Do the Freelance Hustle!

29 Jun

*This post was named Freshly Pressed on August 16, 2011*

One of my friends asked me on Sunday night, “so what do you have planned for the week?”  Good question.  Since the book is wrapping up and I have no other projects at the moment (a clear break in my 3 -tiered system protocol), I’m currently doing the Freelance Hustle.  It’s really easy to learn. Here, I’ll teach you:

1. Become cognizant of the fact that you don’t have anything in the hopper and you only have two more advance checks coming.  Plan to search for jobs in between Facebooking if you can fit it in.  Feel good about your goal-setting and carry on about your day.

Ya gotta have goals

2.  Avoid eye contact (and all interaction) with your bank account–if you ignore it, you can’t tell how small it is.

If you ignore it, it doesn't exist.

3. Blog.  After all, you’re just 3 forwards away from being discovered and scouring the Internet for freelance gigs will be irrelevant, anyway.

Whenever you have stuff do, it's best to blog.

4. Allow your ever-diligent conscience to remind you that you’re about to be poor in about 2.5 seconds if you don’t start finding projects that pay right now, missy, and your blog isn’t one of them.  And then jack that conscience upside the head with a bottle of Malibu.  Yeah, that’s what 1.75 liters of pure coconut rum feels like, son. You like that?

Curse you, delicious vacation in a bottle!

5. Check your bank account while you’re on the island and resolve to do something about it the next day…and mean it.  But you better tell someone of your plans–just in case you need some firm, yet loving support.  Lindsay Lohan has a sober companion; you can at least have an “I’m a fan of four walls and a bed” companion.  You’ve just worked too hard not to.  Don’t undo all the progress.

Don't let Lindsay Lohan in.

6.  In the morning, brew up a pot (whatever that means to you), spend hours on craigslist, flexjobs, morningcoffee, HARO, facebook (strictly business), crowdspring and whatever other rabbit hole you can find to explore for leads.  Pour your heart and soul into crafting customized cover letters and resumes that reduce grown men to tears and make grownups out of babies.  I know you want to, but do NOT skip this part.  Always customize–unless, of course, you don’t really care whether you get the job.  In that case, just use your boilerplate for everything.  Oh, and you might as well include a photo of your dog taking a giant dump, too.

Nothin' like takin' a steaming dump on your resume.

7. With a great flourish (and many rounds of editing behind you), submit them.  Grab that bottle of Malibu (it probably rolled under the couch after that incident with your conscience) and take a swig.  You’ve earned it.

Give it a little something extra.

8. Keep your laptop or phone fired up and with you 24 hours a day.  Keep refreshing your inbox.  Also, check your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts rabidly, because maybe they will contact you there.  As you wait, re-read your brilliant submissions over your sensible meals of PB&J, picturing the manic joy that will unfurl from the hiring manger when she reads your amazing prose, moments before she shows up at your house with bags of money.

You're smart!  Have this money!

9.  Nothing yet?  No response in 48 hours means they’re busy.  No response in 96 means they’re selective.  No response in 168 hours means you might think you just did a whole lotta work for a whole lotta nuthin, brother.  But don’t be sad.  They simply aren’t ready for your genius…but you’ll find someone who is.

You don't need them anyway.

10. And the most important step of all: don’t let this little stumble make you fall.  Recover and just keep dancing.  The key to the Freelance Hustle is to keep moving–no matter what happens.  Keep looking and keep trying.  And be open to new kinds of projects.  Keep easin’ on down the road, because sooner or later, the right audience is going to come along, love your performance, and want to bring you into their company…but you gotta keep hustlin’.  And on that note, it’s time for me to dance on outta here.

Eff em.  Just dance!

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259 Responses to “Do the Freelance Hustle!”

  1. Katy June 29, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    This is just brilliant! Absolutely hilarious. Thank for for brightening my morning!

    • sarahsypniewski June 29, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

      Thanks, Katy! I always despair when I don’t finish a blog until the end of the work day here in the states, since I’ve missed the golden hours for readership…but then my Aussie mates never fail to come through! Cheers!

      • Katy June 29, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

        There are golden hours of readership?! My oh my, I am the blogging amateur! I’m so glad I could oblige, however 🙂

      • theamberlight August 16, 2011 at 9:47 am #

        I had no idea there were golden hours of readership, I need to work on my delivery system!!! What a fun and uplifing post. I just posted this the other day….”Every journey will be completed one step at a time. The key is to keep on stepping, even if it is slowly”.
        Failures are not really failures, they are successes that cause us to go in a different direction! Congrats on FP…hopefully your ship will come in…just be sure you are ready to unload it!!!

      • Scott Mackenzie August 17, 2011 at 2:52 am #

        What does the Golden Hours of blogging mean? I live in Hawaii and just do them anytime. Is there really a better time to write something? TU SM

  2. Duane June 30, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    I’m loving the Shultz-inspired panel #10.

  3. MichaelB June 30, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    Absolutely brilliant!! Especially all the reference to dog poo, which I know you have waaaay too much familiarity with. (look ended sentence with a preposition–take that Mrs. Dusseau from 6th grade English).

    Keep moving forward! The theme from animated Meet the Robinsons and a great theme for anyone.

    • sarahsypniewski June 30, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

      HAHAHAHAHA…Oh, Michael, if anyone can appreciate a good cartoon dog poo, it’s you! Great mention of Meet the Robinsons. I haven’t seen it, so I had to Google the reference–LOVE it. Thanks for everything, always.

  4. Jon Luskin June 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    super funny. LOLs while in the office. love it.

  5. Amelia July 6, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    Loved this blog! The cartoons were so cute and creative!! Did you do them yourself?!
    Take care and keep up all the great work!

  6. The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife August 16, 2011 at 8:06 am #

    A very creative post! Made me smile.

