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Balancing freedom and security in a freelance career

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I’m one year into my freelance career in biomedical writing and editing, and I just passed my two-year blogiversary. So, I suppose it’s time for me to take a look back and evaluate my progress. In general, freelancing boils down to balancing the need for financial security with the freedom to plan my own day. Freelancing is…

This freelance thing? It’s a lot of work.

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Well, I’m into month 2 of my full-time freelance career as a medical writer. And I’m still trying to get used to it. I’m very busy, so that’s good. But I’m sure I am not managing my time efficiently – there are a lot of hats to wear when you’re doing it all yourself. And…

Two days in…and it’s all about time

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Well, I am officially my own boss. Everything is completely up to me. The best part? I finally have huge blocks of time available to me…during the day. There shouldn’t be any reason for me to be up at 3AM anymore. Rather than “fit in” my freelance work around other responsibilities, now my responsibility IS my freelance…

My 5-year plan

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I’m coming into the final stretch of what has been a pretty crazy two months, mostly because I made the decision to have what essentially amounts to three jobs: my part-time agency job, my freelance business, and a contract job. On the AMWA listserv, there was a question posted recently about the wisdom of combining freelance…

Watch out! It’s a deadline crash!

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In my year-end post, I believe that I listed “Time management and scheduling” as an area for improvement in 2011. Two months in? Not doing so great. I have never been busier in the nearly 8 years since I started The Tobin Touch. Which is good, fantastic even, except that it requires me to have…

Start at the End

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Just a quick post on time management and deadlines. Used to be, when I did this freelancing medical writing thing on the side, I’d have one project at a time. I’d finish it, and if I had another project waiting, well, that was a bonus. I’d move onto that one, finish it, etc., etc. Now that the “on…

Giving in to the rollercoaster

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I knew that this was going to be the hardest part of being a freelancer – the ups and downs of the work schedule. And I anticipated that it would be a source of incredible stress. I like order, organization, predictability. (Which is why I had such a difficult time after my first child was…

A Night Owl With a Day Job

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I’ve always worked better in the wee hours of the morning. It’s quiet. There are no distractions. No one to call, nothing on TV, just a large block of time characterized by nothing but a still hush. Add a fresh pot of coffee and the possibilities are endless. I imagine Edward Hopper’s painting, but with…

Time Debting is my New Thing

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So I started to get serious about going freelance back in April, and four months on, I think the hardest part for me has been the ebb and flow of my schedule (and cashflow). And then there’s this nagging little voice in my head that is constantly reminding me that time is money. Now it…

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