Implementation of the strategies I’ve set forth shouldn’t be all that hard.
So, here I am, no longer working away from home and finished with school. A free future ahead of me. Altogether I’ll have around 75 hours a week to work on freelance stuff, if I keep to using up all the time that I use up now for school and the hours I used to put in at my day job. If the time constraints are about the same on all the editing projects on my plate, I’ll probably work on those that require more approvals from other people like executives, earlier in the week. That way, they have more time to pass through the channels that they need to before it’s time to work on them again. My personal work and coaching gigs require creativity and imagination, so those projects will occupy my mornings and make-it-up brain power. That’s when I’m most in the writing zone. The very end of the day, as in after 6 pm, will be reserved for responding to emails and looking for new work. That way I can talk to clients with a project fresh in mind, as well as get back to people while they are likely at their desks, no matter the time zone.
It’s just a matter of doing it. The hard part is going to be staying on top of changes, adjusting to unforeseen complications, and responding in not only a timely but professional manner to any issues that might arise. Even the best laid plans have a chance of failure and not every glitch can be accounted for ahead of time. While I may have a perfect schedule worked out, I am also not in possession of all the facts. What if my contact goes on vacation and I’m unaware? What if a client wants to change a due date? These are all things that I’ll have to tackle and work through. I’ll have to be agile, quick, and willing to move in order to stay in front of what could become a major catastrophe. I’m already willing and able, the ability to navigate change is already there. But, I’ll have to get really good at it and that comes with experience. I’ll also have to learn how to defuse tense situations. Getting annoyed at changes in schedule or feedback isn’t going to get me anywhere, nor is allowing myself to hit the panic button when a client isn’t pleased with my work. So, once again, I’ll just have to do what I need to do, learn from the experience, and move on in the most professional manner I can muster. A few more gigs under my belt and I’ll be ready to handle anything.
See Ya Soon!
Work Cited: Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. By Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan George Lucas. Dir. Irvin Kershner. Perf. Frank Oz. Lucas Films. 1980. Film.