I’m working two contract jobs right now and I’ve also done some writing pro bono. I guess I could call myself a freelancer. It’s not a term that’s frequently used in my social work field. But that’s essentially what I’m doing. The pros and cons are fairly obvious. You can pretty much work the hours that are convenient for you, but you don’t have colleagues for support. You can take off days when the kids are home from school, but you have no guaranteed income each month.
But for me, one of the hardest parts of freelancing is the virtual part. I find it very hard to communicate with people who are trying to maintain a professional virtual relationship with me. I’ve worked several freelance jobs where the person I’m working for doesn’t respond to e-mails. I’ve asked questions numerous times and have received no replies. I’ve tried to set up phone calls to get answers and communicate expectations. I’ve given up on a few jobs after getting absolutely no support or direction from the boss. At first I thought maybe it was the boss I was working with, someone who was likely very overwhelmed. And without seeing me every few days, I could easily be forgotten. But its happened several times now. Is it me? Does anyone else know what I’m talking about?