Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel

In our last installment, I had been relieved from my duties at my now-former place of employment. However, I was hopeful that I could nab a short-term contract to finish up the catalog I had most recently begun work on. Wednesday, I received word that the paperwork was in process, and I could expect to be back at work as a contractor on, probably, Thursday.

Late Wednesday night, as I write this, I’ve heard nothing further.

Once I get back to the office, be it Thursday or Friday or even next week, I’ll have to read that contract very carefully. I had offered an hourly rate, and the contract came back as a package price based on that. Which is fine, and completely logical. However, I want to make sure that I don’t wind up signing an agreement to finish up this job for a fixed rate, and then get roped into twice as many hours as were estimated, thereby halving my income from it. I’ll be looking for some sort of “and if this project takes more than an estimated 100 hours…” kind of thing in there. I don’t expect that it will, especially when the press dates are figured in, but just in case. I don’t want to shoot myself in the foot the first time I do this.

When this contract is up, I would very much like to try to make a go of full-time freelance. The cats were STARING AT ME on Wednesday, so I went down to my local Starbucks to get some work done in peace. Yes, I became one of Those People. And you know what? It’s a terrific work environment. I got a lot done while I was there. My to-do list is still threatening to squash me, but I feel as though I made a healthy dent. I spent a good amount of time going through ancient files, building my online portfolio (still not ready for public viewing, sorry) and remembering how much fun it was to create logos. And how much I’m enjoying the idea of going into work, putting on headphones, and LEAVING AT 5. That’s right, leaving. At 5. Not spending half my day fielding interruptions from people who want various pesky things from me. Go in, do my job, leave. That sounds soooooo good to me right now.

A few people have suggested that I could write for a living, too. I am tickled that folks (including a couple of professional writers!) like my writing enough to say so, but I’ve never before written to someone else’s specifications. I am, however, a pretty darn good editor. Either of those avenues would be interesting to try out.

In the meantime, here’s a list of what I accomplished on Wednesday:

  • Showered and dressed
  • Started to-do list (Hey, I have ADD. A list is an accomplishment!)
  • Ordered new contact lenses (Night & Day by CIBA Vision. Love them. Loooooove them.)
  • Left message to make an appt. with dermatologist
  • Sent email to two potential clients
  • Had phone discussion re: contract to finish up project left in limbo
  • Left message for a friend regarding sitting for his cat
  • Nearly finished one of two web portfolio pages
  • Shipped two etsy orders
  • Fixed my wireless network (with the help of Dave)
  • Updated my LinkedIn profile
  • Researched cost of CS3 Design Standard software package (ouch)
  • Unsuccessfully shopped for miniature thank-you cards for etsy orders
  • Successfully shopped for rod for guest room curtains
  • Met friends for last bowling league game of the season

I have a ton more to do when I get some more time, but for now, a freelance gig is interrupting my freelance preparation. There are worse problems to have. 🙂

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6 Replies to “Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel”

  1. DUDE! Freelance is SO the way to go. Business has been great for us, and just keeps getting better. All these agencies that are letting people go, are contracting more and more of their work. I bet this is the beginning of BIG things for you! Hooray!

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  2. Freelance *is* good. I’m enjoying it even if I have no delusions of replacing my salary with it. And don’t worry, the cats will stop staring and the walls will stop whispering after a while – at least you’ll learn to ignore them. When I can’t take it, I also find Panera to be a happy place to work and they have convenient power outlets and free soda refills. 😉

    So, Miss Designer, why are you shopping for mini txs notes?! You could so produce your own in no time flat. And they’d be cooler than anything on the market. Just sayin’

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  3. I thought of making my own, but I was hoping to buy more of the sort with wee envelopes. I very much don’t look forward to hand-cutting and hand-glueing tiny little flaps. Perhaps a trip to Local Craft Emporium will unearth something less expensive than one of those ginormo specialty die cutters.

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