Reinventing a Career

Since mid-July I have been working 20-25 hours per week at Best Buy Mobile. I’m actually enjoying the work more than I expected. I’m working on various marketing projects, doing project management and also writing and editing content and making sure all the legal approvals are done. Most of what I work on is interactive content, but I’ve also been involved in signs and newsletter copy for a partner event.

The money isn’t what I need. Even if it was full time, the hourly wage is much lower than what I got before. I’m trying to find ways to make up at least part of the difference in income. I’ve just received my first two freelance writing assignments for the Eagan Patch, and I’ll be trying to write 1-2 articles per week. I’m also putting together packaged offerings for WordPress Web site/blog combos and offering my services for documenting SharePoint how tos and best practices. I’m trying to revitalize my Zazzle site, and will be doing photo calendars and coasters to sell, along with some cards. I’ve sold a few of my photo books, and now have them on eBay.

I had a mini-meltdown over the past day or two, a reaction to my money concerns. I want to rush into the security of a full time job (assuming there is one out there for me) and not have to worry about money, but I think if I pull the plug too soon on this freelance thing I may regret it. If I can put aside the money woes, I’m enjoying myself more than I have for a long time.

About Pat Wolesky

I'm a renaissance woman in some ways. Professionally I do Web content management, knowledge management and communications. I also do watercolor painting, compose and perform music, do nature photography, and am the devoted slave to two cats and a moderator of the About.com Cats forum.
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