As promised in the last blog I have much news to report. I currently have 2 freelance jobs! Of the two, one is an ongoing job. I was was lucky to be connected with Noël, who was quick to refer me for my first job, for which I am ever so thankful. The second job I have, I actually scored from Elance!
I already have started my first job and I love that I am getting to learn new things while editing web articles, it’s a win-win situation. Of course while editing my first article I realized I have to brush up on some skills. I am taking an HTML course, using a typing tutor, and looking into courses on Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.
The other day I sat down with my husband and talked about the freelance work and our vision of where it could take us. Hubby decided that he was going to do a little research, and as it turns out he was a great help to push me along further. He found that it was best for me to get a EIN (or tax identification number) before I started to work. When he gave me this information my first thought was “oh damn, this is going to take forever”. I went to the IRS website and was pleasantly surprised to see that it would only take a few moments. I had my EIN printed out and in my hands in less than 20 minutes.
Our next step was to head to our bank and inquire about a business checking and saving account. The personal banker met with us and was very helpful, so helpful she actually saved us from spending a hundred dollars. Some of the research my husband did was a little overambitious, he thought I would have to file for a fictitious name permit. To acquire a fictitious name permit one has to put a “Fictitious legal ad” in the local newspaper and then apply for the permit. As we were asking the personal banker questions we mentioned the permit and she let us know that the business name I chose is not a fictitious name because my last name was used and the purpose of my business is in the title. I was good to go, and I am proud to say that day I opened a checking and savings account in my business name.
I cannot believe that my business name is really and truly in black and white. In a moment I went from thoughts of having a business to really actually having a business, as I said later that day to Soli “I feel like a big girl now”. So it was time to act like a big girl, I got right down to business wanting to give my all in my first job. I was nervous looking at the article I was editing and afraid I was going to mess something up. I put all my fears aside, rolled up my sleeves and got to work. It did not take me long to feel comfortable with what I was doing and before I knew it I was done.
I submitted the article to my employer and waited for a reply. It was nerve-wracking, I was worried I made some kind of colossal mistake and he would email me back and say, “thanks, but no thanks”. Finally I received a reply and there was another article attached, I did the happy dance of joy! Yes I make it sound like that was years ago, but it was only a few days ago.
My second job was posting content to Wikipedia and I can now add to my repertoire that I am now knowledgeable with the site, and know how to post articles. I also have a Wikipedia account which I am sure will come in handy in the future and I am hoping that the client I posted for will use me again in the future.
So I had major milestones this past week:
- I am an official business
- I hopefully have a long-standing client
- I have a Wikipedia account
- I KNOW my dreams can be a reality.
My next post will cover what you need to have on hand to be organized, along with pictures of my expanded work space.