Posted by: faultlessfinish | June 28, 2010

Making Connections in Unexpected Places

A little over a month ago I thought that freelance editing was a lonely profession. I assumed most of my networking would be done online and was grateful to have a side job as a server where I could actually talk to real live people. 

I have been pleasantly surprised over the past few weeks. Although the editing community in Calgary is small, it is tight-knit. I’ve had the chance to meet several talented editors at various networking events this past month and have already received amazing support. Everyone has been very willing to offer advice and answer questions, and I’m extremely grateful. It’s nice to feel part of a community outside of an office cubicle.

The serving job has proved very beneficial this week as well. I had the chance to chat with a couple fascinating people while they were paying their bills, both of whom were interested in possibly hiring an editor. The opportunity to make connections is everywhere, you just have to put yourself out there. Being shy in this business is surprisingly not an option.

I apologize if this post is a little short – there is currently jackhammering outside my window and I’m finding it very hard to concentrate. Oh yes, it’s been going on since 6:00 A.M. and won’t stop until 4 P.M. The repairs they’re making to the bridge outside my apartment better be spectacular. Time to head to the coffee shop!


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