I will consider that I am successful as an editor/proofreader when I can:
…match the income I used to earn in my part-time retail work
Thanks to a mixture of writing for various sites and clients, a vigorous ebay account and occasional editing, I am around half way there with the earnings. It’s not regular though, so I can’t call it a viable second income as yet. I need to focus more and make sure I plan my attack on these fronts a little better. But when family and friends come calling for my time, staying focused without upsetting them by being seen as anti-social is hard work.
…afford to pay for certain very necessary interior improvements to the house my husband and I own.
My husband and I between us are getting there with this plan, as the kettle, pots and pans have all been replaced lately and the cutlery and crockery added to in the cause of having enough for attending parties, barbeques and other larger events. Small bathroom improvements are next on the list, typical holiday weekend pursuit of DIY to follow. The big improvements are still in planning, but we will get there. Working toward being able to afford the interior improvements was my objective for the second quarter, which I have been meeting for the last few months.
…afford to save money, no matter how little, every month.
Meeting that, which is just as well really because some of the works we have planned are rather expensive. My car also needs some attention, which was not budgeted for, under any circumstances. I do hope to be able to afford a few little extras this month, however. This is my third quarter goal and the one I am concentrating on at the moment.
…state that I have regular work in the field.
I do, and when Life plays along it could be regular enough to class as that elusive second income. But for now, I’m still reassessing and sorting out, seeing what works and what doesn’t, juggling the priorities thrown at me by dayjob, house and freelancing. Achieving this goal will signal a seismic shift in lots of areas in my life, and force me to look at it in a much more professional way.