Bank Holidays don’t mean anything when you’re self-employed, and today I demonstrated that fact by carrying on working on the email marketing whitepaper I’m doing at the moment. I had just enough time at the end of the day to walk into town and see what was left of the Festival of Motoring – the streets of Stratford taken over by classic cars. The cars looked quite incongruous outside Shakespeare’s birthplace:
Work is constantly on my mind at the moment because I have so much of it, as a result of which I am currently feeling anxious and stressed for much of the time.
I will add “lonely” to the list of anxious and stressed today. One of the perils of working from home/being freelance I guess. Still, I got a fair bit done – I finished the whitepaper and wrote another long education article. I am bursting with ideas for things I want to write for myself, but have no time for anything beyond my occasional Cosy Life posts.
Today I learnt that my policy of always checking in advance that meetings of any kind are still on is a good one that I ought always to stick to. A meeting with a new client had been arranged a couple of weeks ago for today, and I had incorrectly assumed that if I heard nothing, it would be going ahead. The one time I didn’t think to check that it was going ahead, it wasn’t. So a wasted battle through traffic resulted in my standing outside the designated meeting area for ten minutes, having texted to let them know I was there, until the client called to explain the situation! A complete failure on my part and I shall never again stray from my policy. Still, I treated myself to a sandwich from Marks and Spencers on the way back to the car, so it wasn’t a complete write-off.
On a better note, I had an email from one of my biggest clients after lunch saying that the long articles I’ve been writing for them are proving so successful that they want to (more than) double the number of articles I’m writing for them. Quite how I shall manage to fit all that in remains to be seen, but I’m pretty chuffed! I spent the afternoon working on various bits of work, including a starting a couple of pages of website copy for a solicitor, and starting a new whitepaper on increasing the number of subscribers to your blog.
In the evening we went to a rather disappointing meeting at the airfield about its future. Recent media reports have suggested that the future of the airfield is now secure, but apparently this is far from the case and it is in just as much danger as it ever was. But because the press have said that it’s safe, everyone now thinks it is, and attendance went from about 100 people at the first meeting to about 25 at this one. Poor show.
I had my morning at Guide Dogs today, and wasn’t too enthusiastic when I woke up to find it raining heavily. Not a shower – the sort of persistent heavy rain that lingers all day. So I ended up having two long walks in the rain with Blakey and Wendi and the room was filled with the pungent scent of wet dog. Still, they’re so sweet that one doesn’t mind. This is little Petal, everyone’s favourite.
When I got home I rapidly engaged my work brain and got to work on another education article, this time about how to research an essay effectively. Then it was more work on another whitepaper, this time about increasing your blog subscribers.
I started the day with a last-minute request for a press release, and then put the finishing touches on the whitepaper and sent that off. I spent the rest of the day working on more education articles, including one about common English cliches, which was fun.
Finally, just a note to say that I shall be winding down ‘Diary of a Freelancer’ in the coming weeks, reducing it to a fortnightly or monthly update with less detail. It’s been a great way of documenting my first few months as a freelancer, for my own sake, but I don’t feel that it’s providing much benefit for the time it takes (it hasn’t increased search engine traffic, for example) and I get precious little comment or anything about it, so I’m really not sure it’s worth the effort! I also don’t want to continue revealing quite so much about what I get up to; although I only put a fraction of what I do into these posts, I want to regain a bit more privacy. However, please do subscribe to my other blog, Cosy Life, if you want to keep up with the non-work stuff I’m doing.