Earn a really mediocre part-time income

Some of you know that for the last few months I've been trying to nudge my career in a different direction. More magazine work. More time for the novel. Mo better. You may also remember that earlier this spring I was embroiled in a project that was about as dynamic as writing a phone book, but involved thinking. During this time of temporary insanity, I joined a multi-level marketing skin care cult and have been happily alienating plying friends and family with product for weeks. That was a whim. Being a freelance writer, well, not such a whim.

I'm one of the fortunate ones. I make a decent living writing, especially if you think in 1985 dollars. I have regular work. I pay taxes. I buy yarn. And, I work from home with Mitch and the cats. Except for the work part, it's all quite lovely.

When people ask about freelancing, I'm never quite sure what to say, because I've been doing it since I was 22. Part of my success has to do with staying put. I have deep, deep connections, and happily, have only burned one or two bridges in my time. I have a couple of niches; among freelancers there is great debate on this one--do you specialize or generalize? In the perfect world, you do both; keep your options open, but have one or two areas where you can place fringey stories. Right now I'm trying to expand from higher education and knitting into a third--alternative health. Mix it up, otherwise you'll disembowel yourself with your fountain pen.

Oh, and make deadlines. I always tell people, a monkey can successfully freelance if he uses spell check and makes deadlines because he's competing against crazy freelance writers.

And now I'm going to hit post because I have to get back to my brilliant career.

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August 24. 2006 06:45

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Sounds like you love what you do.  Even at "1985 dollars" that is something most people can not say.

You are a creative person and appears to be happy with what you do.  Expanding outside your niches will only make you a better and more creative artist...whether you are writing or knitting!

I love what I do.  Nonetheless, I recently applied for another job in the same organization.  Learned today I didnt get the job.  I'm okay with that.  Sure, the job and the money would have been fun.  I know I would have been a success.  But I do truly love what I do.  I can go back to that job tomorrow morning with happiness in my heart.  And an expanded view of what I can do.

Enjoy meeting those deadlines!  Expand your niches!  Finish that novel!  You'll only make a great person even better...

John |

August 27. 2006 01:53

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Thanks Leslie for posting about The Movement for a Tolerant World on your blog.

We would appreciate if others would do so too. Our website is www.tolerantworld.org check it out.

We cannot do this alone and your help spreading the word about TMTW will go along way to make the change we all so much want. The website again is www.tolerantworld.org.

Thanks

Levi

Levi |

August 27. 2006 01:54

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Thanks Leslie for posting about The Movement for a Tolerant World on your blog.

We would appreciate if others would do so too. Our website is www.tolerantworld.org check it out.

We cannot do this alone and your help spreading the word about TMTW will go along way to make the change we all so much want. The website again is www.tolerantworld.org.

Thanks

Levi

Levi |

December 15. 2006 23:58

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OK~

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June 29. 2007 16:51

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