For better or worse, I think it’s likely that I’ll continue freelance writing as my career for the foreseeable future.
I was messaging with Alyssa at Fight MS Daily about how to get started in freelancing and doing so gave me a shot of encouragement as well.
I’ve been feeling burned out on it for a while, but maybe I just needed a perspective check. I tend to get burned out in almost every job I do.
But freelancing uniquely suits a lot of what I’m looking for in terms of work. It allows me to set my own schedule, so I can nap whenever I need to, pick up my youngest from school, and make it to doctor appointments and therapy.
It also pays about double what I could earn at other jobs, so I make a very good living for part-time work. It also gives me some variety in terms of writing on diverse subjects for different clients, so I don’t get bored.
Also, it’s what I have the most experience in doing. Even in spite of my MS-related cognitive challenges, I’m still able to write. Trying to get a different job is difficult because so much of my experience for so many years has been as a writer and because I have physical challenges that would make it harder to work other jobs.
I do miss seeing coworkers every day, that’s true. But I could try harder to meet other people. And let’s face it: my personality isn’t particularly well-suited to working in corporate environments or with a boss breathing down my neck.
I may have essentially painted myself into a corner in terms of freelancing, but it’s not such a bad corner.