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When in Doubt, Network!

So thanks to the economy and those pesky things called bills, last year I went looking for a full-time job and got one doing tech support towards the end of the month. Oh, I still have my occasional freelancing gigs, but it’s all about paying the rent and getting out of debt, you know. One of the good things about coming back to the workforce, especially when phone tech support, is that you meet a lot of new and interesting people.

I’m sure I’m not the only person who has or is doing some office work and freelancing on the side, so you’ve probably encountered folks who may have been interested in what other things you do – this can certainly be family and friends, but I’m talking about co-workers and yes, even clients. Working tech support for an ISP, I of course speak to a lot of different people, every minute, of every hour, of every day that I’m working; many are just regular folks having issues, but once in a while I speak to folks that are doing what I am – freelancing/work at home/small business – and I basically make a new friend. Read the rest of this entry

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How to Deal with a Clingy Client

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

The Freelance Worker – How to Freelance While Working Corporate

So many freelancers traded their day jobs for the freedom that freelancing delivers that some corporate jobs don’t. For many of these guys and gals, they left their high paying corporate jobs in order to do their dream job – whether it be freelance writing, freelance web design, programming, etc, the idea of being able to work for yourself and doing what you love is appealing to everything that makes us human.

But along with that, many of these same freelancers will tell you to start small and start while you’re still working. The freelance life isn’t for everyone and for those who aren’t prepared, it’s easy to crash and burn.

I’m happy to say that I haven’t crashed and burned yet and for all my moaning about being more famine than feast, I actually enjoyed my time as a freelance writer; so much so that I’m still freelance writing. If you’ve been following, you know that I just scored a job as office manager for the local office of Assisted Transition; the job is great and looks to be allowing me to follow some of the interests and loves that I didn’t think I’d be able to in just one job description.

But Gina, if you’re doing the corporate thing, why are you still freelancing?

Well, the answer is pretty simple really. Extra money, but more than that, I’m still making a name for myself without the famine. Since I’ve been freelance writing I have noticed some trends – one is that the summer months are usually a lot slower than the rest of the year. This was certainly true last year when I struggled more during the months of June thru August, September. I haven’t figured out why, other than the fact that it’s the summertime, when everyone is out of school or taking vacations.

This is where having the job works well. But once things pick up, I’ll still be freelancing; I’ll just be ‘moonlighting’.

While my boss is aware that I freelance, I don’t do so at work (for obvious reasons), but that may not be the case with some other bosses, hence the moonlight nights. The best way to freelance and work? Finding a time that works well for you; I’ve discovered that trying to freelance after work does not work for me, but the weekends (like today) are perfect. It’s when I’m updating my website, doing the blog, and I’ve even assigned time for it.

Any readers out there freelancing and working at the same time? Let me know how it’s working for you in the comment section below!

Back to the Old Grind – Returning to the Work Force

oDesk Freelancer-RJ Nieto

oDesk Freelancer-RJ Nieto (Photo credit: thumbbook)

If you’re just starting out in the freelance world, you’ll probably hear and read thousands and millions of testimonals on how the freelancing life is so great, freelancers will never want to return to the workplace environment of 9 to 5, cubicles, and rush hour traffic ever again.

But what about those of us who do want to return? Are we bad freelancers?

There seems to be a resounding yes to that question, however I’m not so sure.

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that my first official year as a freelancer did not go the way I planned it. Coinciding with my move from one state to a completely different and new state, I fully expected to just freelance for a few months before finding a job and then moonlighting on the side.

Yeah. Did not happen.

However, I did discover that I did enjoy the ability to set my own schedule and thus, when I alleviated the stresses of paying for rent and other bills, made the discovery that I quite like being a freelance writer. Of course, with summer coming up, I have plans on moving back to Colorado, which means I need to ensure that I don’t make the mistake I did moving to the state the first time.

That means finding a job.

What many of these ‘down with corporate work, up with freelancing!’ blogs don’t mention is that many of these pros had financial backing underneath them. Whether it was a working spouse or that of saved income from a well paying job, making the move and sticking with freelancing wasn’t a dire move. But in their defense, they will of course mention that before you jump the job ship, you make sure you can survive.

Personally, I find nothing wrong with freelancing for a while and then getting back into the daily grind. The great thing about our US Great Recession is the fact that freelancing has now become a very lucrative avenue for both individuals and professionals. What does this mean?

It means we could pretty much have our job and freelancing, too, especially when combined together. More and more companies are looking to freelancers to handle positions that would normally involve health insurance and having an actual person in the seat. Freelancers can now be hired to work on a permanent basis with only a few hours or days within the corporate office.

I have found a few different positions that would offer me the same flexibility of schedule, but with a job job pay. Best of all, one of those positions could lead to a permanent employment opp once I move back to Denver. If you’re freelancing, take a look at some jobs, like data entry, tech support, or even reception; in many cases, these can be done at home without needing the office atmosphere.