I’ve got some spare time while I’m sitting here waiting for Lightroom to export a batch of photos. (Lightroom is painfully slow on my desktop Windows PC for some reason, although it is remarkably fast on my MacBook Pro.)
For those of you who actually come to the site, rather than reading via RSS or Facebook or Twitter links, you’ll see that the top item remains I Need a Job – Help! and that’s still the case, although things have significantly improved since I wrote that.
You’ve likely seen the post about our upcoming move to Tai Po and we’re really excited about that. We love the flat and we love the village. We’re going to miss Sai Kung, perhaps more than we realize at the moment, but we’re looking forward to exploring Tai Po and the surrounding area.
I’ve had one IT consulting job for the past six months. On average I’ve only had around 2 billable hours per week and so I haven’t been making a whole lot of money from this (though I did get a nice business trip to London last month). They’ve now told me that this year they may have the budget as well as the need for me to devote more time to them. Aside from the fact that this would mean more money, it’s a good company filled with nice people and I enjoy the work I’m doing for them.
A couple of weeks ago, someone recommended me for a part time writing job. I’m not really permitted to say what kind of writing it is or for what kind of company. I turned in first drafts on a couple of projects in the last few days and the company director said that he liked them and that I’m “not a bad writer.” The money is very, very good here (plus it got me a business trip to Taipei last week) and so I’m very pleased that they like what I’ve given them so far.
The photography side of things is also picking up with a few paid shoots last month and this month and a few tentative bookings on the horizon. The photography work I’m doing pays very little but it’s probably the work I enjoy doing the most.
I’m enjoying the freelancer/contractor life and enjoying that I’m mostly able to work from home and feeling as if a 16 ton weight has been lifted from my shoulders as a bit more money is coming in. While I don’t want to jinx things, after an absolutely craptastic 2012, 2013 is looking all bright and Little Mary Sunshiney.
That being said, I am still in search of work – either a permanent IT management position or more IT contract work. So please do keep me in mind should you hear about anyone looking to fill an IT management role.
So, happy new year, happy 2013 (a bit late), happy year of the snake (a bit early)!