I busted five myths about freelancing, it’s now time to highlight the perks. Eh, I’m not a masochist, there is a reason why I quit my last office job!
Every single time I drop the word “freelancer” in a conversation, I see people’s eyes…
When I started freelancing, I swore I would keep a close eye on my billing system and outstanding invoices. So far, it worked pretty well. I invoice my clients monthly and I have always been paid promptly and in full, although the federal government can take weeks to process invoices—but this is just the way the system is set up.
Earlier this week, a good friend asked me how I felt about the upcoming trip. Beaming with the confidence of a seasoned traveler who has spent the past twelve years flying back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean, I assured her that “everything was under control”. Nikki, if you read me, I’m taking this back.
Freelancing has its pros and cons. But let me get this straight: you cannot get work done and take care of a kid at the same time. I know—I have tried. It’s a recipe for disaster: the work doesn’t get done and you feel like a shitty parent. So, being a mom and a freelancer… how do we make it work? Here are my five commandments.
Two years ago, I barged into a local accountant’s office, slightly panicked. “I need to incorporate”, I said. “Whatever that means”, I added sheepishly.
I catch funny typos all the time for my clients. For instance, “pubic relations” instead of “public relations” (ooops!) or “people who are death or hard of hearing” instead of people who are deaf or hard of hearing” (oops again!), “delicious Chinese dumpings” instead of “Chinese dumplings”, etc. Let me just say my clients are usually very happy when I spot them.
Other professionals don’t work for free. Creative people shouldn’t either.
And incidentally, neither should immigrants.
Don’t get me wrong: volunteering can be a great way to rebuild a network in your field when you arrive in Canada, to gain Canadian work experience and to update or expand your skills.
This feature will explore the ups and downs of the Canadian working world. I hope it will help prospective immigrants and newcomers to understand its good sides and any potential challenges they may face in the workplace.