A year of business admin—more exciting than you might expect
In mid-May of 2020, I began offering The Editor's Affairs (TEA), my system of Excel spreadsheets for freelance editorial professionals, for sale to my fellow freelance editors. After celebrating my one-year TEA-nniversary last week, and after seeing colleagues posting on social media about taking solo business retreats (a brilliant idea that I hope to try one day!), I decided to check in with myself and reflect on what The Editor's Affairs has meant for my business so far.
I’m an editor, not an accountant or an administrator. My job satisfaction primarily comes from helping authors deliver their messages to their readers as clearly as possible, not from crunching numbers. And I doubt many of my fellow freelance editors started their own businesses simply for the joy of budgeting and tracking their allowable expenses.
With all the spinning plates that editing and proofreading involve – plus all the COVID-related anxiety, responsibilities and cabin fever we’re dealing with right now – keeping on top of your business affairs might not be your highest priority.
Now is certainly not the time to wag a disapproving finger or put pressure on anyone to be more productive or organized. But if you find yourself wanting to think about your business’s health as a distraction from the constant conversations about physical health, the tips in this post can help you overcome the following barriers to adding regular admin check-ins to your working life.
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In these stressful times, when so many aspects of our lives have been turned upside down, many people in the editing community (like many people generally) are trying to retain some sense of normalcy, and this includes working — if we can — and taking stock of our professional as well as our physical and mental health.
To that end, I’m excited to announce that I will soon be launching The Editor's Affairs (TEA), an integrated system of Excel tools for self-employed editorial professionals, allowing you to easily manage your income, expenses and project data. My goal with TEA is to help you keep your affairs in order – your financial records, your project schedules and your client relationships – all while your Earl Grey’s still warm.