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you stopped by and it made you smile. Come back anytime…I hope to have another illustrated post up tomorrow. 🙂

  7. Kathryn McCullough August 16, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    Brilliantly hysterical! Maybe Freshly Pressed will bring work your way. Does this mean you’ve officially been, sort-of, discovered? I love your post!
    Kathy

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

      Thanks, Kathryn! Ha ha, glad you liked it. Well, I sure hope it will help, but even if it doesn’t, it’s so fun getting to meet all of you guys! I appreciate you stopping by and laughing. Come back anytime. 🙂

  8. PCC Advantage August 16, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    This post is hilarious!! Now, excuse me while I go have some more delicious vacation in a bottle… 😉

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

      Cheers to you! Vaca in a bottle all around! Thanks for coming over and laughing with me! I hope to have another illustrated post up tomorrow. Come back anytime…:)

  9. Mikalee Byerman August 16, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    Well, apparently the hustle is working, considering the Freshly Pressed gods smiled upon you today…

    Sadly, as a freelance writer myself constantly doing that same hustle: I swear too much on my blog to have those same gods smile upon me. Bummer.

    But I REJOICE in your selection. Congrats to you…and I wish you continued success. Can’t wait to poke around your blog today!

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

      Thanks for the awesome support and cheerleading, Mikalee! It’s been a fun day of validation from the universe, that’s for sure. Sorry FP hates on the swears. Sometimes, a good eff you is totally appropriate–DUH. In any case, thanks for not taking it out on me. 😉 Seriously…I appreciate you stopping by. Hope to see you again! 🙂

  10. mocheeseplease August 16, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    I can’t “Like” this enough. Pretty much sums up my existence :).

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

      Ha! Glad I could represent for us ‘lancers…or is it ‘free-ers? Hm. Thanks for stopping by and the support. Come on back anytime–we gotta stick together!

  11. leadinglight August 16, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    Freelancing sounds fun and tough simultaneously!

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

      You know that’s right! Thanks for stopping by and reading! Come on back anytime…

  12. liesel in limbo August 16, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    This has cheered me up immensly as I’m attempting to enter the world of freelancing at the moment. Also pretty much sums up my existance, not to mention the rum mention, love!

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

      Well, welcome to this crazy world! It definitely takes some getting used to, but after almost a year here, I wouldn’t trade it (yet). Come on back anytime–there’s safety in numbers. 😉

  13. stablebrenda August 16, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    Sarah, love your spirit. I just wanna write, too. Your blog inspired me to get up and dance because it’s all about choice. And I choose to write and salute you for doing the same.

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

      YAY for us! Congratulations on getting up and DANCING! We just gotta, you know? Best of luck on your journey. It’ll be hard, but it’s worth it. Thank you for stopping by and come back anytime–us writers have to stick together!

  14. nlsthzn August 16, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    Seems it is time to get dancing 🙂

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:16 pm #

      LOL…yeah, I pretty much boogied (internally) all day. Back to work tomorrow, ha. Thank you for stopping by–come on back anytime, yo. 🙂

  15. Neeka August 16, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    Hilarious. Thanks for brightening my day! 😀

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

      Hee hee. Glad you liked it. Thanks for brightening MY day by reading and commenting! Come back anytime…I hope to have another illustrated post up tomorrow.

  16. jedwardswright August 16, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    Dear Ms. Sarah,
    Mother Hen here to compliment you on your artistic acheivements in this post. Awesome! Much better than mere chicken scratches — not that there is anything wrong with those.
    Oh, and your writing is darn funny too!
    Journalistically yours,
    Mother Hen

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

      Greetings, dear Mother Hen! Thank you for visiting and for this lovely vote of support and confidence! I hope to churn out some more posts that are equally as satisfying. Come back tomorrow; I’m going to try to illustrate my day in cartoons. 🙂

  17. randomlyabstract August 16, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    Love it!

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

      Thank you so much! I truly appreciate you reading and commenting. Come on back anytime!

  18. fornormalstepfathers August 16, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    Hopefully your book will become a best-seller, will be translated in 25 languages (or more), will be made into a movie, mini-series, documentary, and be an assigned course-book in every writing course in every university.

    I hope I typed these worlds under the right star alignment and it all will com true!

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:25 pm #

      Wow, what a blessing! Thank you for every word of it, and may it all come truuuuuueeeee! Thanks for coming over and leaving such a NICE sentiment. Come back anytime!

  19. kunarajandran August 16, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    I’m new to WordPress and just wrote my first entry today, and I cannot begin to describe how similar your post is to my situation! LOL ! I resigned from my company and was doing some translation jobs and mystery shopping to pay the bills, but I cannot escape the fact that after two paychecks, I will be broke again!
    Luckily I already received a full time job offer so the freelance hustlin’ gotta wait for a bit. brilliant post ! 🙂

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

      Welcome to WordPress and freelancing (and bon voyage, too, I guess, ha ha)! Congrats on your job offer and good luck with your blog. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you come back again!

  20. jessicamjonas August 16, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    Excellent post! And congrats on doing the hustle successfully! I am still tripping over my own feet. One day, though, I’ll be hustling too :).

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

      Oh, I’m most certainly tripping. Don’t let the pretty colors fool you. 🙂 We’re all just doing out best out here! Thanks for the support and commenting…come back anytime!

  21. movementwithkelly August 16, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    I love this! It made me laugh, and was really encouraging to me. I’m a freelance dance and fitness instructor, and man, it’s hard to find gigs in the middle of the summer when people want to do anything except be inside exercising. Your post is a great reminder to keep plugging away. Thanks so much!

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

      Man, I bet that’s hard! I’ve never even thought of that. Wow, well definitely keep at it, and if you ever need support, come on back here. I hope, more than anything, that this is a place for us hustlers to congregate and celebrate! Thank you so much for reading and for commenting. 🙂

  22. Geek Soul Brother August 16, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    Funny, light-hearted and encouraging all at once. Thanks.

