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The Evolution of an Employee’s Dream

Back in my days as a full-time employee, my dream was to be able to telecommute. Telecommuting meant working the same job but just doing it from home while remaining in full communication with the office. By telecommuting I could buy back some of my time, but I had to make sure to be accessible whenever my employer or clients called.

I found the telecommuting mentality a bit stressful at first because I felt I had to prove myself and prove that I was actually working. So I made my self ‘visible’ through telephone calls and faxes to let everyone know I was working (e-mail wasn’t prevalent back then).

Working from Home

Further to telecommuting, I presented a full-blown proposal to my boss to work from home for a couple of days a week. That meant I didn’t have to kill myself being ‘visible’ while working from home. It just meant that I had to accomplish certain tasks while at home so that when I showed up in the office the next day I had something to show for my day working at home. Again, I had to prove myself. The stress level was reduced, but there was still a little stress.

Becoming a Freelancer

Freelancing was the next step. If I could work from home following the rules and regulations of my employer, I should be able to do it on my own. With that in mind, I went in search of clients. That was a lot of work, but it was worth it initially. Being one that is mentally unemployable, I found that freelancing was still working for someone else. I had to work according to their schedule and meet their deadlines.

FreelancingI had to placate the occasional unreasonable client and pretend I didn’t smell the less than pleasant smelling ones and so on and so on.

Setting My Own Rules

I spent quite a bit of time online reading many freelance writing blogs. I so admired the authors’ tenacity and ability to seek and satisfy high paying clients. Often times after reading such blogs I would almost dust off my resume in an attempt to seek freelance writing clients. I would then think about what I was about to embark upon and I would put my resume back untouched remembering that my goal was to work for myself and receive a residual income source. I wanted to play by my own rules. My years of having to satisfy clients were over.

Take as Many with You as You Can

That was my hubby’s mantra on 9/11 as he fled the twin towers. He attempted to take as many co-workers as he could out of the building.

I love working from home earning residual income, but what fun is it when all of your friends and relatives are stuck in the 9-5 work rut (I show my age because back in the Stone Age we only worked from 9-5, it’s more like 8-6 now)? It’s rather difficult to plan a mid-week camping trip when the hubby and friends can’t get away from work.Stuck in Traffic

I refrain from making late night calls because everyone has to get to bed early in order to make it to work the next day. What about an early evening adventure? Nope, can’t do that either because everyone is stuck in traffic commuting home.

Maybe it’s selfish of me, but what fun is it creating your own work schedule when there is no one to play with? That’s one of the reasons why I like to take as many people along with me as possible.

Time for Action

Analyze, test, ask, think, review, investigate, ponder, evaluate, inquire, compute the feasibility and other such actions are great for a minute. However, the only way to achieve the freelance writing goal where residual earnings are your main source of income is to “Just Do It.”

As I’ve said it before and it’s worth saying again; it doesn’t happen over night, but it does happen. You have to be willing to put in the work to get it done.

{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Alyssa July 23, 2009, 9:33 pm

    Felicia, this is one of your most inspirational posts. It is insightful and intelligent.

    “Just Do It” is an obvious statement, but when it’s placed in the proper context, it can be motivating. Thank you for igniting our desire to be in charge of our careers.

  • Heidi July 24, 2009, 4:38 pm

    Wow, Felicia. Thank you. Been lurking for a long time and just couldn’t keep quiet. You are quite an inspiration.

  • Faith October 18, 2009, 1:19 am

    Hi Felicia,
    I just stumbled on your blog and have spent the last several hours here soaking up a lot of information. I must say you have done a superb job! I will be hanging around here a lot in the future I must tell you. You are indeed an inspiration.

    .-= Faith´s last blog ..Yes they Can =-.

    • Felicia October 18, 2009, 7:47 am

      Welcome to NJFM. Faith. Hope we can be of help to you in your freelance writing career.

  • Wendy Kelly October 18, 2009, 2:57 pm

    Hey Felicia!

    I just stumbled on this post and am so glad I did! It really is beautiful, and shows your writing talent off so well (plus great message)

    It taught me another lesson: this post has “only” 4 responses, and yet it is (in my mind) one of your best posts…

    I am sometimes so quick to judge my own writing by responses of others (or lack of response)

    But really, it *is* so important to just keep putting it out there…just keep doing the good work…keep you eye on the prize…etc… : )


    .-= Wendy Kelly´s last blog ..Jul 28, How To Give A Massage =-.

    • Felicia October 18, 2009, 3:44 pm

      Wendy, you are so spot on!

      I’ve learned early on not to wait for approval in order to move onto the next. This blog is my mind dump. Sometimes my mind dump is popular and other times it isn’t. Fortunately, popularity doesn’t stop me from dumping my mind here. I think age has a lot to do with it too.

      Gone are the days of not wearing a particular hair style because it’s not popular. Now I wear it because it works for me. Similarly, I write posts the same way. I’m of the belief that I’m not all that different from everyone else. I’m sure that if I’ve had a particular thought, there is someone else in the world with the same thought, but isn’t as old…er, as mature…er, as secure in herself as I am to say it out loud (man, I love getting older).

      I say it out loud to help validate and encourage other like minded folks.

      Keep on writing, Wendy!

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