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.
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.