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What I've Learned (So Far) as a Freelancer

Holly Lipovits

Posted on September 2, 2020 13:35

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As a new freelancer, I decided to ponder what I have learned, so far, on my new journey.

A few weeks ago, I was hired as a freelance editor position for a ghostwriting company. While I did not know a lot about freelancing (and still don't!), I have learned a bit then I thought I would my first week in.

1. It's OKAY to ask questions. My first day working as an editor was mindboggling, to say the least. After being warmly welcomed by fellow editors and writers, I went to the platform where editors requested orders to work on and was more nervous than I ever was. I did receive a training package but I was quite nervous to pick my first order to work on. Questions swirled around my mind: Is this how the table of contents is supposed to be set up? Am I filling out the invoice correctly? Does this follow the APA style? Though I was nervous, I reached out to my team for help as a new editor. I had nothing to be scared of. This is something new and it will take time to adjust. But do not be afraid to reach out for help. We all have to start somewhere, right?

2. Don't feel guilty if you need to take a break. With every job, there seems to be an endless amount of work that needs to be done. While it is okay to keep a busy schedule, it's also all right to take a much-needed break. On the first day as an editor, I scrolled and scrolled through the orders that needed to be edited before the end of the week. I completed 4 orders my first week, successfully if I may add, and certainly felt accomplished. This work definitely has you stuck at your desk all day, staring mindlessly at the bright computer screen, but it's work I enjoy. If you feel overworked and drained from the computer screen, please take the time to pursue other activities like walking in a park, chilling with your fat cat, or reading a book in your pajamas.

3. You are skilled enough if someone is willing to pay you. As a soon-to-be college graduate, I've questioned my resume, and skillset, time and time again. If I got the position as an editor for this company, then I am certainly capable of getting the work done professionally. You should never question or feel insecure about your abilities. I worked my butt off during my internships and learned all I could of copy editing, following style guides, and so on. Prove that you are more than just a piece of paper with x amount of skills and x amount of education. Show them that what they hired you for is to your best ability. Never feel insecure or not good enough, because you are.

Though I am still new, I will do my best to learn as much as I can and strive to prove I am good enough. And so are you.

Holly Lipovits

Posted on September 2, 2020 13:35

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