For the first time in a very long time, I don’t work for anyone. In terms of career, I’ve always gone from job to job–often with little or no break in between gigs.
This time I have bowed out of a job to bow into my own new thing: developing myself as an independent journalist, media consultant and teacher/trainer to pay my way in this world. I will also be devoting more time to creative writing, which may or may not be renumerative!
I’m in the process of setting up shop for this new phase of my career. New computer: check. New phone number: check. Letting colleagues in my field know: underway. New business cards: ordering soon. I have several meetings set up for my first week as solo operator and a few after that. Time to see what I am made of.
How does it feel? Liberating, scary, exhilerating, daunting. Yes, all of the above.
I am not ruling out a return to working for someone else, but this is something I’ve been wanting to try. In fact, it was my most recent job as a regional editor for Patch.com that prepared me to give this a go.
- I’ve been working remotely for 18 months; it doesn’t feel odd or strange to work at home or on the go instead of being tied to a newsroom or office
- Working virtually has taught me to manage my time efficiently (always room for improvement, of course)
- I’ve learned to use all kinds of new tools to enhance my professional life: the cloud, apps for organization, social networks, and much more.
- My work in St. Louis over the past year and a half has opened many doors and put me into contact with some amazing people who could be potential clients and collaborators.
- In terms of practical skills and an understanding of the digital space around journalism and social media, my cup runneth over.
Deep breath: here goes!