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.
International Executive Service Corps (IESC) is seeking a technical writer and editor for a short-term, contract position in its Afghanistan Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises (ABADE) Program. Launched by President Johnson in 1964, IESC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting stability and prosperity through local, private-sector economic development. This year, IESC is celebrating 50 years, 200 programs and more than 25,000 projects in 130 countries, and the creation of more than 1.5 million jobs.
It’s a holiday here in Canada today. Well, actually, our official national birthday holiday is tomorrow: July 1, Canada Day. But it’s the first weekend kids are out of school, it’s SUMMER weather (yes, with all caps) and, really, how much work are you going to get done today, the one work day between days off. Therefore, most offices are not open today; in Canada. Friday, the USA will virtually shut down for Independence Day.