May 28th, 2016 was a monumental day in my life, to say the least: we welcomed our son, Silas Daniel Quales. Perfectly healthy and arriving exactly one week before his due date, this little guy (weighing in at 6 lbs, 7 oz) has been such a joy. His timing was impeccable, as my husband was off nursing school for the summer so he was able to stay home to help me with Silas for the first 2.5 months of his life.
I took 6 weeks completely off work, during which time I admittedly got antsy to start back to work. I’m one of those people who is not happy if not productive, which usually means making money 🙂 When I did return to my clients and projects in mid-July, the transition was fairly seamless thanks to Jon also being home with us for another month.
Being a WAHM
Becoming a mom has made me appreciate my self-employed, work-from-home status just about a million times more than I did before. Having an easy going baby certainly helps me continue to be productive during the day at home, and I’ve been able to easily plan meetings and on-site engagements on days when my husband is available or when my family members watch Silas for half days. I plan to keep working diligently to grow my business so I can continue freelancing for years to come, so I can be home with my little boy as he grows up!
With that said, I am currently looking to pick up additional projects in my areas of expertise, including writing, editing, content strategy and qualitative research/analysis. I have about 20 hours a week open at this time for additional work. Just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have needs in any of those areas!
I’m way past due for a blog post, so I thought I would write a quick post on what I’ve been up to in 2016 so far. I hope everyone else’s new year is going just as well!
I continue to work as a contract content specialist for my longest-term customer Vantiv, creating Help articles, training content (such as how-to video scripts and PPT decks) and marketing support for their revamped customer-facing payments processing platform, Vantiv iQ. It’s been a huge undertaking; I’ve been on the project since July 2013 when I was brought on to conduct user research in the field. I feel privileged to still be working with the team, and am looking forward to this project coming full circle later this year.
I’ve also been engaged by Vantiv’s Marketing department to write a regular, year-long blog series. I write 20+ research-based blog posts per month about topics of interest to merchants that process electronic payments, including credit and debit cards, EMV chip cards, digital wallet, mobile payments and NFC payments.
While the above two Vantiv projects are a close to 40-hour-per-week commitment, I also continue to support a variety of smaller projects for other clients, including:
- Serving as a writer on the large website refresh project for Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. I have refreshed web copy for 5 service lines so far, and continue to be brought in on more content as needed.
- Serving as project manager and writer for the website refresh of Chicago-based genetic testing company Insight Medical Genetics.
- Serving as content strategist and writer for the major overhaul of the 1,000+ page intranet site of Intuit.
Let’s work together in 2016! If you need freelance writing, editing or content strategy support, shoot me an email today: email@example.com.