The Adventures of a Freelance Writer and Editor

Archive for July, 2011

My World’s About to Change

For over four years now, I have worked as a bank teller. Well, come Friday, my world is about to change. I am trading in my teller drawer to pursue a career as a freelance writer and editor. For over a year now, I have been preparing for the transition. I’ve read every book on freelancing and writing that I can get my hands on, and I have taken several courses in writing and editing. I’ve even started building my portfolio and client base. Even after all this prepping, I am a little nervous.

I am excited to move on to a more challenging and rewarding career, but self-employment is scary. I don’t have a guaranteed paycheck each week, and I am responsible for paying my own taxes. Basically, if I want to make money, I have to work really hard. But self-employment also has its perks. I am in control of my schedule and the projects I accept. I am also free to pursue the work that I love.

So I’d love to hear from other self-employed professionals. What advice can  you offer? Do you have any words of wisdom?

As usual, here are links to some recent posts.

A Garden Party Interview: Designed By M.E. Stationery

Wedding Stationery

I also spend the week editing Bill’s crime novel for content and working on a grant application. Check back next week for my latest posts.

My Trip to Maine

A few months ago, I read an article in Writer’s Digest about the importance of work/life balance. It suggested that freelance writers (and other self-employed professionals) take one to two weeks vacation every year. It makes sense, but when you are trying to start and operate a business, it is scary to take time off.

When my husband and I got invited to a cabin in Maine, I was a little nervous about leaving behind my work. I’m starting to feel confident in my ability to grow a successful business, and I finally have a handful of regular clients. I was scared that I would get behind or miss an opportunity, but then I remembered that article. I’d been working really hard and I deserved a break, so I gave myself permission to take an impromptu vacation. I’m glad a did.

For the past week, I’ve been waking up to a beautiful view of a lake and mountains. I’ve lounged around reading, and I’ve gone fishing. For  first time in a long time, I spent a whole week relaxing, and as a result, I came home refreshed.

Though not writing related, here are some highlights from my week.

1) I saw a moose. A real life moose in the wild.

2) I read a really good book (One Day (Movie Tie-in Edition) by David Nicholls).

3) I tried (keyword) bass and eggs for breakfast.

4) I went for a canoe ride.

5) I got to spend the week my husband and one of my best friends.

6) I ate fresh Maine lobster.

Even though I spent the week relaxing, I do have some writing updates. Here are my most recent blog posts.

To DIY or not to DIY (Mita Productions)

2011 Flower Trends (Mita Productions)

How to Choose a Wedding Theme (Music by Design)

Mumford & Sons (Music by Design)

A Garden Party Interview: Tina Jay Photography

After my rejuvenating vacation, I am ready to get back to work. I have a lot of writing and editing work to do this week, so I will keep you updated.




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