Freelance Editing

I posted a while back about how great my freelance editing job was. The sad thing is, the writers I was working for are now working on a project with its own editor, so they don’t need me for the time being. I don’t know when I will be needed again.

Since then, I have been applying to one or two freelance jobs per week. I only apply to jobs I feel well qualified for, but I have yet to hear back from any of them. Well, there was that one guy who wanted me to edit his website. He emailed me back asking for rates for proofreading and a heavy edit, and I gave them to him. Then he said he’d do the html part, and I wrote back asking if that meant he wanted me to do the rest. He never wrote back.

I’m beginning to wonder what the freelance market is like. Do most people start freelancing after their careers are well established? Are most of the people competing against me editors with over ten years of experience? Are my rates too high? Am I missing out on jobs simply because I’m not local (even though the ads say that telecommuting is okay)? I know my resume and cover letter are strong for someone of my experience. So why does no one want to hire me?

I kind of suspect it’s that I’m not local to many of the jobs I apply for. Some jobs explicitly say they need someone to work on site, and these jobs are always in New York City or Boston or Washington, DC. I have to wonder how many freelancers there are in these cities. There must be enough that companies can say they want someone local and actually get it.

And that makes me wonder if trying to get several hours of freelancing per week is foolish for someone who lives far from any major publishing city. Maybe I should give up and go work for the gym my friend told me about. They hire mothers to watch other people’s kids while they exercise, and you can bring along your own kid. Thing is, it pays dirt. But dirt’s better than what I’m getting from the freelancing I’m not exactly doing right now.

Cheap as free

I love getting cheap stuff. In fact, I sometimes feel like I’m incapable of buying things that aren’t extremely cheap. Like, I’m not sure if I could spend more than $30 on a shirt. It would have to be some shirt, and I would have to have quite a bit of money to spend on said shirt. Sometimes I think that if I were ever on What Not to Wear, I would fail miserably because I would be sent to stores where a skirt is $100 or more, and I would think of all the cheap skirts I could get for that and refuse to buy anything.

 The point of all this is that I went to Kohl’s today and got two sweaters for under $10. No, not for each of them. For both of them. Not only that, but they’re great sweaters. They’re both great colors on me, and they fit beautifully. The style is conservative enough to fit into my closet with ease but not so boring as to be indistinguishable from the rest of my clothes. And I feel gorgeous in them.

And last week, I went to Ross and found two other beautiful sweaters, one of which had the original price tag still attached ($59.99) and was on clearance for $3.99. The other wasn’t quite so cheap, but it was still under $15. Suddenly my winter wardrobe isn’t so meager and outdated.

Why is it that I like them even better knowing that they were so cheap?

 P.S. As I was leaving Macey’s yesterday with a cart full of groceries, I saw that they were giving away random candles. They told me to take as many as I wanted, so I took four. The only thing better than cheap stuff is free stuff.