I’ve never been very good at sitting around doing nothing. You know that saying, “patience is a virtue”? Well I don’t have that virtue when it comes to sitting back, relaxing and not needing to do much. I’m like a non-stop fidget spinner when waiting for something to happen. I need to be doing something rather than twiddling my thumbs. I need to feel like I’m moving towards my goal.
Despite friends and family telling me to “relax, enjoy the free time while you can,” I just can’t do it. I’ve set my mind to finding a job and so that’s pretty much all I can focus on and want to achieve right now.
This attitude explains why I’ve delved head-first into a couple of freelance content projects whilst waiting to hear on some full-time jobs I’ve applied for. I’m both excited and nervous. This is because:
A) It’s been over three years since I last freelanced and
B) My skillset has increased somewhat , so am now expected to know and do more.
I’ve pretty much been thrown, or jumped of my own accord, into the deep-end my entire career, so why break the habit now?
Firstly, I’m happy to say that my handcuffs are no longer hanging up. Me old muckers, Harmony have been in touch and I have the pleasure of doing some more copywriting for them in the coming days (possibly weeks), which is great. Getting back into bed with a brand you know so well is very comforting.
I’ve also agreed to help out a dental practice with their website content and some marketing strategy. I know, I know, health and medical isn’t usually my thing. Generally when I write, “Say ‘ah’ and open wide,” I’m not referring to dentistry tools being popped into someone’s mouth. But I’m keen for a challenge and believe I’m pretty darn good at turning my magic typing fingers to a range of topics. So lets give it a spin.
If I were a freelancer…
…full time, then I myself would need a much better website. And marketing plan. Basically everything I do professionally for other people and tell them they need to do, I also need to be better at. I’m aware of this. My site is better now than the shit-pot I had three months ago, but if I really go full-blown freelance then I need a site that rocks a client’s socks off. Which is why, along with doing these odd-job bits of work, I’m also working hard to nail my own (re)branding.
I’m bearing my soul and looking deep within my career skills to figure out why I’m the tits compared to other writers. It’s not easy. Trying to define your own brand or write about yourself professionally is like trying to justify why you’re even on this planet. Why do you even deserve to exist?
It’s hard not to put, “But I’m a really good writer, Sir. Honest. Take my word for it. Now pleeeeeaaase give me work.” *Holds out hands like a begging bowl.*
Luckily, I’ve been using a Brand Planner, created by a human that’s far superior to me on these matters. The best thing is, it’s working. I am starting to actually believe that (in booming voice):
I AM THE TITS!
It’s taken a while to get to this point, but progress is definitely being made. But there’s certainly more to come and then finding a web designer to make my brand/site look the tits while I make it sound awesome is a whole other headache.
Anyhoo, that’s about all my news. Exciting. Scary. Frustrating. Confusing. Yup, I’m on a bit of a rollercoaster of all of them right now. Please feel free to send words of wisdom/encouragement by posting below or sending me a tweet @RoseC_Leic. They will be gladly received.