Freelance Lessons and Resolutions
And so the year has passed and gone. Now that things are back to normal after the chickenpox, I am belatedly sizing up the year that was and making my New Year’s resolutions (because it is impossible to be thinking of New Year’s resolutions when one is bed with the pox).
Last year brought with it some freelance lessons I will always take to heart:
- Be brave, little one. Starting off your freelance career means one should be brave enough to send out feelers to possible prospects. I was lucky that S, who was my boss at a publishing house 5 years ago, had e-mailed me the contact information of an Internet marketing guy who was looking for a writer. Unfortunately for me, I read S’s e-mail one year later!
- Ask and it shall be given to you. At the off-hand chance that S’s former client might still be looking, I sent him an e-mail offering my services. And that is what got my freelance career moving last year.
- Seek and you shall find. The second half of the year was a dry spell, writing wise, and I was looking for something challenging to do. Thanks to Noah, whom I had worked with at the old arts and culture blog, I found Angie, who’s into crafts and sewing and whose weekly newsletters I now do.
This year, the quarter is starting off fine. I’m doing Angie’s newsletters regularly now. These newsletters are always a joy to make because I get to practice my coding and fledgling Photoshop skills. And I’m editing a book, AGAIN! I’m just so happy to be using my Chicago Manual again. Glad to be editing. I think my editing skills are getting rusty so this ebook is good practice.
And because of all these freelance activities, I have resolved to do the following this year:
- I will save all my freelance earnings this year. So help me God.
- I will use my time wisely and well and learn when it’s time to stop writing, relax, and watch Gossip Girl.
- I will try to do more things that feed the soul, such as catching writing talks, visiting art galleries, reading more online and off. Specifically do more things that do not involve sitting down and being in front of the computer.
- I will take notes when I’m writing and not let a good quote pass me by.
- I will write more frequently, online and off.
So help me with all these well-intentioned resolutions, God.
What’s your freelance and writing resolutions?
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