Monthly Archives: November 2010

Mobilize Your Blog This Holiday Season (via WordPress.com News)

Here’s another blog that I came across and thought appropriate as we head on into Christmas and New Years. I, of course, am guilty of this – as you may have noticed – and I’ll probably be guilty when the next holidays roll around.

But for those of us that are just starting, here’s how to still blog while away for the holidays.

Mobilize Your Blog This Holiday Season With the holidays appearing thick and fast from now until next year, it's a great time for meeting up with the people who are important to us, giving and receiving gifts, relaxing and indulging ourselves. But while you're doing that, give a thought to your poor neglected blog this holiday season. For blogs, this can be the loneliest time of year, the time when our posts grind to a halt and our readers drop off like flies. But don't shed a tear, t … Read More

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Freelance Writing is an Obsession (via Freelance Writing Style)

Happy Post Thanksgiving, everyone!

Just something quick for those of you coming home from the Thanksgiving holiday. This is a blog post I came across, explaining the joys and wonderful parts of being a freelance writer.

Enjoy!

If you have been introduced into freelance writing and have already gained a little income from it, you cannot wait to get more. It is nothing more than an obsession when you are passionate about freelance writing. There are a lot of writing jobs that you can choose from, and there can be a lot of freelance writing sites that you can affiliate with. Indeed, there are just many career advantages in freelance writing. Earning a fair amount of incom … Read More

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Freecation!

Or maybe Valancing…

Before Sarah Palin was making up words, I was and with my upcoming vacation back to Denver, I came up with ‘freecation’.

So what is a freecation? Well, as I hang out with friends for the Thanksgiving holiday, I’m figuring out what that means. Essentially, it’s when a freelancer goes on vacation. For me, this is a vacation technically from my actual job, but I could certainly understand what it would be like as a freelancer that’s on vacation. As this is technically the first time that I have been a side freelancer, I’d like to commit on it.

Personally, I’m finding it quite enjoyable. So far, I’ve been able to work on freelancing and still able to hang out with friends and go exploring through the city. I think this actually is because my are aware and very supportive of my move to trying freelancing.

Of course, I’ve read freelancing blogs and articles that state, even if you’re a freelancer, you should take a vacation. Vacations are good for you, certainly after you’ve completed a big project. It’s a reward, the type of thing you would get if you had a 9 to 5 job. And that’s of course important when you may be stuck in the house for a large amount of time.

For me, I want to keep freelancing fun, as writing has always been for me. And really, that’s what most freelancers should feel too – that their work is enjoyable even after several years.

Anyway, today and next week I’m going to be loving Denver. I will see you all next week with some Thanksgiving wishes!

Support Your Local Freelancer

I’ve gotten a little lax in keeping this place updated on the weekends. Would it help if I said I was leaving tomorrow for the holidays? Good news for you, cause that I means I can tell everyone about my airport experience! So stay tuned, okay?

This post however is about something that’s very important when considering going straight freelance and that is the support of one’s friends and family. Now, I’m sure you’re thinking “Gina, that’s easy. My friends and family support me on this!” And if that’s true, than you are in good company.

But not everyone can experience having everyone support them. In a perfect world, when you tell people you’re going to quit your job and start freelancing, to some (or many) that’s like saying you’re dropping out of college in order to be a musician or to backpack across the world. Needless to say, the support may or may not be there.

In my decision to move out of my hometown of Tucson, AZ to the snowy tops of Denver, CO and giving this freelancing thing a go, I was actually surprised at some levels of opposition. Never mind that I have not enjoyed living in Tucson and have always wanted to leave and that writing has been one of those childhood dreams that kept getting pushed to the back burner, this decision was met with opposition.

So why does someone who supported you on one thing not support you in this? Well, I can’t actually say. I mean, I can give you a couple of hints –

  • They’re concerned
  • The decision doesn’t work with what they want

Hopefully, there’s more number one than number two. The first part – concern – is understandable. We are going through a world wide economic crisis and no matter what the “fed” says, we’re still climbing and crawling out of a whole that has no end in sight. 9.2% of Americans are unemployed, so yes, the very notion of quitting your job – that pays and may/may not have benefits – is a scary one. Many of the unemployed are still looking for jobs, two years later. The prospect of not getting a pay check twice a week is daunting.

For those people who are truly concerned about you, make you lay out the plans you have once you quit and start freelancing. Not a big business plan (that’s later), but a very clear idea of what you’ll be doing. Make sure you know it too, as going in without a plan is not smart.

What about the people who are only interested in how your loss will affect them? This is true for everyone, but these people are a bit more worried about how they can get by without you. Maybe this is your significant other or a parent or even an employer; your absence means they will need to look for someone else to do what you did or they have to do it themselves.

