I know I have not been updating this blog as much as I should be. The reason being is that I am so wrapped up with deciding how to transition from full time to freelance, along with going through the shenanigans of purchasing our first house, and getting life ready for a new baby. Since I want this blog to be mainly discussion of professional writing and editing, I refrain from boring the public with my personal life.
That being said, I have not much in the way of productive information to share without sounding completely redundant. Therefore, I have just not been updating.
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I realize I have gone too long in updating my blog. This month is busy with house hunting (and the bidding war that followed) along with what comes with moving. All of my energy the past few weeks was working on a manuscript edit. I was on a major time crunch and am blessed with a husband who can pick up the slack around the house for me while I juggle both a full time job and freelance career.
I considered cutting down to part time at my job, but found out that since it is such a small company, they are not eligible to have part time employees without having some type of certifications and paying lots of money. I always wanted to try to become ineligible for our company health insurance the baby and I could both be on my husband’s. This also is not a possibility if I cannot go part time. This means I have decisions to make regarding full time job versus freelance after the baby is born.
When it comes to having a freelance business, I am stuck in a rut. I want to take on more work, but am exhausted with pregnancy, house buying, full time job, and keeping current clients happy that I do not find the time to market myself to find more work. I need more clients to quit my job, but I need to find more hours in the day. However, I do not have the saved income to quit working full time either.
How do you find time to advertise your brand while you have your plate full?
Now that our little family is expanding to include a little one, I am faced with the usual dilemmas that all working moms encounter. I currently work full time and run my own freelance in the evenings. I tossed around the idea of cutting back my regular job to part time and still freelance.
However, since I work for a small company, many rules do not apply – including FMLA, maternity leave, and the fact they are not allowed to have part time employees. This makes my decisions a bit more difficult. I eventually want to jump into freelance full-time, but I do not have the clients or the savings built up to trust the bills will be paid. However, I am not keen on holding a full time job along with freelancing. I’m also very keen on continuing freelancing.
So the new challenge is deciding to stay at my current job full time, find another job (hopefully in my field) where I can work part time, or jump full on into freelancing and pray the bills do not fall behind. One the plus side, we are in the middle of job hunting and that will be complete by the time I job-shift. So I do not see that being an issue in the future.
How did you switch to freelance? Did you jump in with both feet or plan a transition with a savings cushion? Share your thoughts.
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