Saturday, August 22, 2015

Another week closer

I'm almost to the point at which my schedule will become more bearable.  This week was the second of my three crazy weeks.  I have only one more left, and it won't be quite as bad as the last two.  Plus, I have today off, which will give me an opportunity to catch up on freelancing and housecleaning -- the latter being the first to be neglected when I get busy.

Seriously.  It's a minefield in here.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Plans for freelancing this fall

I got through this past week without getting sick, having a meltdown, or some other disaster, helped along somewhat by the fact that I've had a reduced freelance workload this week.  The stars aligned to help me out, I guess.

One week down.  Two to go.  Then I get my normal school-year schedule back.

Monday, August 10, 2015

See you on the other side

I had this weekend off, which was nice, but tomorrow begins the first of three weeks that will be the busiest of the summer.  I don't expect I'll be posting much during this time.  It'll probably be all I can do just to keep abreast of all my paying work.

I was glad for the weekend off, though.  I haven't had a day off in a while, let alone two in a row.  It allowed me to get some things done that I hadn't had a chance to do recently.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

A contract isn't slavery

Someone I know was venting this weekend about the real estate agent who listed her house taking Sundays off.  I was appalled at the seemingly automatic expectation that the agent should be at her beck and call, no matter what she wanted or when.  (All she wanted was an update on her house's listing... and it had only just been listed this week.)

I felt a little defensive for the real estate agent's sake, and I realized it was because I've encountered that attitude in clients myself: the notion that just because they hired me to do a certain job, it means that they own all of my time.  One client, for instance, wanted me to be on chat all day long, so that I was at his beck and call any time he wanted.  And he was paying me for a fairly small contract, not anything close to a full-time job.

A contract is not slavery.  It does not give you the right to make unlimited demands on my time.

So let's talk about what you can expect from a contract.