Monday, May 2, 2011

My Dream Job(s) and My Plan for Work

MixedFor those readers that have been following me for awhile, you'll probably recall that my day to day job is a Project Manager. I've been working in advertising for about seven years, building websites and working in advertising agencies. It's like Mad Men meets The Social Network. (LOL, that makes it sounds so glamorous!)

When Zoom was born I didn't want to go back to my previous job for a couple of reasons. The first was the distance and the commute; my old job was across a bridge and about 45 miles away. It was horrible for the nine months I did it. And, frankly, the job was a really bad fit. I'll leave it at that.

In October, just a month after Zoom was born I very jokingly asked a friend if he might be hiring any Project Managers. And the answer was yes, but that the position might be temporary. I told him I wanted to learn more.

And so, in one of the worst economies in ages, with a baby and bills and a new car, I found myself actually contemplating making a jump into being a freelancer. I found myself really, seriously, thinking about what I wanted to do.

I knew that I really wished I could spend more time with Zoom. And as he gets older, I'd really love to be able to find a way to take off the summer off with him so he doesn't have to go to day camp or something for months on end. My friends who are teachers swing it so they have a summer off, and I love that they have that flexibility.  As I started to think about freelancing, it occurred to me that I might be able to find the right jobs that allow me to make my own schedule.

And with all of these dreams in my head, I took the plunge and went freelance. So far, I love it. My current contract is for four days a week, and I'm working on rebranding and relaunching a website. My original contract was through the end of April, but it got extended through June because they liked me and wanted to keep me on a couple projects (instead of handing them back to the woman who returned from maternity leave).

My plan is to begin looking for a new contract at the end of May so I'll have about four weeks to firm something up. I have a good feeling about this, and I hope to keep the freelance thing going to see how I like it in other companies.

Do you have any advice? Have you ever freelanced?


Joyful Sparrow said...

Hi Paula! I wish I had useful advice to put under this post--I'm hoping others do because I'm in the same boat as you. I'd love to find some way of making steady cash to be able to stay home with little ones (when I have them). I can't bear the thought of sending them to daycares and babysitters..

(btw, you'll have to fill me in as to what exactly a banner swap entails. I'm a new lil bloggerette, and I still have MUCH to learn! How does it work?)

Liz said...

I hope all goes well with your freelance job! I know it would be nice to stay home with Zoom.

I have always worked away from the home since I am in the medical field. Working from home would be a little difficult for me...LOL!