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

      Thanks a lot! I really appreciate you stopping by and commenting. I’m glad you enjoyed it…come back anytime, and with some luck, I’ll be doling out more…

  23. k8edid August 16, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    Love it, love it, love it (the humor, the cartoons, the freshness!!). Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

      Thank you so very much! It’s 10:36 pm on the west coast, and it still hasn’t really sunk in. Thank you for clicking, reading, and commenting. I appreciate the support. Come on back anytime.

  24. Angie~Lah August 16, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    Hahaha, this is original and hilarious. Congrats on making it to Freshly Pressed! You deserve it.

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

      Aw, thank you! I truly appreciate that. I still feel like an imposter but comments like yours helps encourage me to keep going. Thank you for reading and for commenting. Come on back!

      • Angie~Lah August 16, 2011 at 10:57 pm #

        Aye, I’ll definitely be back. It’s refreshing to see a good writer in the blogosphere.

      • sarahsypniewski August 17, 2011 at 12:18 am #

        Thank you so much! I appreciate you reading and thinking so highly of me! I hope to churn out more stuff that’s just as worthy of praise! 🙂

  25. becomingcliche August 16, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    Been there, doing that. Actually, the pic of your dog taking a dump might get you some work. But it might not be the work you want!

    Great post!

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

      AHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA! Awesomeness. Thanks for reading and commenting. I really appreciate it. I hope you come back sometime! With any luck, I’ll be illustrating tomorrow’s post…

  26. The Awkward List August 16, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! Hilarious!!!

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

      HEE HEE HEE. Other people laughing just make me laugh. Thanks so much for getting it! Makes me want to write more, so come on back sometime. Hopefully, tomorrow’s post will be a fully illustrated recreation of today’s events…

  27. kim August 16, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    So proud of you! See, your doodles rock! 🙂

  28. rads August 16, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    haha, loved the post, and the images are cool 🙂

    Good luck in your ventures, am hoping I can get noticed at some point too!

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

      Thank you so much for reading and for your support! It was my first attempt with the drawings. Guess I’ll have to do it again! And as for you, just keep at it…as my post tonight says, you just have to keep leaping, and the right person at the right time will see it. They will! GOOD LUCK…and come back again!

  29. Gina Penn August 16, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    This is the BEST Freshly Pressed blog in a while! Such a breath of fresh air (well, besides the poop). You’ve got a reader for life now. Pure, made-from-the-milk-of-awesome awesome.

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

      Wow, what an amazing thing to say, Gina! I feel totally unworthy of such a comment, but thank you. It means a lot to me and gives me lots of encouragement to keep at it. It truly does. I hope to keep churnin out the magic for ya…:)

  30. jasoncgerringer August 16, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    Awesome.

    • Vicky Collins August 16, 2011 at 10:23 am #

      Doing the freelance hustle as we speak. Your post is spot on. Thanks for the dose of inspiration and humor. Now back to work.

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

      Thank you so much. I’m so appreciative of you reading and commenting! Come on back sometime. Tomorrow’s post should be a fully illustrated play by play of today’s events.

    • sarahsypniewski August 18, 2011 at 10:28 am #

      Thank you!

  31. Kara Douglas August 16, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Hilarious! I am trying to figure out why freelancing doesn’t work out for me as it does in movies. Seriously?

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

      That’s what I’ve been trying to figure out for almost a year now…ha ha! LIARS, all of them! 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting, Kara! I hope you come back…

  32. Catherine August 16, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    I love this! So true. I truly can’t imagine the stress of having to make your own paycheck with freelance work – I’m lucky enough that I do freelance work to supplement my guaranteed, consistent income. ANYONE who is considering freelance full time should be required to read this post 🙂
    Congrats on the Freshly Pressed…here’s hoping it will help you find some more work! 🙂

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

      Thanks, Catherine! That’s quite a compliment! Yeah, it’s a tough row to hoe, but I’m about a year into it, and I don’t want to quit yet. It’s still better than the alternative (for me). Yes, I hope I scare up a job or two from this, but if not, it’s been a fun day anyway! I hope you come back. Tomorrow’s post should be a fully illustrated recounting of today’s events. 🙂

  33. tenraikenshin August 16, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    I really enjoyed reading this, thank you! Congratulations on being FP’d by the way!

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

      No, thank YOU! I am so happy you read it and liked it. I really appreciate it so much. I hope you come back! 🙂

  34. Confessions of a Super Virgin August 16, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    Haha awesome post! I can totally relate, I’m a full-time freelancer too and it’s absolutely insane! I think you captured it beautifully 🙂 Major congrats on being Freshly Pressed, I hope it gets you lots of well-deserved attention!

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

      Thanks, SV! Yeah man, it’s a crazy world out here, huh? I appreciate your support and cheerleading…I hope you come back cuz us freelancers have to stick together, you know. Thank you again for reading and commenting!

  35. Arjun Kapadiya August 16, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    This is fantastic!

    I’m doing a bit of freelance, and i can relate to it 😛

    i really enjoyed reading this. Thanks a lot!

    Cheers,
    Arjun Kay

    arjunsmind.wordpress.com

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:52 pm #

      Thanks, Arjun! I’m glad you found something to relate to. This freelancing stuff’s not for the weak of heart, that’s for sure! Thanks for reading and commenting. I hope you come back!

  36. Sharon August 16, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    Thank you!

  37. pamelareadz August 16, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    That was cute…love it!

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:53 pm #

      Aw, thanks! I’m glad! Come on back anytime…tomorrow’s post should be fully illustrated as well. 🙂

  38. carlaspeaks August 16, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    The Sticky Egg is dancing right there with ‘cha! 🙂

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

      I don’t even know what that means. But I like it. Thank you so much for dancing with me (unless “Sticky Egg” is not you–in that case, please pass along my sentiments to ol’ SE)!

      I took a peek at your website–I love it. I’ll be poking around that place a little more…

      Come on back anytime!

  39. TJ Johnston August 16, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    An addendum to Rule No. 4: Put the lime in the coconut (rum) and mix it all up. 😀

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

      YES! Now that’s going to be in my head the rest of the night…heh heh. Love it. Thank you so much for reading and commenting–I love the participation! Come back soon!

