Two weeks ago I was so thrilled to have ‘won’ my first writing-related freelance project that I ran right out and squandered my as-yet-unearned fee on one helluva night at Bergamot (I actually seem to be incapable of having anything less than ‘one helluva night’ when I’m at Bergamot, but that is a post for a different day. Or no day. Ahem). Anyway, said project consumed my life in a way I should not have let it and golly I’m glad it’s over, but lessons learned and a few more fancy dinners earned.
Things I hate about freelancing:
- You can’t get hired unless you have experience. You can’t get experience unless you get hired.
- For writing projects in particular -formatting, formatting, formatting.
- I think I honestly care less about the work I am doing than I do about the communication style(s) of the people I am working with. I take “I’m not touching the document for the next two days,” pretty literally. So why did I get 8 emails from you in those two days!
- Billing. This is a necessary part of getting paid but I still don’t have enough hubris to bill with alacrity.
- Trying to freelance while (luckily also) having a full time job. Ow. Ow.Ow.
Things I love about freelancing
- Getting paid.
- Feeling all entrepreneurial ‘n’ shit.
- Sinful snacks while copyediting in my pajamas.
- Making my own hours.
- Pride of work being the final arbiter of quality.