I have been freelance for 9 years already, and for now I love it. But it may happen that in future my attitude will change. As long as I enjoy what I do, I am not going to change my life drastically. But in case my work brings me more stress than enjoyment and satisfaction, in case I lose my “joie de vivre”, I will definitely start thinking about changing my way.
The post I’d like to share with you is a very interesting story of a freelancer who stopped his freelance career, cut his income in half, opened his agency, and became happier than ever.
Why I cut my income in half and stopped freelancing
Last month brought many positive things to my life. While June was extremely busy and became a champion among all 75 months of our business existence, July was quite slow and left enough time for summer rest and family weekends. Nevertheless it brought enough projects for building-up sound month earnings. This is great to feel that you can be confident about your finance even during slow periods.
Now — when I am torn between closing all projects and packing bags for tomorrow flight to the sea — a good idea has occurred to me. I decided to write a post before going to vacations. It is not about any mistakes that taught me something and it is not about some tricks or wisdom which could help in our profession. I want to say a few words about happiness of being freelance. Yes, so easy! I realized that I am really happy and I want to put this happiness into words and to discuss it with you. Continue reading 7 Reasons to Love Being Freelance
The idea of writing this post appeared during one of my ordinary proofreading projects when I had to correct other translator’s mistakes.
Today translation market is overcrowded with translators and all of them claim to be professionals. At the same time every now and then we see awfully translated manuals, menus, brochures, let alone more serious specialized texts which can be really dangerous if translated erroneously. Sometimes I have to select a team of translators for a specific project and I look through many resumes and test translations. And every time I get very surprised why so many people with higher education in linguistics and translation do their job so bad!
I remember that starting from my school years I have been from the human sciences league. I loved languages, history, literature… But the Russian language was my favorite. Continue reading Are You Sure You Can Be a Translator?
Sometimes you may get the impression that you regularly contact with your pool of customers and there is no way they can forget about you. However this impression is illusive. Your client is most probably a very busy person and he/she can easily confuse you with another freelancer.
When I am not too busy with projects I spend some time looking through the list of my clients and send them small reminders about myself: I may ask them to leave me a feedback or I inform about my new services or send them my vacation dates, etc.
A few days ago I’ve got one more prove that follow-up letters are extremely important in freelance. I contacted one of my best clients with the feedback request. Guess what… He was very surprised to hear from me and wondered if I was still freelancing. Continue reading Regular Follow-Ups: They Pay Off
All my life I’ve been living in Russia. Moreover I live in the Urals and summer is something unreliable and unpredictable here. For example, last year most summer days were cold and rainy. Thankfully my husband and I are both freelancers, and without a moment’s hesitation we left this God forsaken place and spent 1.5 months in Spain and Greece.
But this year has beaten all. June 2015 has turned out to be unexpectedly intensive, productive, and fruitful. I didn’t have time to post enough in Social Media and on my website, let alone diversified menu of my family which was badly-hit. Finally, this crazy month has ended, all invoices are issued, and I can catch a break and summarize a few things.
Continue reading Accounting and Visualization — Drivers of Freelance Business