… or, Finish your work while you still have a client!
“The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you’ve heard this one before, please, go ahead and scream your head off, then realize you’re screaming at your computer monitor again.
One day, back when I was oppressed by The Man, I was talking to a local business owner and I mentioned how nice it must be to own the place where you work, free to come and go as you please, etc.
His reply was, “Yeah, when you work for yourself, you get to choose which seven days you’re going to work each week.”
There are times, particularly early in a new career, that you simply must “live to work,” rather than “working to live”, until you reach the point where clients/customers come to you, instead of you chasing after them and you are financially secure. And, Sparky, that part comes only after a lot of hard work and you’ve shown you are really worth it.
“Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Being a freelance writer can be pretty awesome. In fact, it’s the best job in the world, isn’t it? You bet it is!
You make your own hours, a traffic jam during your morning commute is two cats trying to get through the kitchen door while you’re in the high speed lane to the coffee machine. Also, you can wear, or not wear Really? You had to go there? anything you want. But after, like, six years of working at home, writing for computers, I learned you really need to pay attention and buy new clothes sometimes anyway because, eventually, you will need to go out… where other people are.
Another thing you need to pay close attention to, as your own boss, is just how productive your employee is. It is so easy to go for cake, then be too full for Brussels sprouts.
Meaning, it’s really great to commit to posting a blog entry every day, and do your very best to accomplish it but, my lovelies, I’ve got paying work I need to get done, and my boss is on my ass!