I have been very lucky in the past few months to have so many business opportunities arise. I have been working since May to find a way to work through college without having to add an extra schedule to my already full plat. That's right. I am 19-years-old, I am a full-time college student, and I am successfully self employed. I am my own boss and I am loving every minute of it. I take breaks when I want (and yes, this includes many naps), I take vacation when I want, and most importantly, I work in my pajamas. The best part is, I am doing work that I genuinely enjoy. Not many 19-year-old's can say that, so I know how lucky I am.
However, this kind of work does not come without a price. Working from your laptop can seem like a dream come true until you realize one small fact: You. Can't. Get. Away.
Having emails, documents, and productivity apps at your fingertips really makes the job easier, until you realize your clients can get to you anywhere. At school. In the store. On the toilet. Anywhere. There is no clear definition of beginning and ending work for the day and it gets draining. Like any other work, there is a constant to do list that seems endless with all of the extra tasks being added to each day. Two weeks later, you realize you haven't left your house in two weeks and sunlight hurts your eyes.
I have been working on trying to separate work from the rest of my life and I am getting there. I've started by letting myself slack off and spend hours staring at projects on Pinterest that I probably will never do when I finish a big project or a large chunk of work. This week, I completed a 70+ page project. To say the least, today has been a Pinterest day.
To top everything off, I drive an hour to get to school. That's at least 10 hours a week a loose just to driving. With everything going on, it can be hard to find enough time in the day to even get mundane tasks, like cleaning out my purse, done. But I am trying. And I feel like I am succeeding. I am making a good profit without having to invest much of my own money. It has been a long process trying to get this whole freelance business under control, but I think I have finally figured it out. I even have plans on expanding and offering new services to clients. You are going to be hearing a lot more from me by the end of 2015.
My name is Jennifer and I am a 19-year-old full-time student by day, newspaper reporter by night, and a social media manager/content writer/Etsy seller and just plain-ol' trying to survive college all of the time in-between. And I am enjoying every minute of it.
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