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I spent part of this past weekend working on a project that I’ve been thinking about and talking about for a while but not making much progress on.
That project is my desire to start a freelance editing business.
When I pulled out the notebook I had dedicated to this project, I was appalled to see that my last notes were dated April 21 of this year.
That means that for over six months, all I’ve done is think about the project. And the thinking has been sporadic.
I want to start such a business for different reasons. I’d like to earn extra income. I’d like to eventually be completely self-employed and not dependent on an employer. I’d like to do something that fits closely with what I love doing the most.
What I love doing the most is writing. But I’m not looking to become a freelance writer, at least not in the sense of getting assignments to write articles for magazines.
I want to write about things that I’m passionate about and interested in. I’ll always do that, whether I have a traditional job or am self-employed.
That kind of writing, even if I get published, doesn’t always translate into money. And I do need to make some money.
Second to creating the words, I love editing the words of others.
I love the challenge of smoothing out writing, making it consistent in style, organization, punctuation, grammar, spelling, while keeping the writer’s voice in place.
I love the power of words and helping others find just the right ones to convey their meaning.
I love weeding through words, finding the ones that have to be cut to fit a certain word limit, again, keeping the writer’s voice the same.
When I edit, I lose track of time, become totally absorbed in the task at hand.
So why have I held back on moving forward with my business idea?
Procrastination, depression, perfectionism, fear—the same things that dog me in other areas of my life.
I think they’re all tied together. When you’re depressed, you may lack motivation to do much of anything. It just seems too exhausting and useless.
The OCD is a party to all this, too. It’s easy to fall into the trap of obsessing about not doing things perfectly, of making a mistake like not filing taxes correctly, not doing a good enough job at the work, not being able to do the work.
Even with the treatment I have received, even with the improvements I’ve experienced in both depression and OCD this year, they both still have their influences.
But can I edit? Yes. Can I do a good job? Yes. Can I provide a service to others? Yes.
I found that just taking a few, small steps helped. I did some research. Reviewed some information about starting a business in Virginia. Learned some things that made me feel better.
And I decided that the best step to take at this point was to set up an appointment with the certified public accountant that does out taxes and have a talk about the requirements for setting up a sole proprietorship in Virginia. Why worry about what I didn’t know when I had a source of information to begin with?
So that’s what I’ll do. I’ll call this week and try to set up an appointment as soon as he’s available.
And I’ll keep taking the small steps that I need to take until I am ready to start my business.
What project have you been working on lately?