  40. natasiarose August 16, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    Love! Maybe someone will read my comment on this blog and I’ll be discovered. Or maybe I need to get back on craigslist.

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

      Thanks! Yeah, dude…you never know. Keep writing, keep commenting, and keep churning out good content. I have no idea what I’m doing. I just try to put out stuff that I like reading…keep up the hustle! Come on back now, ya hear? 🙂

  41. gaycarboys August 16, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    Oh you are SO right!!!!

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

      HA HA! Spoken like someone who sounds like he KNOWS. Thanks for reading and commenting! Come on back anytime… 🙂

  42. amybrantphoto August 16, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    brilliant post 🙂
    very inspiring 🙂

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

      Thank you and thank you! My main goals here are to inspire and entertain, so HOORAY! Thank you for reading and commenting. Come on back anytime…:)

  43. ceciliag August 16, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    Hustling as we speak, but only out to the barn to grow me some steak! If someone said they would pay you to write about anything you want to. What WOULD you write about?.. oh no i guess that is the blog?…

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

      Man, if someone would pay me to write whatever I wanted, it would be this and then some! But that’s not happening anytime soon, so I’ll still write when I can. And if nothing else, at least my soul will be full! Thank you so much for reading and for commenting.

  44. goingtogermany0693 August 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    Nice to read a post with a sense of humor telling you what and what not to do in a round about way. Thanks for the entertainment today and best of luck on your leads.

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:07 pm #

      Thanks a lot! I appreciate you reading and commenting. 🙂 Come back sometime for more…tomorrow, I will be posting a fully illustrated account of today’s events…

  45. Kuwan Cornelius August 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    I’m definitely trying to get my freelance hustle on, I’ve just received my 1000th visitor at Wan’s 2 Cents. Visit me at ku1cornelius.wordpress.com

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:07 pm #

      Congratulations!!! That’s awesome. You’re definitely on your way, that’s for sure! Thank you for reading and commenting. Come on back anytime. 🙂

  46. DesiValentine August 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    Ohmygod, I actually, legitimately LAUGHED OUT LOUD at this post. Comic genius! (And seriously, I look after kids for a living, so there is a serious amount of poop in my life. Minutes ago I told my soon “poop is NOT funny”. And now I am a liar.)

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:09 pm #

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I love this comment. It is definitely one of my favorites. I’m so glad I could make a laughing liar out of a mom today. Come on back sometime. Tomorrow, I hope to provide you all with an illustrated version of today’s events…

  47. Alaina Mabaso August 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    I like your illustrations (you did them, yes?) I also do my own illustrations for blog posts. I know the hustle well, especially since I lost my full-time job unexpectedly last year. I’d add a few things, including lunching relentlessly with people/editors who might throw more work your way. And you’ve left out a giant piece of the freelance hustle, as far as I’m concerned: tracking down your checks once you’ve done the work. I think I will blog sometime about the irritating odyssey of ensuring that you are, in fact, paid for the articles you produce, through the relentless quagmire of screw-ups that make up publications’ financial departments.

    Very funny post.

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

      Indeed, I did them! And I’ll wholeheartedly agree with your additions. If you want to hear my thoughts on the whole tracking money down, check out my post called “Don Your Yeti Sweater or ‘Don’t Worry, the Money Will Come’.” Being a freelancer has given me a whole new appreciation for paying bills on time. GAWD. I’ve coasted on fumes more times than I’d like to admit waiting on some jackhole in the A/P dept to get his act together. Thanks for reading and commenting! Come on back sometime!

  48. Eva McCane August 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    i don’t freelance, but i work with plenty of people that do. and many of them have shared stories about their hustle. seems they’re always more busy when there’s less to do 🙂

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

      Ain’t that the truth? It’s a crazy world, this freelance world…you should see me when I’m “writing.” HA! Thank you for reading and for commenting. I appreciate it. Come on back sometime…

  49. aunaqui August 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    LOVED this. Good tips, good humor.. GREAT illustrations (are they yours?). Very relatable post.

    “But don’t be sad. They simply aren’t ready for your genius.”

    That’s what I tell myself.. everyday.

    Still waiting.

    Aun Aqui

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:20 pm #

      Hey Aun,

      They are totally mine.

      Ha, I’m glad you liked this post and could relate to it…this writer’s life is hard, huh? It’s totally true though…just keep writing and keep waiting..that’s all we can do. Just keep being true to ourselves. And when people are ready, they will bask in our glow of amazingness. Good luck! Thanks for stopping by…come on back anytime! Tomorrow’s post should be fully illustrated, too…

  50. thisisbrighteyes August 16, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    This made my day. Good writing!

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

      Thanks! That comment made mine! Thanks for reading and posting. Come on back anytime…

  51. Luna Kadampa August 16, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    I really liked this! Fantastic illustrations too.

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

      Thanks for reading and commenting! Come on back…:)

  52. ournote2self August 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    This is hilarious! Thanks for the laugh!

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

      Hee hee. I’m so glad you liked it. I hope to give you more to laugh at in the future…:)

  53. angrychix August 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    Pure brilliance. I myself like “Dark and Stormies” (Dark rum and ginger beer)!!! Good luck.

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

      YUM. That sounds amazing, and would’ve been much more suited to my mood over the past two months of my slump. Thanks for reading and commenting, and come back so we can trade drink recipes some more!

  54. Stacey August 16, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    Love it, love it! Sometimes I feel like most of my projects fall into the “income later” category, and it’s hard to kick my self into “OMG WE NEED TO PAY THE RENT” mode. thanks for the fabulous read…I will be back!

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

      Ha, I know…it’s a fine balance to establish. But alas, here we are! I’m glad you liked it. Thanks for reading and commenting…and I do hope you’ll return. 🙂

  55. Madison Woods August 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    Loved this. One day maybe I’ll get those steps down correctly and make it through to a paycheck! Great illustrations, too. And just how does a blogger get discovered and sent to Freshly Pressed?

