So here it is National Grammar Day. Seems like it was just yesterday when we were all putting the grammar presents under the grammar tree, and now, suddenly, here it is again! And as I pondered the connection that I would need to make today between grammar and freelancing, I realized that the real connection is time.
Technology is, undeniably, a copyeditor’s friend.* It can speed up repetitive tasks, add a layer of protection from human error, make collaboration easier, and generally allow a savvy editor the time and brain space to focus on the content more than the trappings and trimmings. But there are times when even the very best of friends need a little time apart. And there are times when technology feels less like a friend and more like an obstruction or a micromanaging overlord.
As you build your freelance business, as you think about the work that would be most rewarding to you (whether financially, creatively, or a combination of the two), at some point you’ll need to think about the actual content with which you’re working. Do you want to work within a certain specific niche? Or would you like a business that takes you from one subject matter to another in the span of one day?
Copyeditors are some of the most generous people I know. They’re also an unusually wise and sometimes wisecracking group. More than 70 editors have generously participated in our editor interviews here on Copyediting. They have offered tips, techniques, resources, amusement, encouragement, and advice both general and specific.
No, that wasn’t “freelancing organizations.” Today I want to talk about why we need to stay organized, how to do it… and what happens when, heaven forbid, we aren’t organized.
By definition almost, freelancing is a juggling act. Different projects. Different clients. Different marketing channels. Even within one day you can often find yourself doing a number of different things. Keeping track of them all, and keeping current with them all, is the mark of a successful freelancer.