State of the Freelancer

standard November 19, 2008 4 responses

“So? How’s the writing coming along?” They always ask. And truthfully, it’s a valid question. I quit a job with a steady paycheck to follow my bliss and become a writer. It makes sense that four months later people would want to know how I was getting on with becoming the next great American writer.

“Ah, it’s, ah, going great!” I answer, because it is! I love being a writer. I love spending my days writing articles. I love everything about it, not the least of which is seeing my name at the top or bottom of something I’ve composed and published.

But I’m pretty sure that’s not what they want to know. They want to know if I’m making any money. And, ah, so far, not so much. So then stammer and launch into my favorite explanation: I’m treating my new business like a Start-Up. I’m networking like crazy. I’m writing as much as I can and getting my name out there. I’m making plans. I’m thinking big. And I’m trying hard not to worry about the limited income. Hey, at least I’m doing better than most Start-Ups, I’m not bleeding money!

Oh, and in case you were wondering where else you can read all my brilliant prose…
I recently started writing for New Mother Central, where I’d love some comment love and support.
I write weekly(ish) at Type-A Moms, where I’m the Babies editor and where you can win awesome prizes all week.
I write bi-weekly(ish) at Silicon Valley Moms Blog. Where I’m known as Rose.
Of course I Twitter hourly, but most of you already know that.