we need to go in the future.

I do want to express my utmost appreciation for everyone who has been with me throughout they year.  It is largely your efforts that have been driving QCS forward.  Without you, there would be no QCS.  Thank you all once again.  I can never say it enough and I never get tired of saying it.

The month of February was a stellar month in regards to volume.  Our daily article average was 40!  To top that off, February was the shortest month of the year even though it is a Leap year.   Since that time, our numbers have looked like this:


March 2012                     931 total articles submitted                 31 per day average

April 2012                     1046 total articles submitted                 35 per day average

May 2012                       1153 total articles submitted                  37 per day average


March was the only backward and downward move QCS has ever had in over 2 years of business.  The decrease was a factor of some client reorganization AND number of writers fluctuation.

The ship as been righted and as you can see… we are back to trending upward and onward.  Although we did not reach my goal of 50 articles per day average in May, we did set an all time record high number of submissions with 1,153 articles.  Fantastic!  This number was achieved even in the midst of some writer fluctuations with arrivals and departures.  It speaks well of all of you have weathered the storms and remained loyal to QCS.

June is starting really really slow because of client activity or lack thereof, but I know that will bounce back strong so I look to move towards breaking another volume of production record once we get to rolling.

The other good news on the horizon is the fact that I am quickly approaching my magic number of 20 solid and dependable writers.  We are just a couple short right now.  However, within the next week to 10 days, I do hope to have our Magic 20 in place.  There is no reason that we should fall short of a minimum of 50 articles per day unless client problems arise.

I’m just asking everyone to continue doing your usual great job.  Keep the QUALITY at a maximum and meet or exceed all deadlines.

I think that I am doing a better job about getting all the instructions you need here on this site.  Please review them often before starting assignments for any updates, additions, or deletions.  Make this Resource be alive for you to help you more effectively and efficiently complete all assignments.  When you are in doubt ask as soon as possible for clarification.

Let’s move onwards and upwards!


Happy Writing







Categories: QCS Team Update

QCS Writer Recruiting Efforts in May A Great Success!

My writer recruiting efforts during the month of May have been very fruitful and successful.

I have added 10 writers to effectively double our team this month.

Let me issue one more great big welcome to:

Emily – Freelancer
Mary Ann – Freelancer
Kimberly – Freelancer
Paige – Freelancer
Dara – Freelancer
Kelli – Freelancer
Raphael – oDesk
Rhyme – oDesk
Marguax – oDesk
Andrew – oDesk

7 out of the 10 have already began contributing high quality articles and I look forward to the first submissions of the remaining 3 very shortly.

Our additions will allow us to go out into the marketplace and grab more and more work for us all.

I appreciate each and every one of you and hope that we move forward in a very positive and fruitful manner.

Thank you all for bringing your talents and abilities to the already STRONG team with have here at QCS.

Happy Writing!


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from Steve: QCS State of the Business, Feb 2012


Growing... and Growing!

The month of February 2012 was, again, the BIGGEST & BEST for QCS in terms of both sales and production.  During the month of February, we processed 1,149 articles.  That is an average of 39.62 (let’s call it an even 40) articles per day during this period.  Fantastic numbers!  Great job!  Each of you can see how your production fits into the larger picture.  There is no doubt that QCS needs you and your fine work to keep up with orders.  My future goals for QCS remain to get to an average of 50 articles per day by the end of March.  Then, 75 articles per day by the end of August.  Finally, I hope we are at 100 articles per day by the end of December 2012.

Our numbers did swell during the month as we took on 4 additional writers.  Unfortunately, 3 of the 4 writers have left us, and 3 writers (2 very long-term) had to be let go.  So, where it looked like our ranks had doubled the picture has changed in a blink of an eye.  We are now down to 10 consistent writers…. a far cry from the mighty 20 we began the month with.

QCS: a Team STACKED with #1Writers!

Even with the fluctuation, we came through the month with OUTSTANDING results.  This is one more tribute to your efforts and abilities.  It is my most sincere hope that you will reach out to take more and more articles to increase your income and help propel us forward in the direction we want to go.  Clients are building their current orders and new clients are looking at us each and every day.  I do hope that we do not have to begin turning business away because we don’t have the staff to keep up with the volume.

I remain committed to both recruiting new writers and seeking out new business for us.  I know that I can count on you to continue to do quality work submitted on time to meet our deadlines.

Progress rarely occurs in a straight line upwards….. It is jerky and erratic many times, but moving forward just the same.  Please help me not to take a backwards step during this trying time.  We will advance and succeed!

Happy Writing! ~Steve

Categories: QCS Team Update

New Folders on Box.com–a Quick How-To

Hey, gang!

Another quick how-to for you–this time on organizing your “Box” folder so it’s easier to navigate and for you (and Steve, and Alicia) to find your completed work and match it up with the assignments.

You might already be noticing that the Box gets pretty cluttered pretty fast as you upload your work and Steve uploads new assignments, but a quick solution is creating folders for each Assignment-group, dating and labeling the folder, and uploading the relevant articles there.  Simply click the “+New” button right next tot he Upload button, select “New Folder,” and name it. Ta-da! Life just got simpler.

:) Kana

Categories: New Writer How-To

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