by Jodee Redmond
It occurred to me the other day that freelance writing is a lot like dating. Check out this list and see if you agree with me.
You Make an Effort to Make Yourself Attractive
When you are going out on a first date, you take extra care to make sure you look your best. The same thing applies when you are looking for freelance work. You send the prospective employer the latest version of your resume and you take care to submit samples that you feel showcase your best work.
You May Not Always Make a “Love Connection”
Sometimes you are really interested in seeing your date again and they don’t feel the same way. Sometimes it’s you that just doesn’t feel any magic.
You may be offered a freelance gig that once you find out more about just isn’t your cup of tea, and you decide to pass on it. And we are all familiar with a scenario where we just know that we are perfect for a particular job, but the employer doesn’t see it in the same way.
You May Get “Lone Rangered”
Picture a situation where you meet someone and everything just seems to fall into place. You share the same interests and goals and her or she is incredibly hot, besides. Everything is going great (so you think) until the other person magically disappears out of your life and you are left thinking “Who Was That….?” If this has ever happened to you, then you have just been Lone Rangered.
Freelancers have to deal the potential for getting stiffed by clients all the time. Thankfully, most of them wouldn’t behave in such an underhanded manner but it does happen that someone takes your work, sayts they love it, and then falls off the face of the Earth when it comes time to pay up.
You May End Up in a Long-Term Relationship
Everything might go well on your first date, and you may find that both of you are interested in seeing each other again. Over time, your relationships grows and develops until you are an important part of each other’s lives.
Sometimes, answering an ad looking for a freelancer may lead to your getting a steady flow of work from a client who not only loves what you do, but who pays on time. These are the kinds of relationships that many freelancers hope to find and that can work out beautifully for both parties.