This of course may be one of the reasons you want to freelance. In this case, take the professional air and state the pros and cons on switching to freelancing. By showing people how this benefits you may allow them to see how it could benefit them. Of course, don’t allow them to a. stop you from doing what you feel is right or b. allow them to put you in a position in which you’re doing more work for them, which takes you away from freelancing.

Above all, having support and not having it is a good motivator. I’m glad that the majority of people I know are behind me with both the move and freelancing and are wishing me the best. It’s a sad place when someone doesn’t support you, but in the end, you need to remember that your decision is to benefit you and your lifestyle. Period.

We Now Return to Our Regularly Scheduled Program

In the post before, I explain why I got a little late in the posting here. In the post before that, I went over the wonderful downsides to procrastination (which actually, has no upsides to speak of). Today…I’ll talk about finding some awesome tips on becoming a freelance writer.

Hopefully everyone is aware that, as I write this, I’m learning how to become a freelancer too. So, your journey is my journey and we will journey together in a sea of…journeys. Yeah, that sounds about right.

When looking into freelancing, I stumbled upon it due to our great and rocking economy at the moment *insert righteous sarcasm* just to make extra money. From what I’ve been reading and looking into, a lot of freelancers started that way – just looking to get some extra bucks to pay bills and what not. For me, freelancing took on a life of its own when I discovered how much I miss writing.

And ultimately how good I was at it.

I came across a good article the other day by Twitter friends, Freelance Advice on making a business plan, which after reading it seems to be an odd thing for a freelancer to do, but when you think about it, freelancing is a business, especially if that’s what your business is all about. You’re basically self-employed.

Yeah, it was scary to me too. I’ve never been self-employed before and there’s a host of crazy things like taxes and all that good stuff. It’s more than just sitting around in my jammies. There’s actually stuff to know and go about making sure that your business is good to go. Check out the podcasts that Freelance Advice has on their site.

From Freelance Folder, here’s “Five Ways to Start a Freelance Business” – good stuff to know and a good boost if you’re thinking about it. Tomorrow, I’ll give everyone a list of some of the sites I found to be helpful in guiding newbies like me on the right path.

Late on the Uptake

Can I just say that technology is awesome, however the amount of passwords I know and keep is ridiculous?

So while I had wanted to update this last week, I of course forgot and then when I remembered and I had forgotten my password to get into the blog. How sad is that, huh? Of course, it is important to state that everyone should choose a password that no one can guess in order to keep your online information safe.

With that said, it’s still annoying.

But as you can see, I managed to get in, so take that password! Extra special treat of two posts today cause I forgot. For those in the US, Happy Vets Day, especially to all those that have or are currently serving to keep the country safe. Posting an extra today and another tomorrow…which, now that I think about it, is actually on the regularly scheduled time. LOL

When Procrastination Strikes

So I thought I’d do my first little interlude for this blog of mine and it’s a subject we all know and loathe or love, depending. Problem, thy name is procrastination.

In my quest of becoming a freelance writer, the one thing I worry about is that of the dreaded procrastination. Before, when I was just making up stories for the fun of it, hitting that wall of being uncreative wasn’t that big of a deal. Even doing my fan fics, taking a break was okay, hence why I did and do fan fic – no real deadlines, so I can just sit and let the ideas come to me.

For me, the procrastination starts when I start getting distracted (which is happening a lot as I go through this and plan an out of state move). This is anything from just checking my email, to checking my stuff on Facebook, to seeing what new tweets I have on Twitter. Then I see a news report and start reading it and then I have the updated comics to read and…

Well, you get the point.

I get distracted and then I remember I was working on something, then I say, “I’ll get back to that in a few minutes or an hour or something.” And before I know it, the day is nearly gone and I never got back to what I was doing, so I push it off until the next day, which then turns into two and then a week and yadda, yadda, yadda.

My number one fear of being a freelancer? Having the ‘work at home blues’ doubled from what it seems like now. Meaning my roaming around the house and not doing anything multiplies ten fold. I’m seriously easy to distract sometimes, especially if my brain refuses to do what it should or I tell it to. But of course, procrastination is about trying to get motivated about something, anything.

For anyone who is in my spot of thinking of making freelancing a real career, this is one of those big stumbling blocks. And sometimes it can be a real b***h to break through it.

Luckily, there are of course things to do that will get the mojo back where it needs to be. In fact, this blog is brought to you by an article on Freelance Folder. (Got distracted you see, from the article to doing a blog. LOL)

I’ve also read a few articles on the subject by Freelance Writing Jobs (which is an awesome place to find advice and jobs) and Freelance Advice (which has become my new advice place), which if you haven’t checked them out, you should.

The one thing a future freelancer should do is research and look up articles about freelancing, the most important ones being what to do when you just procrastinate on getting stuff done. Oh and before I forget, here’s my obligatory shout out to read my own stuff – I wrote an article about getting the productivity juices a flowing (wow, that kinda sounds wrong, doesn’t it?).

Here’s to getting something done, for everyone out there!