If you keep up with me on the social media you already know that I am no longer (completely) unemployed. I am now the proud owner of my first freelance gig. I am the webmaster for a small local arts group. I do things like send out their newsletter, update their website and post to their blog. It’s a few hours a week, or at least that’s the idea, and I’m doing it from home as a contractor.

(By the way, if you don’t keep up with me on the social media, you totally should. I am so much fun on Twitter and Facebook, you have no idea. So much fun.)

I am really, really excited about this for a few reasons:

1. It’s completely, totally different from my work as an engineer.
2. I am working in the local arts community, if only peripherally, which is seventeen kinds of cool.
3. I can do it in my pajamas.
4. Having a paid gig, however small, makes me feel that I am not completely deluding myself into thinking I can freelance.

The website uses Joomla, something I’ve had limited exposure to until now. Right now I am mostly getting my feet wet and learning the system. I will say that all of my time blogging and fiddling around with this site has definitely come in handy. I am a programmer, but writing C code to control big machines is a little bit different than managing a website. Once I get the hang of it, I have grand plans for world domination. We’ll see if that works out for me.

I am still scared a lot of the time, I will admit it. But I can also see how it’s coming together. I have a small job. I wrote my maternity leave guide (which I’ll be speaking about in a second), and I plan to take my week away to write some articles for submission. I believe that I can do this, and I’m going to try. And if you see me in my pajama pants at the Starbucks, you’ll know exactly why. Because I’m a freelancer, that’s why. Yes I am, and I’m excited about it.

Quick Guide to Canadian Maternity Leave

I mentioned last week that I am working on a guide to maternity leave here in Canada. The guide is finished. It’s meant for Canadian parents who want to understand what sort of leave they’re entitled to, how it works and how to go about applying. It’s a very pretty PDF with pictures and graphics and I am rather proud of it.

Now I just need to wrestle with the technology to get all of that stuff in place. I am crossing my fingers that Bob, the little man who controls the internet, is feeling co-operative and plays nicely. Here’s how it’s going to work. I am going to trust Bob and put the guide up there on the internet. You will come here anytime after September 21st, enter your email address, confirm your email address, and receive the guide to your inbox.

In the process you will be subscribed to my mail list (which is not the same thing as getting posts to your inbox). I will be using the list is to keep you up-to-date with the things I’m doing, once a month or so. If you want to subscribe to my mail list but don’t want the guide that’s fine – you will receive it, but you are free to delete it without reading it. There will be no pop quiz. You are also able to unsubscribe from the list at any time.

Now I am off to load two kids in the car and make the trek to Bamfield. In the meantime, any intercessions with Bob on my behalf would be greatly appreciated. 😉

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  1. Congrats Amber! That sounds so awesome. And now I know where to send my pregnant friends for a comprehensive guide on maternity leave.

  2. i am super excited for you about your freelancing job. it sounds fantastic.

    now, are your kids going on the retreat? tell us more tell us more (and yes i did read the previous post about it.)
    .-= robin hart´s last post ..voice =-.

  3. I’m so excited for your new gig. How in the world did you come across it. (Please note: I am not asking only for curiosity’s sake. )

    How has the retreat been? Are you still on it?
    .-= Jennifer´s last post ..Cicada =-.

  4. Sarah Joseph says:

    Congrats! It is so awesome that you are getting paid to do something you enjoy from home. How do I get a gig like that?

  5. Congratulations! Does Bob also help with time management problems? I find that I don’t even want to know how great twitter and facebook are: I know I couldn’t find the time for them! I’m totally impressed by your ability to squeeze so many things into your week.
    .-= Francesca´s last post ..Summer til the end =-.

  6. Congrats on the new gig!
    .-= Lady M´s last post ..Oh, Patrick. And Gaga and Kermit =-.

  7. Congrats on the new gig Amber! Don’t worry… coding for a website is just as easy to do as writing in C for big machines 🙂

    Wish we lived closer and we could work at Starbucks in pajamas together. LOL! Although I’m not too sure how much we’d get done if we talk about the original 90210 series and MC Hammer 😉

  8. Congrats on the new gig Amber! Don’t worry… coding for a website is just as easy to do as writing in C for big machines

    Wish we lived closer and we could work at Starbucks in pajamas together. LOL! Although I’m not too sure how much we’d get done if we talk about the original 90210 series and MC Hammer
    .-= Cheryl´s last post ..No more surprises – FREE SHIPPING =-.

  9. S. has experience as a website programmer, so if you ever want to pick his brain I’m sure he’d be thrilled to help. Well thrilled might be an oversimplification; his time as a website programmer is, I think, one he’d rather forget, but maybe he’d be glad to use the knowledge he gained doing something that was manifestly not what he wanted to do, for good. For a friend.

    And although I enthused in person, it’s not real until you’ve said it on the Internet, right? Woo! for you!

  10. That is SO COOL!

    I had no idea you have engineering experience! What kind!? Electrical? Civil? Mechanical? Structural? Industrial?
    Engineering was my second most wanted career path after Graphic Design — which I am happy I can do from home — but I couldn’t settle on what kind of engineering I wanted to do! I wanted to design bridges, fine buildings, the best new fangled gadgets and cars! I still do honestly.
    .-= *pol´s last post ..1994 =-.

  11. congrats on the freelancing job!
    .-= Rebecca´s last post ..Preschool Panic =-.

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