When I first started to figure out how to work from home six years ago there weren’t nearly as many resources as there are now. I had worked from home here and there for a few hours previously for one company, but through the use of a VPN and a specialized virtual / remote desktop program that blew my mind. Of course, that particular company dealt with sensitive personal information because we filed and managed bankruptcy claims on behalf of financial institutions, corporations, and debt buyers. We were into data security before I really understood its importance because I didn’t have a whole lot to do with legal tech…and it was shortly before the shit hit the proverbial fan and I had to get a permanent VPO against the ex where he, among many other extremely dangerous things, destroyed my laptop, stole information and data, and, well I have CPTSD now. It’s one of the reasons I work from home.Continue reading
If you’re a new freelancer, be very careful because at some point, someone will try to convince you that they will pay you later. It happened to me a few years ago (twice; once for $10 and I wasn’t about to chase down $10…and once for $350 for a ghostwritten non-fiction book that I still own the rights on that Justice Legal Team before it became Justice Legal Team wrote a demand letter for payment and gave the publisher a certain number of days to pay or stated clearly that I would retain rights and sue their fucking pants off and own their company if they tried to use the book…clearly, I’m not quoting the letter verbatim).Continue reading
Whether you work from home or not, overwhelm simply is not your friend. It is, without a doubt, a mental monster. When we get overwhelmed, we tend to procrastinate. When we procrastinate, we get overwhelmed. It is the literal definition of a catch-22.Continue reading
I have a client who uses WPeMatico. And I love her dearly (she knows this). She has a web dev. Back a few years ago, my job was to write for one domain the basically housed her blog. Last year, the decision was made to start using WPeMatico to feed the blog over to her main domain. Scroll down to navigate between page one and two of this post (after clicking the title, not from the home page) because WordPress is being wonky.
When I started freelancing in 2013, there were fewer resources than there are now. Sure, Upwork was still around, but it was called oDesk. And there was eLance. Those two merged (eventually) and became Upwork. At the time, though, I thought, “Why in the hell would anyone want to hire me, someone with no professional writing experience, when there are all of these experienced professional writers on the platforms?”Continue reading