Being freelance seems to mean that you either have time or money, but never (or only seldom) both.
Now, with Corona raising it’s ugly head, I’m lucky to have good weather and the kids at home all the time. However, a lot of my work has been cancelled (and I expect the rest to cancel pretty soon) so that I once again have free time but no money.
Make the most of the opportunity
I suppose it’s reasonable to expect that I’ll be sick — or caring for sick people — at some point in the near future. But, until then, I’d like to feel like I’m managing my own time productively. Partly for the sense of moving forward, partly for the structure it’ll bring to my day, and partly because I want to think I’m the kind of person who doesn’t need a job to be a “contributing member to society” or “productive.”
So, towards that end, I’ve started brainstorming things I can do to feel productive, as a teacher and as an entrepreneur.
The Teaching To-Do List
I’ll make a longer, more detailed list of things to do on my teaching blog, but mostly I’m aware that I’ll be able to use this time to make materials. I’ve been making what I think are great materials at the last minute, but I do kinda know what’s necessary and I’d like to get that going.
So, I’ll have that to do.
What to do with my entrepreneurial energy?
I’m not going to lie: things have basically stalled with my amazing vocab review worksheet website. But, I still use and love it, so I think that other teachers will, too. (One day…)
To that end, there are a few things I can start working on now:
- Interview the one teacher who used it, and talk about why she stopped.
- Make a survey to send teachers asking what they actually need. (Maybe I should have done that before, but you live and learn)
- Begin making tools to make it easier to automate the “localization” of the worksheets, so that I can look for early adopters from a broader range of teachers…
- Integrate Stripe. Less because I expect a rush on the site but instead because I would like to establish early that it’s a thing that gets paid for and that people can have a temporary free trial, but that I plan to make money with it.
Time to get to it!
Enough writing here. I have work to do!