As my portfolio proudly states, I am a creative. Obviously, if you haven’t noticed the amount of writing I’ve seem to have done throughout forever and time. As many of us creatives know, there comes a time in which our own sense of unique talent gets in the way and is in direct conflict with our sense of enjoyment. Case in point…
After two months of being bombarded by advertisers and commercials proclaiming the Christmas season, it’s finally the Christmas season. And so far, things are going well for the end of the year – have a place to stay, have a job, and that job is now going to help me move into a place of my own, which is awesome sauce.
So with the holiday season amongst us finally, it’s time to start thinking about presents. I love presents and I assume you, dear readers, also enjoy presents and what would make the upcoming holiday season – and thus, the upcoming new year – better than to get items that not only make your life better, but help you on your road to freelancing awesomeness. Read the rest of this entry
To celebrate my geek week of last week, here’s two songs for you. I was only gonna do one, but it didn’t feel right to not do one for Star Trek, so here you go.
MC Chris – “Fett’s Vette”
I’ve been crazy busy with the new job and working on a database project with a friend of mine that it was totally time to chill out and have some fun.
The Arizona State Fair was happening last weekend and the big thing I wanted to go see what that of the Star Trek Experience; it had been something that we had all checked out when we were in Vegas back in the college days, but I didn’t remember actively going in to actually see it. This time of course, I was all prepared. Read the rest of this entry
Happy Saturday, readers! So before I begin, I would like to let you all know that things have finally settled in to good things. I got the word that my rehire has been approved and while I’ll have to go through the process once more, at least I’m being given the opportunity to actually make way with this new position.
But this post isn’t about new job beginnings or working from home (more on that upcoming), this is about what I do when I’m not working and not writing. You may have heard about the rise of MOOCs – massive open online courses – and where they might take college and other higher learning institutions. If you follow me on G+, you may know that I just received my certificate with distinction from my Internet History course, so of course I’m all about the online schooling.
Oh faithful readers and followers, what a journey I have been on and the year isn’t even over yet!
I started off with a new job and digs and it should have ended there, but then I had…
ROOMMATES FROM HELL!
Readers, you know I’m all about helping you in your freelancing endeavors, showing you the inside, nitty gritty of it all from the point of view of a new freelancer. We’ve talked about business and clients and sometimes everyday life. And in this everyday life, its important you’re aware of…
ROOMMATES FROM HELL!
As of today, my roommates from hell situation ended, badly of course, but its an end and quite frankly, I’m happy for it. I was naive; my last roommates were dreams and we all got along and laughed and sang and played. And it seemed like I might have that, but I was wrong.
I admit, in hindsight, that once trouble began, I should’ve left immediately. But I just started a new job and was trying to, you know, save money. But personally, anytime you need to involve the cops, its not a safe place and this place was not safe.
So once more, I’m in transition, back to Tucson of all places. Ironic, considering that’s where I started the blog. Things do look good, but good vibes and I’ll check you all back in a week.
Hello good reader! Welcome back to another session here at the FRR. So this blog is obviously about my life as a freelancer and all the crazy things that entails and there have been crazy things, let me tell you. I’ve done a few different things for different companies and clients and the learning process of dealing with people on a remote/telecommuting level versus an office level is certainly different.
Most of the folks that I’ve worked for have been awesome, offering feedback on projects I’ve done and so forth, but I have to say that I’ve encountered something I never have before – the clingy client. Read the rest of this entry
Readers of the Freelancer R blog! I have great news!
I’m getting a ton of different projects! This is great for me because it means I can pay rent and bills and buy food and all those other things that need to be done in order to make sure that, you know, I have a roof over my head and electricity and well…food.
But as I throw my name about left and right, I am getting a little bit of the…’holy hell! I’ve got a lot of work to do!’ While a most definite good thing, there can be some downsides to having as many projects you can shake a stick at.
In the last post I started to tell you how I created a portfolio in WordPress and came to the conclusion that I write too much. Obviously, I’m a writer, that’s what I do, but when creating this portfolio I realize just how much I had written and for how many people.
The Writer’s Dilemma
So I made little thumbnails for the articles I wanted to showcase and decided that because most of them are in article format anyway, I’d make it easier and go by topic, like technology or video games. You guys, one never knows how much stuff they have done until they look back upon it. That actually sounds profound, doesn’t it? Read the rest of this entry
In my last post, I asked the question that I’m sure many writers ask themselves – should I get a portfolio? Portfolios are
a great visual way to show potential clients what you’ve done in your particular line of work; and with that said, most portfolio designs are geared towards that of the photographer or the designer, usually not the writer. Read the rest of this entry
So as you all may know, I’ve been freelancing for…wow, over four years now, and for those of you just starting on the adventure, you’ve figured out that the road isn’t all rainbows and unicorns, sadly.
However, in terms of how many people are freelancing, whether as a side or full time, the landscape looks pretty good. This infographic from Graphic Design Degree Hub shows the impact of freelancing today in the US and the numbers are still growing. What’s that mean for us? Well, it means we might have more competition, but it also means that the avenues of employment are still opening.
If you remember, I had just gotten back with the job I had started months ago before that “recent unpleasantness”; it’s tech support for a major US ISP company that allows me to reap the benefits of an office salary with health and dental insurance, but still allowing me to work from home. Of course, I’d like to work out of an office, in an actual building, with other actual people, however once I am able to get back to Denver, there’s a pretty good chance that I’m going to completely set up an office area to give the illusion of working somewhere that isn’t the living room.
Thanks much to Anna and the folks over at Graphic Design Degree Hub for sharing this with me!
- America’s Freelance Workforce Is Booming, And So Is The Pay (businessinsider.com)
- The Dos And Don’ts of Freelancing (community.ally.com)
- New Infographic Is Your Manifesto of the Freelancer Revolution. Show the World! (elance.com)
- A freelance graphic designer’s survival guide (greig.cc)
As you all know, I just love love love technology. I don’t know about the rest of you, but tech has really become a big part of my life in a fairly short time; true, the age and rise of computer took place while I was still in elementary school, but from there to where we are now is incredibly amazing.