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Back to work, Korean food & Pinterest

I had a very busy week last week, which was great, as I am now almost fully recovered from my hip replacement and finally in a position where I am able to make some proper money! So I took on a decent sized project and got stuck in, occasionally taking a break to wrap and send items sold on eBay – it’s nice to be able to walk again and take these parcels to the post office myself.

There are a total of three building sites across the road from us at the moment so it is quite noisy in the flat at the moment. This can be very distracting when I am trying to concentrate so am dealing with it by wearing earplugs all day, it is a bit difficult to get them out quickly when the intercom goes but at least some work is getting done. Am hoping that the builders are taking advantage of the good weather and that they will be gone by the end of summer – not sure it works like that though!

Some of the food on offer at Bullgogi

To celebrate the end of the week, we bought a takeaway from Bullgogi, a new Korean ‘urban dining’ restaurant that has opened in our area. So, far I love all their food, so am happy that they decided to open a branch nearby – it’s just nice to have something different that is fresh and reasonably healthy. If you are ever in Notting Hill Gate I would recommend that you give this place a go.

After much gabbling about it, I have finally got around to sorting out my Pinterest account. Have now ’created pins’ for the images that are already on this website – at first I was not saving them properly as I didn’t realise that it was necessary to also create a ‘board’, but soon got the hang of it. There is a nice touch where the header image is an automatically created collage which updates itself as new pins are added. Now I really must remember to ‘pin’ my images when publishing future blog posts! Recently, I read on twitter that Pinterest is a very good way to drive traffic to a blog – let’s see. Another blogger kindly pointed me towards Snapchat last week, so that is the next social media mission.

Until next week!

Diary of a Freelancer is a weekly blog post about my freelance work, stuff relating to extra ways I make money online and my lifestyle. New post every Monday 🙂

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Delayed Sleep and eBay

This week I thought I would explain that one of my reasons for becoming a freelancer is that I am a bit of a night owl. This started at a very young age and has continued well into adulthood. Every night, without fail I get a surge of energy – no matter how tired I am. Falling asleep with this surge is an absolute nightmare and early mornings have always been a struggle. A few years ago I was diagnosed with ‘Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome’, it is essentially a fault with the body’s circadian rhythm. There are various treatments including melatonin supplements and bright light therapy, but none have really worked for me, so I just work around it. My sleep pattern most days is roughly 1am to 9am, which is a lot better than it used to be and my work fits around this easily.

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It also works to my advantage sometimes. If I get a request to do a translation in the evening and there is nothing much happening – more often than not, I will jump up and do it immediately as this is the time of day when my energy levels are their highest and when my best work gets done. An example of this came about last week, when I was contacted at 9pm to translate a legal document and the client wanted it back by 9am, as it was only 1084 words, I was able to do it there and then and charge accordingly as the work was completed ‘out of hours’.

Other than my translations, I have managed to list a few items on eBay after a temporary pause whilst I was convalescing and unable to get to the post office. This is my third biggest source of income after my translation work and matched betting so I am going to enjoy seeing that money rolling back in!

I still need to sort out my social media, will try to find time this week…

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Short projects and getting to grips with social media.

As I am still convalescing after my operation (see last week’s post) and don’t feel ready to go back to working full time yet, I have been taking on some small projects to keep me going.  Most of this work has been translating CV’s, which are not my favourite thing to work with as they tend to have a lot of jargon and job descriptions are often unclear, so it can take a while to work out what it is the candidate is trying to convey. But as most of these projects contain less than 1500 words, I can turn them around quickly. You may be interested to know that 90% of the CV’s I translate at some point mention that the candidate is fluent in English!??

As the summer holiday is in full swing now, many translators are taking time off. As a result, a few agencies that I have not worked with before have contacted me requesting quotes for projects with very short deadlines and then disappeared into thin air. My rates are probably higher than they were expecting – it really makes me wonder what other translators will work for!

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Other than that, I have spent some time getting my social media accounts in order, as I realise their importance in the blogger world. On twitter, I have posted quite a few tweets and made more of an effort to read and comment on the posts in my feed – this has led to a few interactions with other bloggers, which has been nice and I have learnt quite a lot about social media and blogging too. Have also put some photos on Instagram – I think I will use it mainly to post photos of restaurant meals or random things I see whilst out and about. With regards to Pinterest, after setting up my account a few months ago, I haven’t managed to do anything with it – so will try and look into that this week. Have gained another ‘like’ on my Facebook page but I really need to work at trying to increase my following there too.

How do you use your social media accounts? Would love to read your comments below!

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Convalescence and a new direction.

After trying out a few ideas, I have decided to focus this blog around my experiences of working from home and my lifestyle, and start my ‘diary of a freelancer’. Am not really sure whether this will work or not – but am giving it a shot anyway. The aim is to and write a new post every week, and be consistent, so that readers know when to look out for an update. Occasionally there might be a post on how to make money online, as I do a lot of this in my spare time just to increase my income.

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I have spent the last few weeks recovering from hip replacement surgery and the doctors’ orders were to get as much rest as possible – no bending, no lifting, no housework (hooray!) So, as well as giving me time to reflect and re-think my blog, it has also been an opportunity to clear out my inbox, catch up on accounts and sort through paperwork. I hoped that I would have time to categorise and edit a folder full of digital photographs, but this didn’t happen – am sure that it will, one day…

As I work from home as a translator, and on a freelance basis, it was possible to prepare for my convalescence period by completing some monster projects in the time leading up to the operation – which freed me up financially for a few weeks. I was actually a bit worried that strong painkillers would be needed, rendering me unable to work in the post op period, but luckily this did not happen and I was able to do some small projects like translating CV’s and marketing material, nothing too major as I didn’t want to potentially let any client’s down.

As well as doing these smaller projects, I also completed some money making online tasks whilst watching TV including prolific academic surveys and matched betting (see my recent post on this here).

I’m starting to feel better now and have been going out a fair bit in the last few days, which has been lovely after being housebound for a while. The highlight was a visit to the Design Museum in Kensington, London – we spent about an hour in there (it has lots of places to sit, thank goodness!) and then had a snack in Gail’s Bakery next door.

So, there we go -the first entry in to my new diary of a freelancer is complete. Till next time!

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