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@schmittastic Gah! Yes! I'm on it. I totally owe you a post. And you're right-- totally on the same wave length. I always keep an eye out for your awesome vids and posts!
1 year, 2 months ago on One year later
Congrats on your anniversary! I've been at the freelancing thing for just over a year now, and while last year was a BIG learning experience, I'm out to make 2012 bigger, better, more profitable and much happier. Thrilled to be on the same pro-entrepreneurial team as you, chica! :D
I can relate to so much of what you're saying here! Aside from just wanting to be self-employed and work towards my own professional goals, my biggest reason for being a freelancer was my dog (and a chronic illness that I have to deal with, but mostly the dog).I like being around for her since she would freak out when we'd leave the house when she was a puppy. She's better now, but I don't want to keep her crated all day. Plus the midday walks with her are a nice break from work.
And I also get up and put thought into how I look-- I'm not one of those people who works at home and lives in pajamas. In fact, if I don't get dressed in at least something a little bit professional (meaning I could run into a client at the grocery store and not be embarrassed at how I look), then I can't switch into work mode. Although I do give myself one or to yoga pants days every month ;)
i also feel you on the coffee shop work environment. I love having a home office, especially on days when the weather is awful or I feel crummy or I have errands to run. I like having my work space so accessible. But there are days when I need to get out of the house to work, and Starbucks or one of the local indie coffee shops in my neighborhood turns into my office. I agree with you: my most productive days are usually amid the chaos of coffee brewing!
Anyway, just wanted to let you know I can totally relate to so much of what you're talking about! :)
1 year, 3 months ago on What I Like About Being An Entreprenewbie
schmittastic I downloaded the NaNo version of Scrivener to use for next month (I've used some beta versions of the regular program before and loved them), and just so you know ,the NaNo template is AMAZING. I spent hours tinkering with it today, fleshing out characters and plot points. Check into it if you haven't heard of it before-- you might find it super useful too! :)
1 year, 7 months ago on The NaNoWriMo Challenge
schmittastic Oh, I signed up as soon as I saw that :) Do you have an idea of what you'll write about? I've found that the years I prepare a little and have a rough outline I do much better than the years I wing it!
Great idea! I've participated in NaNo every year since 2006 or 2007. I've "won" a few times, but not every year. Last year I was working on my MFA thesis at the same time while also freelancing and doing a 20-hr a week internship, and it became next to impossible to keep my brain functioning through all of that!
So I'm back on board this year, and it's the first time I'll be doing it while not in college or grad school, so I'm confident this will be a winning year for my NaNo. It's such a fun challenge, and it really works for me because deadlines are the best way to motivate myself. They don't allow me the luxury of wasting time worrying about if I should or shouldn't take action. NaNo gives you a solid reason to just go ahead and do it!
Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with, including you! :)
This is such a great point. When I launched my resume writing and copwriting business, I reached out to friends and family first. Turns out, almost *everyone* I know needed a new, improved resume for all sorts of reasons-- looking for a new job, advancing in a company, switching from military to civilian, getting an internship, landing that first job. If I hadn't started with the people I know, I never would have gotten the business off the ground, mainly because from they all referred other people to me. (I also never would have known that so many of them were making career changes! It's crazy. People always need a polished, updated resume.)
I also openly tell my friends on facebook about my career moves and that ends up getting me messages from people who either run small businesses and need copy, or friends who spot freelance writing jobs and send me the link because they know that's what I do.
It really does help to start with who you know! Friends and family can be your greatest resource when you're growing your presence. I equate it to beginning a snowball-- you start small, then it gets rolling and you pick up more and more speed/size along the way.
Great post!! :)
1 year, 8 months ago on Start With Who You Know