“Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!” Lewis Carroll’s White Rabbit from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a fictional character with a very real problem – an anxiety over time. We’re all guilty of being in the clutches of this age-old paranoia – there’s not enough, we worry that we are running out of it and, we are not quite sure how to manage it when we do have it. Yet is trying to ‘manage and bottle it,’ just a waste of the very thing we are trying to tame? more..
I am a freelancer. That’s it, full stop. If you are a glass half full kind of person then you’ll be looking at all the shiny benefits up for grab; more flexibility, the chance to unload the dishwasher and get paid in between, the opportunity to work where and when you want, no-one to say you can or can’t take a day, week, a year off, the option to dabble in entrepreneurship, write a novel, become a master chef. There is of course the small matter of pay. It’s kind of fair – you get paid for what you do, it’s the ‘does what it says on the tin’ kind of a deal, no less, no more. If you are, however, a glass half empty sort of a person, you may be forgiven for being terrified at the mere thought that your salary could go up and down like a rollercoaster on acid, not to mention you’ll forever be on the lookout for your next piece of the salary pie, endlessly seeking your next gig, sadly without the rock star attached. more..