Week in Review: Big News!

Over the weekend, my girl and I went out to celebrate that big news I hinted at a few weeks ago.

Josie

Those of you who follow along on Facebook already got the update on what that news was. But for those who don’t… as of Monday, I started as mom.me’s new social media manager!

This is a big deal. I’ve been doing social media management for small businesses and individual creatives (photographers/writers/musicians) for years now, but this is far and away the biggest brand I’ve ever managed – 600,000 Facebook followers, and growing!

It’s a big deal for another reason, too. As a freelancer, I might be working with 20 different clients at any given time. An article here, a book to edit there, a resume to update for this client, and a social media consultation to provide to someone else. It’s a lot of small jobs that all add up. And I like it that way – it gives me the chance to do a lot of different things I love, and it keeps me from ever getting bored!

But there is also the uncertainty that accompanies being a freelancer. One month might be great. Epic, even. The kind of month where, if you could replicate it month after month, you would be able to retire pretty early. But other months are barren. You’re fighting for work, unsure of how it’s all going to pan out.

One of the tricks I’ve learned over the last few years of being in business for myself is that you should never splurge during those amazing months. Instead, ferret the money away, because a dry month is sure to be right around the corner.

The beautiful thing about this mom.me gig, besides the fact that it involves doing something I love (social media) for a brand I also love, is that it means long-term, consistent work I can count on from one month to the next. That’s a big deal for a freelancer. And it also means I now have a bit of freedom to be more selective about the other work I take on – meaning I can pick and choose the editing and writing projects that really, truly appeal to me.

And… I can hopefully find some more time to work on my first fiction novel!

So all in all, this is a really good thing!

Of course, I’ve been slammed this week learning the ins and outs of the brand. Which means I only had one article of my own published:

But I anticipate things evening out a bit more there in the next week or two.

In the meantime, I’m thoroughly excited about the new challenge!

 

3 responses to “Week in Review: Big News!”

  1. Kristina

    Congratulations Leah! That is wonderful news. The one thing that keeps me from being a freelancer (besides not being good at anything but lawyering) is the debilitating fear of not have a steady paycheck. It sounds like a great balance to have some freelance and some steady paycheck. So happy for you and Cheeks!

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