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Contract Work — Is It Worth It?

Holly Lipovits

Posted on July 8, 2020 14:14

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I take into consideration the pros and cons to contract work and see if it's worth investing my time in.

The other day I spent some of my time applying for editorial positions, primarily in editing and proofreading. As I continued to apply to those that I felt my experience fulfilled, I stumbled upon a position that was, instead of full-time, contract work for a small book publishing company.

I never pursued a position that was contract work nor freelance work. I did dabble with the thought of pursuing a freelance side gig of copy editing and proofreading manuscripts, but I decided against it. When I read the description of the position, it stated, "Editor will work remotely; This is a contract position." I continued to apply anyway because I figured it may just allow me to put my foot into the broad publishing world. 

As I customized my cover letter for the position and reviewed my resume, I sent an email to the Managing Editor. I really did not have high hopes of hearing back from them. I merely assumed that the position was already filled as the post was back on June 26. But I kept my thoughts positive as you never know what life has in store for you.

The day went on as I had to go to work at 1:30 p.m. I told myself not to think too much into it and to not get my hopes up. However, around 7:30 I decided to check my email for the heck of it. And lo and behold, I received a response from the Managing Editor — I was surprised by the quick turnaround! I read her email, which laid out the basis of the position and informed me that if I had any questions I shouldn't hesitate to ask. She even complimented me on having a great resume.

When I got home from work, I did some research on the pros and cons of contract work. According to an article by Her Campus, contract work is "a category of work that includes a variety of different positions ranging from temp jobs to freelance positions. Typically, it's a job that is available for a set period of time—for example, some companies may seek contract workers to get extra help on a big project for a few months, or they may need someone to fill in for an employee on maternity leave or vacation." 

With this information swirling around in my head, I replied to the Managing Editor this morning (July 8). I asked her a few questions on how this position will work, as I've never done contract work. I believe I'll still take the position as I have the experience of interning with book publishing companies and editing manuscripts. This position may not be permanent, may not pay very much and have no benefits, but it's something that may lead to bigger and better things in my future. A girl can dream, right?

Holly Lipovits

Posted on July 8, 2020 14:14

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