    • goingtogermany0693 August 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

      Hi Madison,
      I asked the same question back in April when I too was Freshly Pressed. (http:goingtogermany.wordpress.com) It was quite a surprise one morning when I opened my e-mail and discovered several dozen comments from people I did not know. They do not give you any forewarning.
      There is information about it on the WordPress site that explains everything. They look for well written pieces (no typos, good grammar, etc) that they feel would be interesting to the WP readers.

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

      Thanks so much for reading and for the comments! There seems to be a great shroud of mystery over this whole Freshly Pressed thing, so I’m not really sure exactly what the process is, other than what’s in this link here, and they don’t really give many specifics: http://en.support.wordpress.com/five-ways-to-get-featured-on-freshly-pressed/

      But good luck! Far as I can tell, just write what you love to write and write it well. That’s your best bet. Come back for a visit sometime!

  56. kate August 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    OK, you’re definitely hiding in my filing cabinet and locking onto my life. Uncanny (or maybe all us freelance writers are clones)….

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:29 pm #

      Ha. Well I thought you knew. I mean, who’s leaving me those tofurky dinners and cans of Coke after everyone’s asleep, if it’s not you? 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Come on back sometime–us freelancers are definitely living parallel lives.

  57. Kim August 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    I hope everyone subscribes to your blog…..hysterical, heartfelt, and witty little ditties delievered straight to the inbox. Always fun to open up your posts!

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:30 pm #

      Witty little ditties, huh? Nice! Well, there’s more where that came from…thanks for subscribing…you know, to my life. 🙂 xo

  58. Pamanner August 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    Loved this!!!!!! Creative and TRUE!

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

      Thanks! Glad you think so. 🙂 Come on back anytime. 🙂

  59. jamiebobamie August 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    Freakin’ funny! I’ve got my thumb in a lot of pies so I’m always doing the freelance hustle. At least it’s good exercise.

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

      Heeheee…thanks!

      Wow, dancing with a pie…now THAT’S something! Love it. Thank you for reading and for stopping by. And yes, it’s VERY good exercise, huh?! 🙂 Come on back anytime…

  60. pezcita August 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    Cute! Did you draw the pictures on paint?

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

      Thanks!

      Sho did.

      It was hard, too. I think the pics took longer than the words. And now everyone loves them, so it looks like I have to become a better artist…:)

      Thanks for stopping by…come back again!

  61. markhoneycutt August 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    I enjoyed reading your post. What a creative entry! I just love the comics that accompany your writing! You’ve got a wonderful voice, and I’m sure plenty of work will come your way.

    Your post hit home with me. As a full-time piano and voice teacher, I am constantly reminded that I am one student away from bankruptcy! The fact that I teach in a military town makes it that much more painful as students come and go depending upon their or their parents next assignment.

    Let me leave you with this, though — no matter how difficult times “seem” to be, I’ve made it through just fine. Sure, some months require a tighter belt, but I have found that I get new students every time I lose one. It may not be when I want them to show up, but they eventually come. And, as time passes, my business continues to grow. It will for you too!

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

      Wow, Mark. That’s definitely a hustle you’ve got there. And it certainly gives me great encouragement and perspective. Thank you so much for reading and for writing such a lovely and thoughtful comment. It means a lot to me! I especially like the part about things always coming eventually. They do, don’t they? I’ve found it to be true, too. I hope you’ll come back sometime and see what else comes out of this crazy freelance world…:)

  62. Moneta Magnes August 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    Great Job! And you really know how to say it! lol

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

      Thanks! I appreciate you reading…come on back sometime!

  63. Kilby Shepard August 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    Yep, describes my daily life. It makes me miss working for “the man” every night and day. But I never lost one minute of sleep worrying ’bout the way…

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

      WORD. You said it! Thanks for reading, commenting and just getting it! I hope you’ll come back sometime…:)

  64. Kilby Shepard August 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    And the reason the rain dance worked for the Native Americans is because they never quit dancing until it rained.

  65. April Wilson August 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    I love this!

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

      Thanks, April! I appreciate the support and encouragement. 🙂 Come on back anytime…

  66. kat August 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    Hilarious! Thanks for bringing a smile to my day! 🙂

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

      Thanks, Kat! Glad I could! I appreciate you reading and commenting. Come visit again…:)

  67. D. Mylar Steffy August 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    Trubbel sez you can’t fly if you don’t leap! One small step to avoid dog poop; one giant leap for Sarah! Good luck. I’ve been in the writing biz for 25 years with freelance and full-time gigs. It ain’t eazy, but ya gotta do what drives you.

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

      Thanks for the wise words~tru dat! Thanks for the encouragement and celebration and everything…I hope you come back and visit again!

  68. elsue August 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    Perfect – hilarious…and everything…
    But…thanks for the coconut rum and dog poo tips…
    Peace.

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:46 pm #

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate you reading and commenting. I’m always good for a good rum or poo tip, so come on back sometime. 😉

  69. KL August 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Love this post! I have been contemplating trying to start writing for money. Previously my self doubt and lack of confidence has held me back, but I think you made me a little bit braver… or maybe that was the rum? Or the dancing?… oh whatever! I’m off to try and write something!
    KL

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:47 pm #

      YAAAAAAAAY! That’s really why I have this blog: to help anyone who’s even thinking about making any sort of a leap…even in a tiny, inside voice kind of way…to DO IT! I hope you’ll subscribe or come and visit so you can share your stories with us. Good luck on your adventure, and come on back when you need some support. Thanks for reading and commenting…and most of all, for LEAPING! 🙂

  70. koihernandez August 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    Wow! Great post! Congratulations on being freshly pressed!

    I just couldn’t leave your blog without saying those things.
    *I’ll check back for more of your blog post soon! You’ve done great! Keep blogging! 🙂

    we don’t have that Malibu here in the Philippines… but we do have Boracay Rum which is… what… I’m drinking… now. 🙂

    • sblumber August 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

      Reminds me of how I freelance sometimes! THanks for the hysterical post!

