If you keep up with me on the social media you already know that I am no longer (completely) unemployed. I am now the proud owner of my first freelance gig. I am the webmaster for a small local arts group. I do things like send out their newsletter, update their website and post to their blog. It’s a few hours a week, or at least that’s the idea, and I’m doing it from home as a contractor.
I am really, really excited about this for a few reasons:
1. It’s completely, totally different from my work as an engineer.
2. I am working in the local arts community, if only peripherally, which is seventeen kinds of cool.
3. I can do it in my pajamas.
4. Having a paid gig, however small, makes me feel that I am not completely deluding myself into thinking I can freelance.
The website uses Joomla, something I’ve had limited exposure to until now. Right now I am mostly getting my feet wet and learning the system. I will say that all of my time blogging and fiddling around with this site has definitely come in handy. I am a programmer, but writing C code to control big machines is a little bit different than managing a website. Once I get the hang of it, I have grand plans for world domination. We’ll see if that works out for me.
I am still scared a lot of the time, I will admit it. But I can also see how it’s coming together. I have a small job. I wrote my maternity leave guide (which I’ll be speaking about in a second), and I plan to take my week away to write some articles for submission. I believe that I can do this, and I’m going to try. And if you see me in my pajama pants at the Starbucks, you’ll know exactly why. Because I’m a freelancer, that’s why. Yes I am, and I’m excited about it.
Quick Guide to Canadian Maternity Leave
I mentioned last week that I am working on a guide to maternity leave here in Canada. The guide is finished. It’s meant for Canadian parents who want to understand what sort of leave they’re entitled to, how it works and how to go about applying. It’s a very pretty PDF with pictures and graphics and I am rather proud of it.
Now I just need to wrestle with the technology to get all of that stuff in place. I am crossing my fingers that Bob, the little man who controls the internet, is feeling co-operative and plays nicely. Here’s how it’s going to work. I am going to trust Bob and put the guide up there on the internet. You will come here anytime after September 21st, enter your email address, confirm your email address, and receive the guide to your inbox.
In the process you will be subscribed to my mail list (which is not the same thing as getting posts to your inbox). I will be using the list is to keep you up-to-date with the things I’m doing, once a month or so. If you want to subscribe to my mail list but don’t want the guide that’s fine – you will receive it, but you are free to delete it without reading it. There will be no pop quiz. You are also able to unsubscribe from the list at any time.
Now I am off to load two kids in the car and make the trek to Bamfield. In the meantime, any intercessions with Bob on my behalf would be greatly appreciated.