I turned down my first new client the other day. It was mostly a disappointing act, although I have to say part of the reason was I wasn’t overly excited about what I would have been writing.
It was for an air freight publication in England, so there was also a big time difference when it came to communication. The subject matter was not overly exciting, but it would probably be interesting.
It would not have made me rich, of course, but the pay was acceptable. A big factor in my decision was having a few more personal and family responsibilities. Nothing major, but things I want to address I expect will surface more frequently in the months and years ahead.
I also reconsidered my priorities in deciding whether to accept the freelance position. I have mentioned before that my professional goal is to land a full-time, work-at-home writing position. Something I look forward to doing each day and that pays me enough to live on.
Pretty much like a lot of people, right? I don’t want to waste much of my life commuting to an office when I have a nice, quiet, productive home office of my own. And in this day and age, there are not as many reasons to even have an office if you own some types of businesses. So if the content I would be asked to produce is interesting and worthwhile — and for a company or organization I admired — I think I would be happy.
I have to admit I haven’t been as aggressive in finding that position as I should have been. So I’m hoping this motivates me to be more pro-active in seeking these types of positions. Like all jobs, there will be a lot of competition. But I’ve been on a good trend professionally since the last few months of last year, so the timing should be good, too, right?
I have become a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, which actually quickly led to this earlier mentioned offer of the freelance position. So I want to continue to explore how this organization can help me reach this goal.
I need to increase my networking activity again, too. I haven’t had many referrals or other contacts from the many Meetups and such gatherings I attended in the last year or so, but it’s apparently important. My LinkedIn activity could be greater as well. So there’s that to focus upon.
As many people wiser than I have pointed out, it’s all up to me, to each of us individually:
“The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.”
So here I go, getting my mojo back and reaching for more. I hope you do the same, whether it’s a professional or personal goal. Imagine what this world might be if we all reached our full potential. I want to do my part.