Over the years I’ve had several jobs that I’ve loved. I’ve done data entry in the Emergency Room, worked in retail and as a bartender but I’ve never been comfortable in a 9-5 job. When I started picking up freelance writing jobs I noticed that it was actually really easy to make work around my schedule and I wind up picking up a few things along the way.
Working as a freelance writer has always agreed with me. Seriously, since I was a kid I wanted to be a writer and tucking myself away at home type-type-typing all day has always been a dream. Once I decided to transition and make writing a decent part of my income I found just how much flexibility and freedom it gave me with when I work. I can be comfortable, listen to some good music and even eat a bowl of cereal while I research. No one hovering over my shoulder as I complete my assignments. Sometimes it just too easy to be super productive when you don’t have anyone there to micro-manage. But I have to admit that I love it because it also allows me the opportunity to find out a lot of different information that sometimes I otherwise wouldn’t find out. For example, at the moment I’m working on a data entry contract that requires me to look up legal definitions. It’s a lengthy job so after I’ve been sitting at my computer reading over a law dictionary for hours, things are beginning to soak in. And you begin to soak up a lot the more you work on different assignments.
That is a side effect I seem to be experiencing from freelance writing – copy, articles, reviews and descriptions, oh my! – is that I’ve become a quasi-but-not-really-expert on random things that may or may not find themselves working themselves out of my mouth in a casual conversation. Seriously, it happened on a date the other night. For some reason, I just had to tell him about this situation I had written about in Missouri. I couldn’t just open my mouth and ask normal first date questions. Thank goodness he was a trooper and seemed interested in me pontificating on this story. Poor guy.