Drugi jezik na kojem je dostupan ovaj članak: Bosnian
By: Bor Klemenc Mencin
Summer has officially started, so it wouldn’t be befitting of me to douse you with a lengthy dose of anecdotes, muffled complaints or convoluted metaphors. Instead, in keeping with the spirit, I thought I’d prepare a light, brief summary of the past couple of months to see if this whole freelance thing is still headed in the right direction or whether recent developments managed to veer it off course. So sit back, relax, click here, and breeze through this month’s “DFC lite” edition.
The Q3 report based on the goals I defined 9 months ago:
1 FREEING UP TIME TO DO MORE OF THE THINGS I LOVE – check
All in all, I keep finding myself with more time on my hands, but unlike Q1, I somehow managed to lay off video games these past couple of months. Instead, I spent more quality time with friends and family, got in (some kind of) shape, travelled around and started honing a new skill. That’s not to say I spend every moment of my free time becoming a better person or anything. Nope, I’m definitely not that guy. I still binge and come up with ways to spend my days unproductively. But I’ve been making strides in the right direction – especially considering how I started off – so I think it’s fair to give this one a check.
2 HAVING THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE MORE PROJECTS I WANT (NOT NEED) – semi-check
If I’m being completely honest, the way I approach taking on projects hasn’t changed much since I started. I’ve been lucky enough to have had a more or less steady stream of inquiries each month and decided it’s better to toe the “never look a gift horse in the mouth” line. Thankfully, some of the projects that landed on my table can be classified in the “WANT” category: a solution that could improve the way we experience mobility in Slovenia, working with the Slovenian philanthropy, applying for a public tender with one of my friends, and a chance to co-create a pretty freaky art exhibit with another. Not there yet, but, all things considered, not that bad.
3 EARNING AT LEAST AS MUCH AS I DID BACK AT THE AGENCY – check
As far as money matters are concerned, the biggest problem I’m facing right now is getting paid in a reasonable amount of time. Some projects take a long time to finish and charging for my services after the project is finished means I sometimes have to wait up to 2 months to receive payment. But even though I expanded my list of expenses on the count of adding office rent and having to pay higher minimal contributions, it seems I won’t be going broke anytime soon. Nuff said.
As you can see, things are pretty much on track. Far from it being just rainbows and butterflies – procrastination and time management still pose an ever-looming threat – but I’m generally happy with where I stand at this point and the direction in which things seem to be moving.
That’s it for this month – I managed to get the whole thing under 600 words! You’re welcome ;)
Now I’ll leave you to enjoy the smooth and soulful company of Kool & The Gang. Cheers!
P.S.: If you’re a creative playing with the thought of striking out on your own and have any questions or dilemmas that you think I could help resolve, get in touch and I’ll do my best to provide you with the answers.