It’s been about 5 months since I last wrote a blog post…I’m so sorry! When I started the blog, it was with the intention of posting on a regular basis. My goal is to do better going forward.
Here’s what I’ve been up to…
In May, I learned a valuable lesson the hard way. I responded to a post about a freelance position and got it. Things moved very quickly. Although I struggled, I did my best. I was quite relieved when after about 30 hours of work, the client asked me to invoice her. Thank god! It was over!! I generated an invoice and sent it to her. She asked for a breakdown, I sent that too. Then I waited. I waited for 2 weeks, then sent a friendly reminder email. No response. I waited another 2 weeks…nada. I called numerous times, got voicemail, left messages, sent more reminders, and still nothing.
I reached out to the person who had posted the position. I told her what was going on and asked if she had had the same experience. She said, “Sounds like they are not going to pay you.” Then she said that she had warned me about that. I can assure you that she had not. I would have definitely remembered someone telling me, “oh by the way, you may not get paid because this client has a problem with paying developers for work done.” I’m not insane, I would not have taken the gig. Anyway, she goes on about all the reasons why she doesn’t do work for them anymore. One of the reasons being that they still owed her money. I was shocked!! She didn’t tell me any of this! All she told me was that the database was a nightmare and that she wanted to do more web design work. To be fair, I did not ask about any issues. I was too green, too innocent. I naively assumed that no one would post a sketchy job within their own community. I was wrong. I appealed for help via a freelance group. One of my former instructors called the client directly and got me paid within 24 hours. When the email notification came through that the payment had been made, I literally cried from all the stress.
The lesson I learned? ASK ALL THE QUESTIONS! If someone is passing along a gig that they used to have, ask why they are giving it up. Ask about any quirks the client may have. Ask if the client still owes them money. Ask whatever questions you deem necessary. If any of the answers make you uncomfortable, re-evaluate if you really need or want that job. What one person may see as a potential issue, may not be a big deal to you but in order to make an informed decision, you need to ask the right questions.
I went on an application frenzy!! I applied to so many positions during the months of May and June. I had a few phone interviews, a few in-person interviews, but nothing panned out. I was also invited to attend a job fair by TD Bank. It was very intimidating but I mustered up the courage to go up to people and talk with them. I met a TD recruiter there who was so helpful. She advised me to email everyone with whom I made contact at the job fair. I did, the next day. I haven’t heard back from anyone.
I’ve added a few more projects to my portfolio. The downside is that they have been pro-bono. I must generate some paying jobs. The hustle is real.
As you know, I’ve mentored a few sessions with Ladies Learning Code earlier this year. On August 18 and 25, I will be the lead instructor for a two-part LLC course called Getting Started with WordPress & Blogging. I’m so excited.
My friend and I started a podcast! It’s called <Hair Code Soul/>. On it, we talk about natural hair, web development, and life. Episode 001 is up and Episode 002 should be posted this week. We’re having a blast doing it!
Speaking of natural hair, I finally coloured my hair to get rid of the grey! What a difference!!
This past weekend, I attended Wordcamp 2016 at Ryerson in Toronto. It was fun and informative!
So that, in a nutshell, is what I’ve been up to over the past few months! As I said earlier, my goal is to do better so I will be posting on a more regular and consistent basis.
How has your summer been? Comment below!