I Don’t Recall Signing On For Acrobatics: Balancing Full-Time and Freelance Wednesday, Mar 9 2011 

The first two days of this week have taught me that I need to prioritize, get uber-efficient, and decide what really matters and what can be trimmed away from the ever-increasing work load. I’m not one to say no to a job so I currently have one full-time job (which I just went back to this past Monday), a freelance fashion catalog copywriting job, a guide writing job on Shopping.com, a featured contributor job on Yahoo!, and a bi-monthly guest blogging position on How To Be A Redhead. Can anyone say overload?

I realized that I was in dire need of an efficiency makeover of sorts when I got an email saying that I would need to attend a fit meeting for my catalog writing job before I had accrued enough vacation time from my new full-time job. Yikes. By my clock I thought I had at least two months until the next meeting…not so.

I’m sure all of you freelancers and business owners out there have been here before, or perhaps you’re in this position right now, so I have collected a couple helpful articles which have helped me begin the process of slowly working my way through the incredible balancing act of working a steady full-time job while freelancing.

Good Reads:

How to Balance Freelancing With a Full-Time Job Without Burning Out

Some Quick Tips for Balancing a Full-Time Job While Building Your Freelance Writing Business

Productive Flourishing

This last one is a blog site with tons of vital information on how to keep your day as productive as possible.

Becoming an Entrepreneur: Don’t Be Afraid to Take a Step Back if You Have a Game Plan Thursday, Mar 3 2011 

Sometimes the process of becoming an entrepreneur or small start-up business owner can be tricky, it doesn’t always go according to plan. You may have taken a high-paying (or even low-paying) job that you thought would help you rise in your chosen industry only to find that the job just isn’t working and you want out, for any number of reasons. Or, you may have quit your day job to make your freelance business owner dreams come true only to discover it’s gonna take a little longer to achieve that dream and become financially secure.

Whichever side you fall on, as long as you have a game plan or long-term strategy, taking what seems to others to be a step back is okay, actually it’s a step forward. Don’t be afraid to go back to your old job if you need a little more time to make the dream come true and don’t feel guilty if you have to leave a high-level job and take a part-time bartending job to make ends meet while building the new business. It’s all part of the big plan you have for your business and sometimes small sacrifices have to be made along the way.

Here’s the inspiring story I read this morning on Tim Ferriss’ lifestyle blog, Four Hour Work Week, which prompted this post.

I found Ferriss’ post particularly inspiring because, I myself, am returning to my old day-job on Monday in order to supplement my income because while I have landed a dream freelance job writing fashion catalog copy, it’s a job that only comes up four times a year and doesn’t pay quite enough to live on. As of Monday I will be a two+ job person, but it’s all part of the process and the long-term goal.