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Why I Still Freelance

Why I Still Freelance // creatingyourownpath.com

When I announced that I'd be taking on a part time, remote position with Winning Edits a two weeks ago, I was bracing myself for the feelings of anxiety and dread that I've often associated with being an employee. I'm not sure why, but for the longest time I've thought that going back to a job would mean that I was no longer an independent creative. I was afraid that it would feel like a step back to a time when I was creatively unfulfilled and had reached my limit of office politics.

Yet, here we are a week into this new way of working and I haven't felt any of those things — not even once. Sure, there will be a learning curve and I'm easing my way back into a team dynamic, but that's a good thing. Additionally, I think the supportive comments, emails and conversations that followed my announcement affirmed what my logical side had been telling me all along: it's not the having of the job that's an issue, it's the type of job and all that comes with it that hadn't felt right until now.

You see, the conditions of my new job are fairly ideal. I get to work from wherever I am in the world, I get to collaborate using technology that didn't even exist the last time I had an employer, the job is part time and I still get to pursue other work. In fact, pursuing other work is seen as a positive thing as long as there's no conflict of interest. I think that's a big part of why I'm feeling so good about the decision to sign on with an employer again. 

I'm a curious person, by nature. I love to ask people questions. I may be an introvert who shies away from asking a question in the heat of a discussion, but rest assured, I'm likely ruminating on something you said. I'm the girl who emails you follow up questions because I just can't help myself.

When I told people outside of my podcast/web/blog/entrepreneurship world about the job, many wondered why on Earth I wouldn't simply sign on full time and scrap my freelance work and passion projects altogether. After being slightly horrified at the thought of giving up the things I've grown to love, I'd respond with something like, "but then I'd only get to ask a specific type of person a specific set of questions." 

That just wouldn't do.

I can't imagine giving up (or cutting back on) my podcast. There are far too many amazing creatives out there who haven't told me (or you) their stories yet. I can't fathom passing up the opportunity to dive in to interesting regional business stories (like the Comstock's magazine article pictured above—go snag the July issue if you're in the Sacramento area!). I would also never want to give up on pitching stories to the publications of my dreams.

Thinking through all of this, of course, makes me curious about you. Is there something that you simply can't imagine giving up—even if it makes you zero dollars? Heck, especially if it makes you zero dollars?

Let's talk about it in the comment section below, but first I want to offer my two cents: 

If you're curious, keep at it. If you want to try something new just to see if it works, try it. If you want to say yes to something that sounds crazy, but just might be awesome — I say go for it. 

We're all coming at this whole career thing with varied perspectives and backgrounds, but there's no harm in trying. How else are we supposed to find what lights us up?

So, tell me: what lights you up, my friends?


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Three Websites for Finding Interesting Work

Finding a career path that lights you up every day can be tough. In the last few years of attempting to create my own path, I've come across several interesting resources for those looking for specific types of work. While I haven't used any of them to land my current freelance gigs, I've absolutely loved perusing the listings to see if something might fit!

Here are a few of my favorites:


For Foodies: GOOD FOOD JOBS

Three Websites for Finding Interesting Work

I've been a fan of Good Food Jobs for quite some time. The thought of centering a job search around the food industry is just genius, if you ask me. I mean, who doesn't like food?! The site just went through a full redesign and now it's even easier to find the foodie job of your dreams! 


For Outdoor/Travel Enthusiasts: COOL WORKS

Three Websites for Finding Interesting Work

Have you ever wanted to work on a dude ranch? Or maybe head up the marketing department for a national park? If so, you may want to check out Cool Works. The site has been around since the 90's (Yes, the 90's. I interviewed the founder last year, if you're interested in the backstory) and offers up some really amazing opportunities for full-time travelers, seasonal workers and outdoor lovers.


For Creatives and Tech Junkies: THE MUSE

Three Websites for Finding Interesting Work

While The Muse isn't always the best for freelancers or telecommuters, there are some incredible job opportunities listed on the site in major hubs around the world. It's worth searching, if you're located within commuting distance (or are up for a move!) of said hubs and have a love for amazing, established companies and successful start-ups. If not, you may still benefit from reading their career advice section or taking a few classes.


The best part of using sites like these is that they offer a community element you just won't find on large job search sites or Craigslist. I think that makes a huge difference when you're searching for a job or gig you can love. Don't you?

So, what are your favorite freelance/job hunting resources? I'd love to hear your tips and success stories!


Please note that I wasn't paid or perked for this post by any of the companies mentioned above.
I just really like what they offer and wanted to share them with you. Enjoy!


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Creating Your Own Path

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So much has been written about the path to success. Just head to your local book store or type "career" into an online search field. You will come across hundreds of books about how to be career-oriented and have it all -- all while mastering a healthy work/life balance.

As we know, the quest for the perfect career doesn't begin in our 20s or 30s. From a young age we're often herded into one corral over the other. "Suzy loves her science classes, so we'll tick that box on the 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' form. Billy, on the other hand, can't keep his nose out of books, so let's assume that he'll be a teacher someday."

It seems as though things have changed since I walked into my high school counselor's office to decide on a career before I had even taken my driver's license test. I'm coming across more and more people who are learning to create their own career path. Many haven't necessarily followed the dotted line they set in motion at the ripe old age of 16 and most would argue that they're better for it.

Everyone I've encountered has an amazing story to tell. Because these innovative, brilliant beings inspire me on a regular basis, I'd like to share their stories with you all.

Yes, there's a new series in the works, my friends.

Stay tuned.

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Featured: Wand'rly Magazine + An Interview with the Team Behind CoolWorks.com

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The latest issue of Wand'rly Magazine is now live and I am thrilled to have contributed an editorial feature about seasonal jobs for travelers.

I had the pleasure of interviewing a few members of the team behind CoolWorks.com, which is an online space dedicated to matching seasonal and full-time work in incredible places with those seeking a very different idea of what "9 to 5" entails.

Here's an excerpt:

"The website, which launched in the early days of the internet back in 1995, has long been a central hub for temporary and seasonal work opportunities in unique, interesting locations across the United States.

[...] The opportunities on CoolWorks.com run the gamut, from jobs in and around national and state parks to opportunities with adventure travel operators and first class lodging establishments. Short-term jobs or volunteer opportunities can last between six weeks to several months and the site often lists full-time, permanent positions, which are snapped up just as quickly as the listings for temporary work."

You can read the full article here.

For those who are new to Wand'rly Magazine, it is a great online resource for travelers looking for tips, travelogues and practical information. While the magazine's focus is on the full-time wanderer, I find much of the information useful in both the fixed and travel sides of life. Whether you're planning a short trip or building up the courage to leave your fixed life behind, be sure to check out the current and past issues for inspiration.

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Your turn: Anyone out there traveling full-time? Part-time? Have you ever taken on a cool, seasonal job? Be sure to share your stories in the comment section! 

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