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

      Thank you so much for your kind words of support and encouragement! And let’s have a rum toast to a lovely day! I appreciate you stopping by, and I do hope you’ll return…

  71. Ali August 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    Keep making people smile! Liked it because I can identify with it 😉

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

      Thanks, Ali! I’m glad you liked it and could identify…I’m trying to represent for the freelancers of the world! Thank you for reading. I hope you’ll come back again! 🙂

  72. SomerEmpress August 16, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

    “Just keep swimming! Just keep swimming”, said Dorie in Finding Nemo. I love your sense of humor! What a salve! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed! “Do the Hustle!” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFz2WkVAk38

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:50 pm #

      Oh man, I LOVE Dorie! I always sing that to myself or whomever for encouragement. Glad you enjoyed the post–thanks for reading and for supporting. I hope you’ll come back!

  73. theaddphilosopher August 16, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    LOVE this article! Pretty much sums up what I’ve been doing the last few months!!

    All the best!

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

      Aw, I’m so glad! Yeah, it’s quite the experience, huh? Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I hope you’ll come back and visit. 🙂

  74. DaisyPatch Farm August 16, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    The title made me open it. The great art made me read it. The wit made me like it. A lot. Congrats on Freshly Pressed. This was fun.

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

      Wow, great comment! I really appreciate that…so much. Thank you, thank you. I hope you’ll come back so I can give you some more posts to entertain and delight!

  75. michellearean August 16, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    This was hilarious! Absolutely hilarious! Thanks for making me crack a laugh when I was kinda blah today! Good luck!!

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

      YAY! Glad I could brighten your mood. Laughing is awesome. It definitely helps shake the nonsense out. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I hope you come back!

  76. :Punchie August 16, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    “Vacation in a bottle”

    Ha- that’s brilliant. Best to you and your literary vocations.

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

      Hee hee. Who needs an island when you’ve got MALIBU??? Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I truly appreciate the support. I hope you come back sometime! 🙂

  77. :Punchie August 16, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    “Vacation in a bottle”

    Ha- that’s brillant. Best to you and your literary vocations.

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

      Hee hee. Who needs an island when you’ve got MALIBU??? Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I truly appreciate the support. I hope you come back sometime! 🙂

      • The Crazy Lady August 17, 2011 at 1:31 am #

        Ha ha, my new hero 🙂 and I thought I was the only one who liked Malibu. Silly woman. Who doesn’t love coconuts.

  78. 30Sexxy August 16, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    Absolutely hilarious and encouraging. I must not forget to pick up a vacation in a bottle on the way home tomorrow! LOL

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

      Indeed! Vacations in a bottle make EVERYTHING better! Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and I hope you come visit again sometime–we can swap Malibu recipes. 🙂

  79. Momma Be Thy Name August 16, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    The illustrations are breathtaking. I may have to commission you for an upcoming blog.

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:58 pm #

      Well, thank you! I certainly am available for hire, as you know! Thank you for reading and commenting…I hope you’ll visit again, for business or pleasure! 🙂

  80. dianewrites August 16, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    Brilliant and hillarious! I love the way you presented things. You deserve to be in the freshly pressed! 🙂

    • sarahsypniewski August 17, 2011 at 12:01 am #

      Thank you so much for reading and for your lovely comments. I so appreciate it. I hope you’ll come back and visit sometime! 🙂

  81. Felicia J Chalista August 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    Haha yup, very funny, read this in the morning just gonna make my dayyy

    • sarahsypniewski August 17, 2011 at 12:02 am #

      AWESOME. I love this comment. So you have to come back and let me know if it really did…you know, make your day. 😉 Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Hope to see you again sometime!

  82. chloeintx5693 August 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    I am a new freelance blog writer. fashion retail sales, Advocate for Mental Health issues, I like Bring Change 2 Mind.

    Love your blog and your creativity

    • sarahsypniewski August 17, 2011 at 12:03 am #

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! I appreciate your support and return the same to you. Best of luck in your endeavors, and I hope you’ll come back and visit…:)

  83. website designer delhi August 16, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    this is absolutely funny. Enjoyed reading. Lovely use of cartoons.

    • sarahsypniewski August 17, 2011 at 12:03 am #

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! I’m so glad you enjoyed it…come back sometime for more! 🙂

  84. zorazoftig August 16, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

    This post gave me a good laugh! I was just sitting here, surfing the interwebs, and thinking to myself that I should probably start looking around for a project. I suppose the fiction I’ve just started writing should probably wait while I focus on something that might actually earn me money. But then, what sort of artists would we be if we always did things responsibly?!

    • sarahsypniewski August 17, 2011 at 12:04 am #

      Ha ha, you said it! Man, it’s a tough world out here, huh? All we want to do is our art…until our tummies start reminding us we might need to eat. Thank you so much for reading and for commenting. I hope you’ll come back for more freelance adventures…:)

  85. Dip Ramavat August 16, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    After blogging unsuccessfully for about a year, I resolved to read at least a blog post a day on varying topics before I log in to my blog. And guess what? It has done miracles. once in a while you stumble upon a great post (like this one) which infuses a new energy into you and gets you started in entirely new direction. Thanks for writing this.

    • sarahsypniewski August 17, 2011 at 12:07 am #

      Well, gee, that’s an amazing compliment to receive. That’s really the true reason I write this blog–to help inspire others. Thank you so much for reading and commenting! Be sure to come back and keep me updated on how things are going for you–GOOD LUCK! 🙂

  86. Travelling Writer August 16, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

    haha… LOLs!!! Thank you for making me laugh… ^_^

    • sarahsypniewski August 17, 2011 at 12:07 am #

      You are very welcome! Thank YOU for reading and commenting! Come on back…I hope to make you laugh some more…:)

  87. purplekiss August 16, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

    love this. sarah, i’d be sharing it on twitter!!!

