Learning to be a good boss--to myself

I've been working professionally as an editor since 2008 and I first started freelancing in 2011. Originally, freelancing was designed to pay down debt while my day job salary was designed for everyday expenses. But over the years, I started wondering more frequently: what if I freelanced full time? Could I make it? The answer always seemed to be no. But then I got an editing assignment that completely changed my outlook. It was a book by Trevor Blake, a name that I had never heard. But as I made my way through his book, I realized he might be the most important person in my career. Trevor is the author of New York Times bestseller Three Simple Steps, a guide to succeeding at business and life. The work I was editing was a followup that focused more on succeeding at home-based business. Reading that book made me realize that I could succeed working at home, but only if I worked a lot harder than I was used to.

So here I am, thirty days in to being my own boss. I wake up at 6 AM seven days a week. 6-7:30 AM is devoted to breakfast, walking the dog, and reading. Right now I'm working on The New Rules of Marketing and PR by David Meerman Scott. From 7:30-9:30, I work on writing my next book. After a half hour break, I dive into the work I'm actually paid for. I write about 20 short product descriptions a day and spend however many hours I need to finish editing the novels, dissertations, and admissions essays I've been assigned.

I'm working a lot harder for considerably less money, but I love it. Getting up at 6 isn't taxing without the 45-minute drive to work waiting for me. I do get a little pissy when I have to work past 8 pm, but that isn't every day. I am able to work on my own books for two hours every single day, which is something I could never do while working for someone else. Afterall, those useless morning meetings had to happen, amiright?

I also have some benefits not all writers have. As a veteran, I have insurance through the VA, meaning illness and injury will not lead to financial ruin. I am also married to a man who makes enough to cover our expenses with only his salary. Finally, now that I'm back in Kansas, I have a community of other self-published writers who have great resources for me to tap into.

Maybe one day I'll do well enough at this to let the husband retire early and I'll be the bread winner. Only time will tell.

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