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Will Freelance for Money – Getting Paid!

Okay, you all know what I’m going to say.

Sorry, job, real life, yadda yadda. But I’m here, yeah? I will totally never leave you guys fully (unless one day I totally leave you guys fully).

So I started at this new job of mine as an independent contractor. That’s the fancy name you get when you’re starting out as a freelancer for a company. It makes sense – they try you out, you try them out, and if it all works together, then boom. You may not be an IC anymore (you could go full time!) Read the rest of this entry

Gina, What’re You Doing Again?

Yo readers!

So the past few weeks, I’ve lamented about turning 35 and looking for a career, talking about internships, and getting a portfolio, etc. I probably mentioned what path I’m pursuing, but I don’t think I’ve explained exactly what it is I’m doing. So if you’re wondering why my awesome blog isn’t being updated every week (you know, when I’m actually updating every week), here’s the answer. Read the rest of this entry

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

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.

Humble Beginnings, Part II

So in January, I decided to start looking into this freelancing thing. It first led me to oDesk, where freelancers and companies come together. If you haven’t heard of it, you should check it out. So I did that for two jobs, which brought in a little bit – not much – just a little.

Here’s a helpful tidbit for those thinking about freelancing – you aren’t gonna see the money for a bit, depending. That was what I learned as I delved into this new world. It was good to know, so then when I got $94 for working for Break Studios (check them too), I was quite happy; more so than I thought I would get. Hey, $94 bucks is nothing to laugh at, especially when you have bills that might total up to about $94 bucks; or groceries or…well, whatever you need to pay off.

So I start writing articles – how tos, what is, general stuff – not bad for someone who’s never done it before. And then I found Bright Hub. That was a definite help and that’s where things began to change…