My Examiner article from August 23, 2013. Hopefully it’s helpful advice for budding freelancers.
September is “Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month.” Many writers and editors earn a living as freelance workers. A freelancer is someone who sells services to clients without the commitment of long-term employment to any one person. Freelance writers and editors are able to work on a variety of projects for various clients at fees that are agreed upon between the client and the freelancer. This allows freelancers to diversify their skills and improve their portfolios while working with different people.
Reasons for becoming a freelancer
Freelancing is wide open with opportunities for professionals in many areas. Forbes lists the writing professions as some of the top areas where freelancing continues to be a prosperous option. Many people begin freelancing to escape the routine of the traditional workplace. They want the freedom to set their own hours, rates of pay, assignments they want to work on and the ability to work wherever they choose. Some do it because of the lagging job market and the inability to find suitable work in the private sector. Still others choose to freelance because of family obligations such as child or elderly care issues or health concerns.
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It has been a while since I added any new content here! I hope to remedy that. Over the past year and a half, my wife and I have been busy being foster parents to two mischievous boys, ages seven and nine. Well, they have now been back with their biological family for a month and the “empty nest” is starting to become more and more real to me.
Now that I am not playing “Mr. Mom” anymore – at least until a new placement comes into our home – I will have more time for one of my other great loves – writing. Not that I have been completely dormant as a writer. I have a few projects that I am working on, namely a children’s book and a sort of memoir, both revolving around the topic of bullying. I also continue my assignments at Examiner.com as the Rockford (IL) Workplace Issues Examiner. You can find my work for Examiner here.
As I progress on the books I am writing, I will give updates here. I also plan to post some excerpts as they become available. I am targeting the middle of 2014 for publication of both books. They will be available on Smashwords and Amazon. Until then, keep reading whatever you can get your hands on, even if it’s just for a few minutes per day. Keep your brain sharp and your heart open!
No fault absenteeism is a type of workplace attendance policy. Despite its name, it is not meant to imply that employers will allow employees to call off work as much as they wish. On the contrary – in workplaces where this type of policy is in place, there is no such thing as an excused or unexcused absence. Whether an employee calls off sick or they simply call off so they can take advantage of sales at their favorite mall, the day off is counted as an absence on a work attendance record.
Employers implement these policies for a variety of reasons, such as ease of use and as a way to eliminate favoritism. Employees with excessive absenteeism are subject to disciplinary action. One example would be if an employee uses more sick time than what is allotted in the employee benefits plan.
The very nature of a policy where all absences, regardless of cause, may lead to disciplinary action lends itself to negative criticism. Employees often feel there is a lack of flexibility in no fault policies. Even absences due to illnesses that require a doctor’s care (such as the flu) or a death not covered by a bereavement policy can lead to repercussions if an employee has excessive absences. This leads to questions of why absences such as these are held to such negative scrutiny. Employers argue that while they may be sympathetic to the cause of an absence, they must have a means to deal with lost productivity, dissatisfied customers and low morale that can be caused by a reduced workforce.
There are some exceptions to no fault absenteeism. Some of these are based on individual employer policies and others are state and/or federal mandates. These include:
Continue reading @ Understanding the basics of no fault absenteeism policies – Rockford Workplace Issues | Examiner.com.