I arrived in NC on Tuesday about midday and spent that evening as well as the rest of the week working. The thing that surprised me most? How much it doesn’t feel like work. Not having to go into an office and sit at a desk for 8 hours a day has meant I work from about 9:30 in the morning until close to midnight most days–but there are many more breaks, including some that last a couple of hours. As a result, I feel fresher and actually accomplish more.
I’ve also been surprised by how busy I’ve been. I expected my first few weeks to be full of downtime, as I worked to fill my client roster. Instead I’ve written guest posts for several sites and landed a new editing client; I researched sources for two articles I have in the works for a bridal magazine and interviewed others for a piece I’m working on for Pet Business. I also began to put together a new project that will hopefully create some reoccurring revenue with a minimal input of time each month (more on that later). Basically, I’ve been crazy busy.
While freelancing part time I didn’t understand how full-timers could just not have time to market themselves. Duh, I thought, it’s important and it should be a part of your week. But during week one I didn’t have any time to work on personal projects–with the exception of beginning to break down what I have to do to launch a syndicated newsletter.
Another thing that I just didn’t get was how hard it would be to stop working. As I mentioned, I’ve worked from 9:30 until midnight most days; this weekend I knew I needed to step away from the computer. But upcoming deadlines combined with not knowing many people in my new locale, it makes it way too easy to justify banging on my keyboard for just a little longer. This weekend I wound up putting things down and helping my Uncle build my Grandmother a new shed (yeah, I did that). But clearly shed-building is not an every-weekend occurrence. So some other way of finding balance needs to happen.
That said, it was a pretty damned good first week, all-in-all.
More From Me
Check out some of places I visited on the inter-webs this week (more to come):
- The wonderful Thursday Bram interviewed me about going freelance full time. I shared what financial steps I took to prepare for going freelance and what I’m looking forward to most.
- I posted over on Wringing Out Words why even a self published author needs an editor. The piece got some great comments, and the piece explains not just WHY an editor is a good idea, but WHAT you pay that editor to do.
- And finally, my favorite piece of the bunch, I shared what inspired me to walk out on a rather comfortable life and take the big risk that freelancing truly is–why I exchanged feeling “comfortable” for feeling “challenged.”
[Photo credit: flickr.com user L Gnome]