Friday, April 24, 2015

Take Your Kid to Work Day - Freelancer Edition

So, April 23, 2015 was Take Your Kid to Work Day. I'm curious to know how other freelancers spent their day. Our five year old will sometimes bring his toy laptop and sit with me while I work. The older children aren't home this week. 

Just Because You Work From Home Doesn't Mean Your Kid Knows What You Do

It's pretty obvious the five year old isn't really aware of what I do...and at his age, he probably isn't interested in watching me do it. As far as the older kids, they know that I write and edit. Of course, as teenagers they know what those jobs include. Sometimes they take advantage of having a mom that is a professional editor. I've helped them with papers (the editing, not the writing). 

Do your children really know what you do as a self employed person? Show your kid what you do. Show them what is involved in being self employed...from the actual work that you do to the business activities such as accounting. Show your children what it really is that you do. This can help develop a love of self employment and can also expose them to more things besides what you actually do. They may not want to grow up and do what you do, but by you exposing them to everything that is involved you may be able to help them find other strengths and interests that can help shape their future. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Last Day!

Today is the last day that you can get my Kindle best seller Ultimate Productivity: 9 Awesome Ways You Can Be More Productive. It's currently #4 in Kindle's Short Read - Self Help category. If you're ready to be more productive, you can learn the things I've tried that work for me. I know it can be hard to balance your home life with your professional life...and that's why I wrote this short ebook. Make sure that you don't miss it. Learn how to reach your ultimate productivity. After today (April 20, 2015) the price goes back to .99 unless you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber.

Don't forget to leave a review on Amazon after you read it!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Why I Freelance

Today, I have a great "Why I Freelance" for you...and it's not one of those "I can do so much for others" reasons, either. I'm working at 10 PM at night (yeah, I know)....from bed...while eating strawberries in whipped cream. Yes, you can be jealous.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ultimate Productivity: 9 Awesome Ways You Can Be More Productive

Who said good things don't happen on Tax Day? On April 15th, Ultimate Productivity: 9 Awesome Ways You Can Be More Productive will be released as a Kindle exclusive. If you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read it for free. If you don't, you can purchase it for just .99! Pre-orders are now available

Thursday, April 9, 2015

WAHM Lesson # 56

This disclaimer will be part of every WAHM Lesson. While these are true things that I've experienced as a work at home mom, many are written to make you laugh. They may or may not have happened in the order that they are listed. So, why is there a disclaimer? Because I know certain people that read this blog simply looking for dirt. Good luck with that. You won't find any. Go away and worry about your own life. For everyone that's here to read, learn, and laugh...welcome. Feel free to comment.

WAHM Lesson #56 - It's easy to lose and regain perspective.

I've worked in several professional capacities during my adult life. Even when I worked in entry level administrative assistant positions, I rather enjoyed dressing up for work (even if it wasn't a necessity). When I taught, it was a necessity for me to wear business professional clothing. Now that I work from home, my standard attire is essentially jeans and a t-shirt. Awesome, right? Well, it does make laundry easier.

Anyway, there are some days that I'm lucky to get a shower. Days like today, I'll be lucky to get much of anything done that people dream about when they think about working from home. There will be no naps. There are hardly ever any naps. There will be no downtime (unless you count me adding this post). Even my time on Facebook will be business related. I know, it is what it is. I'm really glad that I work from home because like I've stated I don't know how many times's a very flexible lifestyle.

Yet...last night I was on my very large, covered front porch working. The weather was great. I had on mismatched socks, capri pants, and a black t-shirt. Sure, my hair was brushed...but I hadn't done anything with it. I wasn't working make up. I'm fairly sure that few of my past coworkers would have recognized me. I felt really, really frumpy. of my neighbors arrived home. He got out of his car dressed quite well...and I felt even worse about my appearance. It's not that I had or even have any desire to please some dude who lives next door. First, I'm very happily married to the world's most awesome dude. Second, my neighbor is not straight. Third, I've never really cared much about trying to make other people happy with my appearance. I've always dressed for me.

Then, I looked down at my laptop screen and realized that it was almost 8 pm. My home smelled like a delicious dinner. My youngest son was laughing and playing in the house. I could hear him through the open window. My husband was laughing at something on TV. And I felt better. That particular neighbor is usually gone for 12+ hours per day...and if he loves what he does, then I'm happy for him. He clearly has to get up earlier than necessary to bother getting dressed. He clearly has clothing that he must have professionally cleaned. If he's okay with doing all that, then that's great for him.

Me? I can save my valuable energy (and when you're a heart patient, all of your energy is valuable) for the things that matter. I don't have to impress anyone with what I wear. My job or my livelihood isn't dependent upon what someone thinks of my external appearance. I don't have to be up at a ridiculous hour (except apparently today) to work. I can work when I want to work. I have the choice of either dressing in my paralegal clothes or I can just wear this and go out with my youngest son and get dirty. I don't have to ask someone to take time off to do something for any of my children. I don't have to ask someone if I can come in late because of an appointment.

So, yeah...last night I lost my perspective for about 10 seconds...but not now.

Oh, and Tumblr....I set up a Tumblr that lists various writing opportunities. I'll still be curating and posting writing gigs here when I have time. Tumblr basically lists stuff that I've found through social media. It's easier to send that to my phone.