January 5th, 2014

amy grech, sangria, summer

The Perils of Wearing Too Many Hats...

Like most people,I took a few days off between Christmas and New Year's...But as a Freelancer, if I don't work, I don't get paid--I bill by the hour...So that meant my client invoices were lighter than usual and for the first time in 2013, I was short and the AMEX bill was due...I participate in lots of computer usability studies and focus groups. I was selected for a study that paid $200.00 cash last week for two hours--crisis averted!

All of these focus groups have online screeners, then I get a call, to make sure I'm a good fit. When asked my profession for a TV Focus Group, I said Fiction Author, because if I said Online Marketing, which is what I do for half a dozen clients, I would have been screened out on the spot. The representative told me she'd have to check with the client to see if that was a conflict of interest. I haven't heard back yet, but we did have a snow storm on Friday, maybe she'll call tomorrow to tell me I made it in...Next time, I'm, just going to say I'm a Web Designer.  Sheesh!!