Happy holidays! What better way to show the freelancer in your life that you care than by getting them oddly specific, practical Christmas gifts? Here are some useful and fun gifts you can get your favorite freelance writer, designer, consultant, etc., this winter season.
When I first graduated, I pictured most ideal jobs being like this: a 9-to-5 office; my own little cubicle or desk; a hip, cool office with young, creative people; and a daily commute on the train.
I never considered working remotely, and I didn’t know what it entailed. Initially when I’d find out a job was remote, I’d feel crestfallen and imagined I’d feel isolated and lonely within weeks of starting the job. For a lot of people, their workplace is their main source of friendship and community. I mean, you spend at least 40 hours a week there, and you have something in common with these people—a love for teaching, writing, coding, singing, etc. Or maybe you all just bond over how much you hate your job. That can be equally as bonding.
It can also be hard working remotely when you’re young and just starting out your career. A lot of the pros of working from home sometimes don’t apply to you: you don’t have children or parents you’re caretaking for. In other words, you don’t have lot of responsibilities at home that would make working at home ideal.
But I’ve found that working remotely can still have a lot of pros as a 25-year-old: you save money on commuting, you can pal around with your pup and give her walks, you can sleep in, and if you’re an introvert like me, sometimes it’s easier to focus.
A lot of jobs today are remote because 1. Office space is expensive. 2. Employees/freelancers work in different cities, states, countries. 3. A bunch of other reasons I can’t remember.
SO, here is a list of tips on how to make working remotely not suck as much, whether you’re working remotely full time or just a few days a week.
Earlier this year, I thought, hey, I should probably have a logo. I asked my sister Kathleen, who's an illustrator, if she could create one for me and I'd pay her.
Reenactment of convo:
Me: "Hey, sis, could you whip something up real fast that embodies my whole essence, and vibe, and style? Cool, k thx luv ya tonz byeeee!"
Okay, that didn't happen, but Kathleen was super busy so she couldn't do it anyways. And I also feel bad for always relying on Kathleen for anything art-related.
(I'm really painting myself in a bad light here, but it's fine, srsly—Kathleen and I are buds. Right, Kathleen? Right????)
Anyways, I ended up using 99designs.
Freelancing can be lonely, tough, and uncertain, but it has brought me to some beautiful places. I sort of fell into freelancing on accident in 2015, but since then, I’ve embraced it and gone along for the ride.
(Side note: Every time I say I’m a freelancer, I always feel like I’m going to say “I’m a freemason” on accident.
DOUBLE side note: Apparently in the house I grew up in, they used to have Freemason meetings in the basement, whaaaaa? My mom told me that the other day. We were talking about how there used to be a cool bar in the basement, but we knocked it down when we remodeled the basement *tear*. I had some pretty awesome Fisher-Price-esque restaurants down there as a little tot.)
Hey, blog-o-sphere! I've been thinking of creating a blog for a while, and I thought I'd kick this off with my favorite online editing tools.
When I have a big editing project with a tight deadline, I'm always looking for ways to save time, and be more efficient. Here are some of my favorite editing tools: