Thursday, 10 October 2013

Day 10: Down to Business

Today I took some time to think about business stuff.  Until recently, I haven't really thought about the necessity of figuring out the business side of freelancing.  Then, as the date my son will start Kindergarten draws closer, and I'll have 2.5 hours to work, 5 days a week, I started to panic!  I don't know what I'm doing!  What records do I have to keep?  How do I figure out how much work I can handle? What about taxes? Etc, etc, etc.  I know that without planning ahead, my life will be one chaotic mess...the opposite of balanced.  So I'm trying to prevent that.

I think I need a mentor.  Unfortunately, I'm not yet a member of the Editors' Association of Canada, and so can't take advantage of their mentoring program.  Soon, I hope.  I need to save up, and be earning enough to justify the yearly fees.

I ordered two books from other countries, but couldn't find anything specifically Canadian.

The first, which I am now reading, is Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers, by Louise Harnby.  In spite of it's UK origins, I am already learning so much.

The second, which tops my "to read" pile, is Freelancing 101: Launching Your Editorial Business, by Ruth E. Thaler-Carter.

Some other articles I read today:
7 Ways to Kill Your Freelance Career Before It Starts
15 Steps to a More Productive Workday

With these resources, I'm feeling a bit more calm, and more confident in my ability to make it work.  We'll see how it goes!

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