Thursday, April 11, 2013

Balancing goals and freelancing

Tracking my progress on my goals this year has had an interesting effect on my freelancing:  I'm not anymore.

Part of it is that since I've been working part-time as an after-school nanny, freelancing is not my primary occupation anymore, and as a result I've been lax on marketing and putting myself out there.  Another part of it is that I've been deliberately trying to shift some of my focus to my novel writing, and that's what a great deal of my goals are about.  I think keeping track of my goals -- my very un-freelancing oriented goals -- caused me to shift more of the focus to my novels than I had intended.

I am still trying to decide whether I like the end result.  It's a little less income, on one hand, but on the other, it's also... more time with my novels.

Like I said, it wasn't entirely unplanned.  Some of the website updates that I have planned were actually supposed to make this more of a blog and less of a marketing website -- not removing myself from freelancing entirely, just shifting the focus of my website so that my novels get equal real estate with my freelancing.  It's just surprising to realize suddenly how little freelancing I've been doing -- there's been a steady decline since I took the nanny job almost a year and a half ago.

But I guess that's the thing about it being a freelancing career -- I am not chained to a desk, and I can change my career whenever and however it suits me.  I just have to decide whether this does suit me.


sandeep said...

yea money is very important and its good whether its coming from your day job or from freelancing. But the most important thing is you must go for the things you really enjoy and want to do in your life. We get the life once. I don't know you believe in it or not but i do believe in it :) If you feel like you must write the novel stick to it. Yes, it won't support you financially. But its your heart's call and it matter ...don't know about you but at least for me :)

Katharine Swan said...

Sandeep, I'm so sorry I forgot to approve your comment sooner. It got somewhat drowned in the overwhelming amounts of spam comments that my blogs get.

My post was definitely not intended to criticize my novel pursuits for the lack of money. For one thing, I have hope that eventually I'll be selling my novels and making some money. But I also knew when I made the decision to spend more time on it that I would be giving up a certain amount of income. I just didn't mean to give up so much of my freelancing -- that happened more from being too busy, and being too lazy when I'm not busy, than because my novel is calling. ;o)

For the time being, I'm not going to do too much about this. I do want to keep working on the novel, and since I'll be working more hours over the summer (the kids being out of school) I'll wait until fall to try to rebuild my freelance client base. I'll write a more in-depth post about this, but I wanted you to know that you're not off base -- I do plan on continuing to work on the novel.


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