It’s feast or famine isn’t it? Nothing is more true for anyone than the self-employed freelancer or consultant. I knew this from others’ reports. This week, I’m finding it out first hand for myself.
No, I haven’t quit my day job. I can’t do that quite yet. But some good stuff is happening to The Wild Mind in this arena this month.
I just picked up three additional speaking engagements this last week. All three of them strategically significant for me and two of them paying gigs. The nice little caveat is that throughout the course of the week, I also found out that I’m being requested for 15 additional engagements during this school year. Those 15 come with additional opportunities to train additional staff to work with me. It also is compensated at a rate much nicer than my current day job pays. And…I don’t have to quit my day job to do any of this either.
As most know who have tried to make the self-employed consultant switch at some time or another, there can be a time when you have to work two careers until the income from the one is steady and substantial enough to supplant the other. This can be exceptionally demanding and strenuous depending upon the nature of the work involved and the duration of the transition. Well, unless you are able to take out loads of money in small business loans, which I can’t do or unless you have loads of extra resources to put to the venture, which I do not have. Nope, I simply have to buck up and do it the hard way. The gradual transition way. The take-every-speaking-gig-I-can way. The learn-as-you-go way. The these-are-the-days-I’ll-look-back-on-fondly way.
It’s been a tough couple of weeks and I’ve gotten a real taste of what this could be like. Moving in spurts instead of the steady day in and day out thing. The income will also move in spurts and that takes a bit of getting used to, I’m told. Then there are the times, like this evening, when I should be curled up on the couch watching a movie with my littlest munchkin but instead, here I am. Putting the finishing touches on a reworked presentation, making sure my notes are in order, my presentations, documents and screenprints are aligned, and that my outfit is clean, ironed and perfectly coordinated.
Instead, I’m going to take a break right now after posting this and chill in the hot tub with The Peanut Munchkin. Then I’ll cuddle up with her, let her fall asleep to a movie of her choice on the couch in front of the fire with her kittens curled up next to her, get up and return to my fine tuning of tomorrow morning’s presentation. Tomorrow afternoon and evening are all hers! And that’s how I suppose it will likely be. That’s what I’ve been told. That’s how it seems to be shaking down.
Spurts, seasons, ebbs, flow, famine and feast…life!