My dream is to get published. Like many writers, I want to see my name on the cover of a book. I want to sit at a table inside a bookstore and greet the beautiful faces of those who read my masterpiece.
However, right now I just need to pay the bills.
Right before I started working as a freelancer, I had embraced a new beginning as a blogger and aspiring author. I had ideas for my YA book floating all over the place. I had also started writing a children’s book series. I was excited and I was connecting with so many other aspiring writers and published authors.
And then, I became ‘working mom’. I discovered that freelancing was wonderful in that I could work whenever I wanted; however, I also discovered that I could pretty much work 24/7 because there was always something to do.
I started to work as a freelance editor last July. I was able to quit my part-time job that consistently called me off or only scheduled me for only one or two hours a week. Best of all, I was able to work from home, save money on gas, and not leave my kids.
I continue to feel the worth I bring to the company. I enjoy seeing the success my work brings and the connections it builds. I know that my devotion is helping another succeed.
This is the beauty that is freelancing.
However, as a freelancer, you can pretty much be “on call” 24/7, depending on who you work for–and if you’re needed, you have to just suck it up and do it.
I often find myself getting lost in my work. Each day I am able to get my daily stuff done, but I also know I can always do more, work ahead, etc.
There is ALWAYS something you can be working on when you are a freelancer.
Since I started in July, I have had two days off–both due to illness. I work seven days a week. I answer emails related to my job all day long. But I don’t hate it.
And now, seven months in, I am desperately missing the goals I was pursuing back in July. I am doing everything I can to find the time to finish what I started and catch my dreams. I know they are only a short distance away…I just need to find the balance.
When you freelance, there is no end in sight.
This is the beast that is freelancing.
If you are a freelancer, what are the biggest obstacles that you face?
…as always, thank you for sharing your thoughts 🙂
- 15 Tips for Getting Started in Freelance Writing (meghanjoyward.com)
- To Freelance or Not To Freelance, that is my question (bob-roberts.net)
- 5 Basic Things You Need To Become A Freelance Writer (bizsugar.com)
- How to Start Freelancing Full-Time (mint.com)
- Beautiful: Freelancers Trade Days Off for Freedom (christainnewyork.com)
- How Much Time Should I Devote to Freelancing? (freelancefolder.com)
- Earning a Living: How to Write Professionally (english.answers.com)