Gotta Have Those Priorities!
So another month is down and another in which I have actually been able to be productive – some what – and get the bills paid. Yeah, still hanging tight with finances, but at least I have finances at this point. Of course, it’s summer and that is either a good thing or a bad thing in terms of any type of work and employment. This summer, it’s occurred to me that I’m not seeing as many articles as I have previously; now not sure if that’s a result of the Google Panda aftermath or if it’s cause it’s just summer, I don’t know.
But it worries me.
But on a good hand, I’ve come to terms with my freelancing life. It’s been a hard road, for the…wow, year and a half that I’ve been doing it, but I made the realization two months ago that in all likelihood, I would probably not find a 9-5 job until 2012. Oh, I know what you’re saying – don’t freelancers leave those types of jobs to be their own bosses, etc? Yes, some do. However, I’m a part of those that were affected by the Great Recession in the fact that freelancing was a means to an end and there are freelancers that have been in that arena as well.
I’ve mentioned before that so far, I’ve found freelancing to be hard, which yes, duh, it probably would be, but I think at the heart of it was the fact that I wouldn’t be out of work for very long. See, I’m an office person – I need to have that structured 9-5, little cubicle, co-workers to talk to, clients/customers to get on my nerves – so that when I come home, I can unwind. I’m not going to be bothered until I have to get up and go to work the next day. Frankly, I’ve been doing it for so long, I’m just used to it.
Now, in all of those blogs and articles I read about taking the freelancing plunge and even from friends is that I need to treat freelancing like a job. That’s a problem for me and I think the root of it is that writing has been a fun endeavor and let’s face it, sometimes freelancing is not a fun endeavor. And obviously, because this is the professional world, my writing takes a hit when it comes to criticism. I’m used to getting the regular praise on a creative work and of course, nothing is returned to me for edits (unless I make them) so this was something I wasn’t prepared for. Quite frankly, I’ve been the better writer or in the circle of good writers that going pro has really made me think that maybe I’m not as good as I originally thought I was.
Talk about a blow to my pride and ego.
Back on track – I came to the realization that, no matter how many economists or governmental officials state it, there are no jobs right now and there probably won’t be for quite some time. And I guess I’m in that mentality where, unless I’m getting a ton of call backs or interviews set up, it’s kinda pointless to even bother looking. Why look for a non-existent job when I could concentrate on trying to make money freelancing? So step 1 has been taken care of.
Step I – Get concentrated on the freelancing thing. Don’t loathe it anymore. CHECK
Now step 2 is the kicker. The big, big problem I’m having with freelancing? I’m stuck in the house. Yes, yes, I need to get out and all that jazz, however that’s difficult to do when I don’t have a laptop. I had to sell mine to get the funds to move. Now, big ups is that a friend of mine is working on getting me a used one; down is that, it’s the start of the second month and I still don’t have one. See, I think having the laptop would be a great idea; it means I now am able to still work but not be in the house. And I came to terms with the fact that, I don’t mind working from home. I don’t.
Just not everyday.
And I certainly think I’d be a little more productive if I wasn’t constantly distracting myself with the normal Internet, phone, and other distraction. Yeah, I can probably distract myself while at the coffee shop or something, but I think after I’ve spent $5.00 on coffee and a bagel, I’d want to make that back up, meaning I gots to work on those articles. I even discovered that Denver has co-working offices – these offices where freelancers or people who work from home can go, talk to other people, brainstorm, and basically work in an office atmosphere. It’s an office that you can go to whenever. I think this is definitely something I want to invest in; an office I can go to for like, three days a week and then work at home for two? Yes.
But I’m gonna need that laptop.
Step II – Get laptop to escape house! I mean, work on projects in a much more social setting. STILL WORKING ON
The last step is prioritizing what I’m doing. I’ll admit, the last few months in my hard core freelancing has been hit with pitfalls, mostly cause of me. I’ve tried scheduling, which does work, as long as I don’t have that day in which everything wrecks it. There have been a number of times that it’s happened and I find that I lose about a week of work by not working. Not cool when this pays bills, right?
So this last week of June, leading to this start of July, I redid my schedule again. Instead of just having M-F as workdays and the weekends off, which usually went some of those M-F days I might work and then goof off, meaning that I had to take the weekends to work. I don’t like that. I like having my weekends off. So, I decided to change up stuff. Next week, I’m going to start this new schedule where each day I concentrate on one article sit and work on that through the day. With this new schedule, I actually have Fridays off, while working a 34 hour week. Not bad and it means I get free time (with the provision that Fridays are free, but can be used to work). I think this could work.
Step III – Get into a working schedule that allows work and play without hurting work. GIVING IT A TRY!
So July is gonna getting priorities straight. I like paying bills and I enjoy it even more when I’m not in debt, so…let’s go!
- Survey: Most happy with being freelancers (kansas.com)
- How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Freelancer (clickfire.com)