self-employed

All in a days work for a mother & writer

So when I started freelance writing I naively thought to myself that working from home in the school holidays was a huge benefit, and whilst I appreciate that I have saved precious money on childcare, I fear I may well spend said savings on wine, chocolate and dye to cover the grey hairs it is causing!

So far today I have finished sexing up an article about payment gateways (yes really!), played several games of snakes and ladders, broken up countless fights, poured multiple drinks, provided multiple snacks, come up with titles for the chapters of my latest eBook and responded to a load of emails.

Once I have fed the small people who are currently engrossed in How to Train your Dragon 2 and demanding yet more nourishment, I have to  start writing sections for a website for a client based in Dubai, rotate another load of laundry, no doubt break up countless more fights and arguments, write some more articles…. oh and help my 8yr old with her “predator” project for half term for which she wants to make a clay tarantula.

I have thus decided that MY lunch time will be spent researching summer playschemes, and shares in Blossom Hill, Chloroform and Duct Tape.

All in a days work for a mother and writer, now I need to go and get my washing in as it has just started raining again….!

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Career achievement

 
Hurrah! Had a fab email today letting me know that I am now “Top Rated” on oDesk which is the freelancing site I use to source some of my work. 

I’m pretty chuffed really as I’ve only been on oDesk a few months, but I’ve had some great feedback and some really interesting clients to work for, so I wanted to share / brag (hey at least I’m honest about it lol!)

Whilst I’m in a gloating mood I’ll share a couple of other feedback pics too….

   

So see there really is a good reason why I have been neglecting my blog – I’ve been busy being awesome!! 😜😜

Dee xoxox  

Freelancer Life!

I have realised I have been completely neglecting my blog lately, but I promise you it is for a good reason! Since I officially made Freelance Writing my full time career (ok, well not quite full time, but with a house to run and a husband and two kids to look after there doesn’t appear to be much time that I’m not running around like a headless chicken!), life has been even more manic than usual. Don’t get me wrong, I am supremely grateful that I have a job that allows me to sit in my pjs with my hair a mess and no-one knows. I am grateful that I don’t have a horrible commute. I am beyond grateful that I don’t have to get involved in office politics and can be my own boss.

But DAMN, no one tells you how hard this whole “setting up a business” malarkey really is! There is loads of paperwork, loads of things to set up…. and no one pays you for all that! Not to mention the actual work, which is coming in thick and fast. I took on a new client this week that I am very excited to be working with, and they will require two pieces of work each week. On top of my “regulars”! I am also currently working on an eBook for one of my long-term clients, which is a huge HUGE project. I have written nearly 8000 words for that this week alone!

I am currently in the process of sorting out my new website, which I am very excited about. It’s just taking a little longer than I expected, in part because I am a wee bit of a technophone, and also because I am just struggling for the time to do it! Fear not, I will post links up to it when I have finished.

In the meantime, I thought I would share links to my latest published pieces on SoundBodyLife and Feedmybaby

http://soundbodylife.com/spirulina-for-weight-loss/

http://soundbodylife.com/top-25-paleo-pinterest-boards/

http://soundbodylife.com/fermentation-done-right-a-beginners-guide/

http://www.feedmybaby.co.uk/top-6-best-baby-foods-for-brain-development/

http://www.feedmybaby.co.uk/best-gluten-free-baby-food-recipes/

I have also written an article about an awesome product called the Wacom Inkling – an ink to digital pen!

http://artistsinspireartists.com/art-tools/the-wacom-inkling

Hope you enjoy them!

I really hope to get back to my regularly scheduled blogging really soon! Be good without me!

Dee xoxo