As we all move desperately, in spite of current circumstances, to embrace the shiny brand-new year, I can’t help but think that ‘2020’ somehow seemed to contain an extra sprinkling of futuristic promise. Perhaps that made the way it would unfold even harder to swallow? In any case, unfold it did in its well-documented and uniquely shocking way. But it wasn’t all bad.
I must admit that I was pretty naïve when I started out ‘properly’ as a freelancer back in July. It had all seemed so straightforward. I would launch my website and social media accounts and the (quality) jobs would just flow in. However, the reality proved to be a bit different and instead, the past three months have provided me with a priceless crash course in the realities of attempting to build a new business from the ground up (in the middle of a pandemic). Here's some of what I've learned.
*Not a real word at present. Covid. C-19. Contact Tracing. Frontliner. Physical Distancing. Zoom. These were just some of the entries included in last month's Oxford English Dictionary quarterly update. It seems a bit strange that these words, already firmly embedded in our collective consciousness, have only now been added to the world’s most famous word catalogue. (And there they will remain; once a word is added to the OED, it is never removed. In any case, there is no fear of the C word being forgotten any time soon).