Thursday, 4 August 2016

Freelancing Week AMA Answers

So I put out the call for some questions for Freelancing Week Part 2: Electric Boogaloo. You guys came up with some questions so now it's my turn to come up with some answers.

Fang asked me if I've ever ran into any troublesome clients. I've been fortunate enough to not really run into many troublesome clients. What I run into is a troublesome kind of client. Every so often I'll be hired by someone who doesn't pay me enough or expects me to do too much work for the price. Which sucks because my prices are clearly labelled. I've had people try and get $30 worth of work for $5 before. I have to cancel these orders and I hate doing it because it reflects negatively on my profile too. I can't recall any specific examples of someone being a cunt to me though. Which is always nice.

Fang also asked about how to stay motivated if you're bad at your job or don't get the recognition. I said that those were two ways to stay motivated and he brings up an excellent point. To be honest while many people love my voice I've had to accept, quite sadly, that I suck as a voice over guy. I've also written things for Buzzfeed and Huffington Post that don't have my name attached to them. Actually none of the articles I write for work have ever been published in my name.

That really, really sucks.

I've not quite mastered staying motivated when bad at your job. Honestly if you're bad at your job it's up to you to do something about it. Either git gud or git gone.
God damn Dark Souls. Damn it to Hell
I've improved as a voice over artist and, while I don't get hired too often (writing has always been my cash cow) there are people who are pleased with my work even if I'm not too pleased with it. Improving will motivate you or you'll be destroyed by not improving. It's up to you.

It can also be hard to stay motivated when you aren't receiving the recognition for your work. Everyone loves to be appreciated and they like their hard work to be noticed. If that's the case then the answer is for you to recognise your own hard work. Look at how far you've come and what you're capable of doing now.

That was another reason I gave up with writing fiction. Well, kind of. I'd love to go back to it but I just don't have the time anymore. Which is a shame because I had an idea for a 6-9 book series that spanned several series' set inside a single encompassing universe. I would have loved to pull that off.

Maybe when I win the lottery and can stop working I can go back to writing for fun.

I try to not let myself get too bogged down by the fact that the only people who will ever acknowledge my writing are the people I write for. They like it, so I suppose that's what matters. Plus I can say I was in Buzzfeed and Huffington Post. That's quite an accomplishment for an article writer.

Even if I personally don't like Buzzfeed or Huffington Post. Bleh.

I hope you guys aren't bored by all this because if how much I've written in this post, answering just two questions, is an indication it looks like this could take longer than I thought.

Much like Mr Bones' Wild Ride the ride never ends here at The Rambling Person
One last thing before I let you all go for today. The reason all of this came together was because of the work of Kate at Invoice2go. She, along with everyone else there, do great work helping people looking to start their own business or work independently like myself. One of the toughest things about all of this is the financing and invoicing and all of that. Having a service to take care of all that for you can be a big help.

8 comments:

  1. Ah, there they are, my answers. Good read, thanks for taking the time to answer so thoroughly!

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  2. Freelance writing is always something I've considered doing. Unfortunately, where I'm from, it isn't as much in demand. I'd still love to try it one day though.

    God help anyone who hired me as a voice over artist though. Even I can admit my own voice is annoying. :D

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  3. After 35 years in the full-time work force, my observation is that the vast majority of people toil in obscurity, with little to no recognition for their efforts (apart from that all-important pay cheque). Such is the way the world works.

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  4. enjoyed reading your answers today. Buzzfeed and Huffington should credit the writers who knew

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  5. That's a shame you don't get the credit for what you write in Buzzfeed and HuffPo. Too bad that can be a condition of you agreeing to do the work.

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  6. It takes a cerytain sort of person to write and write and not get credit for it.

    It's fantastic that you can earn money writing, though. That's a dream for a lot of people.

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  7. Don't give up on the novel series dream. You never know what the future may hold. You could have the next Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings bouncing around in your head. Just remember us little people when you rise to greatness!

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