Losing focus or seeing opportunties?

We deal with a lot of frustration in life. Getting beyond the immediate consequences and deciding how to keep moving forward seems a bigger challenge each time.

Case in point: I applied for a copy editing position a few months ago, had a couple of interviews and was a finalist. But, as you guessed, someone else was offered the position.

It’s not the first time and likely won’t be the last. But every time it happens it seems to get harder to move in a direction I’m certain is the one I want to take.

Do I want a full-time position with benefits? Yes. But having enough freelance clients Continue reading “Losing focus or seeing opportunties?”

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Practicing what I preach

With so much time spent on my freelance writing efforts, I’ve recently noticed I’m taking a closer look at the words I write. Kind of makes sense, right?

If I’m telling people everywhere I go that I’m a freelance writer, I guess I should make more than sure the content I produce reflects my best effort and abilities. So I’m taking a little longer when I tweet something. Although I’m still getting used to having so many more characters now that Continue reading “Practicing what I preach”

Ups and downs, slings and arrows

A couple of writing assignments, some interest in a potential working relationship with a web developer, I might help edit a book and a bunch of networking. Oh, and my own name tag.

That about sums up the last several weeks of my freelance writing endeavors, from an optimistic point of view. On the other hand, there’s been some realizations that I have a lot to learn, it really does take a long time and I wonder how registering my business would affect my taxes.

Just like applying for a regular job, there’s a lot of waiting to hear from people and companies. Some of them don’t return emails and other messages. Maybe they’re just too busy. It couldn’t have anything to do with me, right? Continue reading “Ups and downs, slings and arrows”

Taking my temperature, as it were…

So how’s the freelance thing going?

It’s been about what I expected, sometimes it seems I’m moving forward, other times not so much. Pretty much like anything.

I’ve been focused on a twin approach to my next career step for about the last three months. Looking for a full-time job that would still let me use my writing and editing skills in a stable environment that pays me a livable wage. Not too much to ask, I don’t think. And the second approach has been to research, network and apply – or bid, as the case may be – for freelance work.

The later has been frustrating when I get a nibble on a bid and start negotiating with a potential client. This has so far been done through a couple of Continue reading “Taking my temperature, as it were…”

Do what you do best

My last blog post was all about how I wasn’t too inspired to learn some new skills and knowledge to take my career search in a certain direction. As chance would have it, fate stepped in soon after that to get me moving in another – and familiar – direction.

Someone in one of the Denver-area Meetup groups I was following sent a link to a three-part video series from a freelance web developer, Ryan Waggoner. While some of the tips, advice and recommendations he gave came from his profession, most of it can be likely be applied to a lot of other professions. Including writing.
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