Friday, 11 March 2011

The highs and lows of a fledgling freelancer

A month into being a freelance PR and each day I lurch from dismay to delight - here's a taster:


Ooh that chair looks real comfy...
High – first day, dancing around in my kitchen to Katie Perry ‘Firework’ deciding that was me, that was – a freelance firework.

Low – second day, no fireworks just housework which I never do but now don't think I can afford for anyone else to do.

Low – first week, emailing myself to see if email was working (it was).

High – first blog, getting comments and being retweeted.

High – first client meeting, in a cake shop. Decided henceforth all client meetings shall be held in cake shops.

Low – first follow up, realising notes taken in said cake shop had to be actioned by me, and they take AGES!

High – office view, it looks out on to a snowdrop-littered garden with a giant rabbit hopping around in it. His name is Maximus.

High – office colleague, my desk has a cushion with a small cat on it. Her name is Lily. She looks at me with purry pride.

Low – office banter, turns out giant rabbits and small cats are not that great at office banter.

Low – office comfort, I just can't get warm and the chair is wildly uncomfortable, I finish the day looking like a frozen Quasimodo.

High – office economies, my new printer was real cheap.

Low – false economies, my cheapo printer doesn't photocopy I have to walk half a mile and pay 10p pay for one, so takes about 30 mins out of my day.

Low – office technology - still can’t get my Outlook to talk nicely to my HTC phone.

High – food, munching lunch while following the Archers (it’s all going on).

Low – food,  my sandwiches are just not as nice as PrĂȘt, nor is my coffee, I haven’t had a muffin in a month. I don’t know how to make sushi and don’t even mention Burritos.

High –food, lost two pounds in weight, go figure.

High – making decisions, making my own decisions and implementing them in the same 10 minutes is truly liberating.

Low – making mistakes, two hours later, realizing that half the time they are the wrong decisions is somewhat disconcerting.

What can I tell ya, it’s a learning curve…

7 comments:

  1. Sounds like quite an adventure. Lol, I like your suggestion about holding client meetings in a cake shop! You should do another one high/low post in a few months. It could be an interesting comparison.

    Best of luck to you!

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  2. We've been holding meetings in cake shops for years!

    Pat Valerie.

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  3. Thanks Whitney! And it was Patisserie Valerie in Marylebone High Street, heavenly...

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  4. Definitely approve of holding client meetings in cake shops.

    I can make sushi. Well, maki, anyway. It's a doddle - you should give it a try :)

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  5. Just read your high low blog post - love it thanks for sharing! I started out on my own 2 and bit years ago after a corporate and agency career and still have the highs and lows... However, I can say the lows are definitely becoming less frequent and the highs are multiplying.

    Here are two small highs that have really helped to get me through the tougher lows:

    1. I've now lost 7lbs because I no longer have to deal with the afternoon office biscuit/chocolate/sweet binge.

    2. I conduct all of my client meetings at great coffee shops and lunch spots that I love, or that I've always wanted to check-out and now have an excuse to do so!

    Enjoy the 'company of one' experience :)

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  6. Thanks for the encouragement, appreciate it. The cat chases butterflies all day and is delighted with herself and the giant rabbit sprawls at my feet most days, contentedly gnawing the table leg. I don’t think they quite get the pressure I’m under here.

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