Funny story that.
Sorry for being so quiet on the blogging front, but I’ve been majorly overhauling my life the past few months. To summarize for those not in the loop, I left The Day Job earlier this year and have been working/struggling/enjoying the transition to a freelancer lifestyle ever since. The plus side is that I now have more liberty to choose my own schedule, step back from the chaos whenever I need a day, and generally make time for the projects I want to work on. The downside? Freelancing is an inconsistent thing, which means I’m having to adjust to bursts of paid work as opposed to a consistent source of income. It’s weird to realize just how many things in your life change just from removing a structured job from your plate.
What am I doing now? Well, the bulk of my work is in proposal writing for government contractors. (I have to put my English degree to use somehow!) I’ve also been helping people design and setup Patreon pages on Fiverr, which is a unique experience in and of itself. The rest of my time has been spent working on the adjustments of working freelance, trying new schedules and figuring out how to be my own boss. I’ve started working from public places like the local coffee shop or even shopping malls when I need to get off my desktop computer and out of the house (different locations for different work!). I’ve been learning what times of day I work best and how I am best able to track what I do. Heck, I’ve even been making some major changes to what I eat, just because I have access to a full kitchen all the time. It’s a weird trial and error process, and the day to day takes some practice before it becomes habitual.
So, why am I bringing up these changes now, even though “the big change” happened months ago? For one thing, I’ve sat down at least three times to write this post and scrapped it each time. One of the biggest mental hurdles of this change has been getting enough confidence as a freelancer to be able to speak about it without sounding like I am overly trying to justify my decisions. Telling people you’ve gone freelance tends to elicit a specific set of reactions and questions, ones I was still learning how to answer. It took some time before I could confidently start telling people I am a freelancer.
On top of that, though, the next thing on my list for evaluation and changing is how I monetize as “Lynn Theory,” both on Twitch and on other sites. Don’t worry; I’m not going to start shouting “give me money” on all my platforms. I want to earn your support. I do have to do some self promotion, however, and I am likely going to be a bit more aggressive in picking up sponsorship and affiliate deals for my Twitch channel. Twitch recently announced they are changing how ads work on Twitch, including giving a cut of ad revenue to affiliates, and I plan to take advantage of that. Before I started shifting how I get revenue from streaming, however, I wanted to be upfront and let you know how my situation has evolved so these business decisions would not come across as quite so sudden a change.
(“Business decisions.” I am making business decisions for myself now. Sometimes freelancing feels so foreign, even as it feels more natural to me than a 9-to-5 job.)
If you are a freelancer, looking into freelancing, or just interested in self-managing your own projects a bit more, feel free to reach out. I love talking about this sort of stuff. And (shameless plug incoming), if you want to support me, there are many ways you can do so. I’m going to be working on releasing more content to Patreon and ensuring my patrons and Twitch subs get special say in upcoming projects, so if you want extra content for a monthly pledge, please consider backing me on Twitch or Patreon. If you would like to support me on a more one-time basis, my PayPal is always open, and my affiliate links are there whenever you next need to go shopping. Thank you all, as always, for your support and I look forward to seeing what the future brings for us.