Thursday, November 5, 2009
If you freelance during this mess, be creative
Job security—you never had it, but you never knew it. Now….
If you are thinking of branching out and maybe trying another field in your off-work hours, pick one different from your own.
If you love to plan and have a project manager certificate—how about party planning, for instance?
Don’t be shy—tell people what you are doing. Have cards printed. Make sure your bosses know this is strictly in your spare time.
Diane Porter writes about this in the WSJ, Nov 3, 2009.
Set a schedule—don’t just do the second job any old time. Have a plan.
Try to build a brand. A website is very important for part-timers.
Make deadlines of your own goals—find five contacts, get the website up, that sort of deadline.
I once wrote a story for the Washington Post on Food Moonlighting—people who had baking or cooking skills and went on to start food or catering companies. That story stuck in my mind all these years—the woman who started Just Desserts trying to carry piles of cheesecakes across icy yards.
Life’s little adventures.