Belonging to a professional association has been the traditional way to meet colleagues, access training, and support professional standards. Some people find mentorship and jobs there too. A large number of members feel it shows professionalism.
Ah, the carefree, creative life of the freelancer! While others are working in cubicle farms, driving through rush-hour traffic, and sitting through interminable meetings, freelancers are setting their own hours, working in their pajamas, and choosing their projects. What’s not to love?
I’ve been working as a freelance editor and writer for the better part of the past 20 years, and yes, there’s a great deal in it to love. And a great deal in it to hate. Just like, I suspect, every other job in the world.
We freelance editors like to think we can avoid many issues that staff editors must deal with. But two issues we can’t sidestep are the need to document our actions on each project and the need to manage the discussion when we are mistakenly blamed for project problems. Yes, sometimes we are at fault, but that’s a topic for another column.