So I’m not a freelancer anymore. Back in April, I started looking for jobs in preparation for graduation. I was not exactly sure what I was looking for, my only criteria was that a job needed to be within 10 miles of were we live. I was approached a few times on LinkedIn about working for one of the local data centers. Their benefits were wild, snacks and paid monthly house keeping service, SOLD. Unfortunately at the time I really was limited as far as a schedule, because I did not want to buy another car so soon after leaving school. It just seemed like a bad financial idea at the time. The schedule was also pretty rough as far as making arrangements for daycare. I would have ended up working 12 hours a day for 4 days and alternate to 3 days every other week. There were no daycare centers in the area that stayed open past 7pm, so that sealed the deal, I could not take the job. In the end, I declined but asked them to call me if they had the same position open in a traditional schedule. I was bummed out when I figured out it would not work out.
I stopped looking for about a week but then I happened to stumble upon a job listing for a web developer in my city. It didn’t list the schedule or the base pay but I decided to call anyways. I called and had to speak with like 3 people to get the exact job description. I didn’t mind because this job would work out perfectly because it was so close to home. I ended up interviewing about 6 times, with like 4 people, it was a tiny bit of overkill. It was also hell trying to negotiate the terms of employment . We kept going back and forth with my salary requirements and the base pay rate. I ended up getting the salary I wanted, for the first 90 days I was getting paid hourly, which made for lots of overtime because I am scheduled to work 6 days a week. So much for not working a hard schedule, lol. But it all worked out, I am able to pick up the little by 6pm from daycare and that is what I was worried about the most. I also ended up getting a car from Carvana to make it easier for our schedules. We were planning to make one car work, but thinking it through, it would have been a logistical nightmare.
Having all the kids in school helps too. They all take the bus in the morning and little gets dropped off at day care by the school bus. I am really happy that I found this position. Working here has been awesome. I work directly with the president of the company and do all of the web development, marketing and marketing materials. I did have a few problems getting the old web design person to hand over logins and social media pages access. She was salty as fuck that she got replaced. Im sorry, lol. It ended up taking a little over a month to get complete access, but I am still cleaning up the mess. There are accounts that were created and access to them is lost because they “cant remember” which email they used to register. Of course google is ranking that old ass WordPress account from 2013 that we can not access, lol. But I am slowly taking care of the issues.
Other than work, I have been a little busy reducing my client load from my freelance stuff. I am only keeping on my favorite 2 clients and stopping work on the quick WordPress and Dev jobs. I will still continue to make WordPress themes, but most of the freelance stuff I am done with. I would not be able to provide services with my current schedule anyways. The sticker shop has been hot these past few months though. I keep saying that I will only be doing limited releases for a few months, but I really enjoy the design process. I have to start keeping up with cutting orders or cutting a large stack of stickers to be able to ship quickly. Right now I have my turn around time set as 7 – 10 business days. I know for the last few orders I have gone past those dates, but for those orders I always include some type of freebie as a sorry.
I’m going to have to try my hardest to keep up with blogging, I have to set up a tech blog to keep up with my CEUs. So getting used to regularly posting here should get me on track to work on the new blog. I think. I hope 😁.