In my last post I interviewed Kadia Radzka, and here I find myself back on the sleuthing side of things again. But this time I’m the one answering questions, not t’other way round!
I had the mighty good luck to be featured in the freelancer spotlight over on Horkey HandBook, which is run by freelance writer and virtual assistant extraordinaire Gina Horkey.
She uses her blog to help other freelancers build their businesses and figure things out as they (we) stumble through the amazing, scary world of online business. I’ve found several of her articles extremely good food for thought over the past year. (She’s also been my business mentor, and more recently my friend and client.)
Anyway, she asked if I’d like to answer a few questions about my experiences with my editing business, and I said “yes!”
You can find the full interview here. I cover how I got into freelance editing, whether I ever want to quit (spoilers: no! At least, not for the foreseeable), how I stay motivated and productive, and more.
I was as honest as possible in my answers to these questions. Warts and, as they say, associated terrifyingly-honest writing moments.
To give you a taster, here are a couple of excerpts from the interview.
On making freelance editing my main work activity:
I had already been doing some freelance editing work on the side for years, and during those years I’d had so many people tell me I’d be great as a full-time editor. (Seriously. If I had a dollar for each person … well, okay, I could buy a tire of the Tesla S I really want.)
I hadn’t gone for being a full-time editor before because I wasn’t sure if I really enjoyed editing, and enjoying the work is important to me.
But I had a light-bulb moment …
On spinning lots of plates as a freelancer:
I mean, in one way it’s great that I don’t have enough time. It’s because I’ve been lucky enough to have a solid diary full of work. But at the same time, I’ve always got a voice in my head saying that there’s an extra task that I need to do, and often it just gets put off until some magic day when things are a bit less hectic.
I’ve decided recently that this is the age-old tactic of “triage” — that is, do the most important things.
Want to read the whole interview, warts n’ all? Find it here.