    • sarahsypniewski August 17, 2011 at 12:09 am #

      Oh, I do share it on Twitter…or do you mean you are sharing it on Twitter? If so, THANK YOU! That’s so nice of you! Thank you for reading, commenting, and tweeting…I really appreciate the support and I hope to see you again, so come on back. 🙂

  88. Sharp August 16, 2011 at 11:08 pm #

    a bit cynical.. but hilarious 😉

    • sarahsypniewski August 17, 2011 at 12:11 am #

      Ha, true, true…but honestly, it’s not like it’s all puppies and Twix out here, am I right? Thanks for reading and commenting; I hope you’ll come back!

  89. Edit Me F.A.S.T. August 16, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    This is great! As you’re so poignantly depicting, surviving as a freelancer requires a sense of humor, a tough (and often empty) stomach, and a no-quit attitude. I can’t wait to see your future postings!

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting with support and encouragement! It’s definitely a crazy world out here, as I’m learning, but I wouldn’t trade it (yet). I hope to give you more delicious posts to chew on. 🙂

  90. Nick Kellingley August 16, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

    Made me laugh, and as a freelancer it’s a shame that this doesn’t really work too. 🙂

    • sarahsypniewski August 16, 2011 at 11:41 pm #

      Ha, yeah…if only life were this easy, huh? But we do it anyway! Thanks for reading and commenting…come back and visit sometime!

      • liuxiaoliang August 17, 2011 at 4:35 am #

        Yes, I very like the style.

    • liuxiaoliang August 17, 2011 at 4:34 am #

      I like! Great!

      • sarahsypniewski August 18, 2011 at 10:30 am #

        Thank you so much for visiting and commenting! I hope you come back and visit sometime…:)

  91. GED online August 17, 2011 at 12:40 am #

    This is the first time I am visiting your blog and happy to read this post. I found this post is really useful one.. I love reading this kind of stuff. Your blog is one of a kind, i love the way you organize the topics.

    • sarahsypniewski August 18, 2011 at 10:30 am #

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! I really appreciate the feedback and support. I hope you come back and visit sometime…

  92. barcode softwares August 17, 2011 at 1:25 am #

    Brilliant stuff, keep on blogging as like, really hilarious stuff, but no ways never my vacations get ruined and get into the bottle; it will be enjoyed as always and as like, Great post.

    barcode softwares

    • sarahsypniewski August 18, 2011 at 10:38 am #

      Thanks for reading and commenting! Yeah…vacations are too good to stuff into a bottle, but when you can’t go on vacation, you can do the next best thing: drink coconut rum! I hope you come on back some time. 🙂

  93. primatograpiya August 17, 2011 at 1:25 am #

    “Allow your ever-diligent conscience to remind you that you’re about to be poor in about 2.5 seconds if you don’t start finding projects that pay right now,”

    — I love this part! MOTIVATION! LOL! 😉

    • sarahsypniewski August 18, 2011 at 10:40 am #

      HAHAHAHAHA! Man, I literally have to remind myself of that, like, every week. Oh, the humanity….:) Thanks for reading and commenting. Glad you liked it…come on back sometime!

  94. christyann76 August 17, 2011 at 1:27 am #

    Hi Sarah,
    I like your blog about freelance writing & experiences with it.

    • sarahsypniewski August 18, 2011 at 10:41 am #

      Hey there, Christyann!

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I appreciate the feedback–glad you liked it! Hope you come and visit again sometime soon…:)

  95. Salman Latif August 17, 2011 at 2:21 am #

    Lol!! Awesome post! 😀
    I must say I can relate to some steps of that ‘freelance hustle technique.’ 😀 And it is quite inspiring. I may follow it step-by-step the next time 😛

    • sarahsypniewski August 18, 2011 at 10:44 am #

      Tee hee. I’m glad you liked it, and yes…please, feel free to join me next time. There’s plenty of Malibu to go around! Thanks for reading and commenting…and come on back anytime; us freelancers have to stick together!

  96. שירלי קליביצקיShirly August 17, 2011 at 2:22 am #

    I just LOVE your blog. Thank you very much for it (or in other words, I’m just about to sign up for it 🙂 Sorry that you can’t read mine, it’s in Hebrew… but we do share more than one thought, I can tell you that.

    • sarahsypniewski August 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

      Thank YOU very much! I am so happy you read it and found something you liked in it enough to subscribe. I am very grateful. Glad to be speaking the same language in different languages. 😉

  97. Floor register August 17, 2011 at 2:38 am #

    lol, it is interesting!!

    • sarahsypniewski August 18, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

      Hee hee, thanks! Thanks for reading and commenting…come back anytime!

  98. Lorna August 17, 2011 at 3:39 am #

    Ha ha! Loved your post on two levels – I do the freelance hustle on a far too regular basis, and your cartoons are what I aspire to with my blog scribbles!
    Happy freelancing – I keep telling myself that the flexibility in my day is worth all the hustles I need to do!

    • sarahsypniewski August 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

      Hey Lorna! Thanks for stopping by, reading, and commenting! I checked out your blog–what an AWESOME idea!!! OMG. I’m going to start following you. I love the concept, the dreams, and your visual interpretations of them. Genius!

  99. Imdad Hussain August 17, 2011 at 4:09 am #

    I love it

    • sarahsypniewski August 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

      Thank you! I love that you read it and commented! Come back anytime. 🙂

  100. daniel thomas August 17, 2011 at 4:24 am #

    This post is amazing. I want to get some sort of runners gig for television then build up my contacts before stepping into the wonderful/scary world of freelancing.

    • sarahsypniewski August 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

      Thanks, Daniel! Sounds like you have your own journey ahead and plan to get there–AWESOME! Go for it 100%. It’ll be hard, but worth it. And come on back if you need moral support (or just a round of Malibu). 🙂

  101. Annie Zed August 17, 2011 at 5:33 am #

    Love your style! You’ll be getting lots of work, I’m sure! There is great power in humour!

    • sarahsypniewski August 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

      Thanks for reading and commenting! I hope you’re right one of these days. So far, I’m still exactly where I was a week ago. But that’s okay. It’ll come eventually. 🙂

  102. Tristan August 17, 2011 at 6:27 am #

    OMG – your post speaks to exactly what I’m going through right now. I’m a freelance copywriter who’s in between projects and the avoiding eye contact with my bank account is exactly what I want to do most days.

    You’re post made me smile and gave me renewed hope to keep searching.

    • sarahsypniewski August 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

      YAY, Tristan! You can do it! I know…it’s either really amazing or really difficult, huh? Man…well, I’m glad I could bring a smile to your face, and more importantly–that it could inspire you to keep on goin’. Come back anytime…we freelancers have to stick together!

      • Tristan August 19, 2011 at 7:17 am #

        Thanks Sarah!

  103. Ken Morselander August 17, 2011 at 7:14 am #

    Awesome inspiration for all who struggle for the muse, walk the dog (and pick up the poo), clean the spare tire in their trunk or any thing else to avoid having to create something. Keep ’em coming!!

    • sarahsypniewski August 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

      HAHAHAHAHAHA! Precisely! I’ve become an excellent housekeeper since I went freelance…. Thanks for reading and commenting and come back and visit sometime!

  104. Missy August 17, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    OMG I love it. I’m totally cracking up right now. I’m so guilty of a few of these things.

    • sarahsypniewski August 18, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

      HAHAHAHAHA! Oh man…I know. It’s funny cuz it’s true (and a little sad). LOL This freelance lifestyle is crazy. Thanks for reading and commenting–come on back sometime!

  105. Transitioning Mom August 17, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    Found this just when I was ready to hang up my dance shoes. Loved this…needed this…keeping this! Thanks for the humor and the inspiration! Cheers!

    • sarahsypniewski August 18, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

      Don’t do it! Don’t hang up your dance shoes! They’ve still gotta lotta boogie in them. 🙂 Glad you found this when you needed it. Thanks for reading and commenting…come on back! 🙂

  106. havingabubble August 17, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    Love. It!!! Thanks for brightening up my afternoon. I think I’ll become a freelancer now 😉

    • sarahsypniewski August 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I’m so glad it brightened your day. 🙂 Yeah, come on into the freelancing world anytime…never a dull moment!

  107. Flossie August 17, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    I love this!!! I’m not sure whether it has inspired me to be a freelance writer or totally put me off but it made me laugh and that’s good!!!

    • sarahsypniewski August 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

      HAHAHAHA! I know, right? Ha ha. Thanks for reading and commenting. Glad I could bring some laughter to your day. Come on back anytime…

  108. Samantha August 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    This is literally a better-described version of what I blogged about today. I’m currently looking for a job, and I could relate to the checking my email constantly and struggling between really wanting to edit those cover letters and resumes ALL the time. I really enjoyed the blog!

    • sarahsypniewski August 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Samantha! Glad you could relate. It’s tough, huh? Between the external challenges and the internal sabotage, it’s a wonder we get anything accomplished! Hope you come back and visit…

  109. Laura4NYC August 17, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    Brilliant! So, now that you have been “disovered”, did you give up the freelance hustle??! 🙂

    • sarahsypniewski August 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

      HA! I WISH! Nah, just back to the ol’ regular life. It was one day of awesomeness, and now everything’s returned to normal. It’s okay; I’m perfectly willing to keep hustlin’…

      Thanks for reading and commenting! Hope you come on back sometime…

  110. LincolnLouise August 18, 2011 at 4:41 am #

    Love this, made me giggle until I realised that “oh hell, that’s me”, which just made me laugh harder at myself.

    • sarahsypniewski August 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

      HAHAHAHAHA! Perfect. Thanks for reading and commenting. I’m glad you can relate…it’s crazy–the stuff we do–huh? Come on back and visit sometime…

  111. arielkprice August 18, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    Thanks for the encouragement! I love the cartoons. I better get my dancin’ shoes on…

    • sarahsypniewski August 18, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

      Thank YOU for reading and commenting! Yes, get those dancin’ shoes on and boogie on down! Come on back and visit…

  112. lisaalinh August 18, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    This made me chuckle as I was reading through. Loved it!

    • sarahsypniewski August 18, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

      HA HA, awesome! Glad to hear it! Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I hope you come back and visit…there will be lots more freelance craziness to document…:)

  113. Sasha August 19, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    LOL! Just watch out for dog poo. 🙂

    • sarahsypniewski August 19, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

      Indeed! No one wants to step in that–barefoot, no less! SICK. ;p

  114. trialsinfood August 19, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    lol. sounds like my job search process for the last 8 months….maybe not so funny after all. 😦

    • sarahsypniewski August 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

      Aw. I know the feeling. It’s okay. Try not to despair too much. I know it’s tough out here. What kind of work are you looking for? Maybe some of my readers have leads…

  115. lindayoga August 22, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    HAHAHA!!!! Perfect!!
    Thanks for your wonderful post;)
    -Linda

    • sarahsypniewski August 22, 2011 at 10:31 am #

      Hee hee! I’m so glad you liked it! Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Hearing people laugh is seriously my favorite (after Malibu, of course) 😉 I hope you come back some time…

  116. dreidel18 August 27, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    So true and fitting. Great useful writing, I really got so inspired…

    • sarahsypniewski August 30, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

      YAY! I’m so glad. Thanks for reading and commenting. Come on back anytime…

  117. pacatatu August 27, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    Great post – freelancing is not easy – we are so vulnerable… they will all be sorry when we are famous – hahahahahah. Thanks for the post – great!

    • sarahsypniewski August 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

      HAHAHAHAHA! Yes, they sure will be! 😉 Thanks for reading and commenting. Stop by anytime! 🙂

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    Hey it’s a great accomplishment in itself that you’re living your dream! And when all else fails there’s always craigslist!

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