Today was an excellent day for opportunity. Yet, these opportunities created a unique type of confusion. It’s a confusion that I’m not accustomed to. I may finally have a choice of work and career. This could be life-changing, and I am at a crossroads on how to handle it.
Let me start with this. I have been unemployed from a regular job since June 1st of last year. Aside from the occasional freelance writing or editing job (very few and far between), my only source of income has been my weekly unemployment checks and whatever money I make at dart tournaments. Something must change, and change soon.
I have been working on a new freelance client, and I believe I will be awarded the contract shortly. I also hope that this contract might lead to more contracts from the company, or perhaps even a full-time position. Alas, the company is in Florida, and there is no possibility of re-locating there. Still, it is a nice opportunity, and I look forward to the work.
While checking my email this morning, an old friend of mine popped up on Facebook chat. Turns out he owns his own company and may well be looking for a freelance writer soon for technical documentation and marketing materials. We’ve just begun talking, but I believe there may well be a future business relationship there.
So far, so good. But wait, there’s more.
On my drive back from lunch with a friend, I received a phone call from Melissa, my account manager at my old contracting company. I had been contracted to EDS and Symantec through this company for three years before my last contract was not renewed last June. She told me of a technical writing opportunity that just became available in Austin, TX. It’s a six-month contract with the possibility of extension, and the client is EDS (now an HP company). Having several years of technical writing experience with EDS, I’m pretty much a lock for this contract if I choose to take it (and if they like my resume and want to talk to me). There are logistics that need to be evaluated, of course. I’m not able to spend six months in Austin away from my family. But the pay is very good, and most of the expenses are covered. The time and travel can be worked out if the company is willing.
Still more . . .
A close friend of mine is an Enrolled Agent (tax professional). He owns his own business and has become successful. So successful, in fact, that he now has more work than one man can handle. He is ready to bring on a partner, and he has asked me to be that partner. This is a complete career change for me, but one that offers–as long as the IRS doesn’t change the tax code to something simple–a virtual lifetime of employment. The plan is to re-locate the company to Las Vegas (there are many good reasons for this, but I will not mention them here).
After living in Las Vegas for two years, and then moving back to Ohio, my wife and I have agreed that Las Vegas is truly our home. We are comfortable there, and we feel like we belong. Thus, it has been our goal to move back to Las Vegas for good. Of course, this takes financial stability, and right now, that is something we certainly do not have. The move to Vegas wouldn’t be necessary until early-to-mid 2012 (possibly even later with some back-and-forth travel), so we do have time. There is much to accomplish in this time, however. I will need to continue my studies and pass all three parts of the E.A. exam (grueling to say the least) I will also need to acquire more freelance work, or a permanent position with a company through which I can gain stability and be able to fully prepare my family for the move. This is of the utmost importance to my wife, and it is something I don’t take lightly.
So here’s the confusion. What, exactly, do I do? Until I talked to my tax accountant friend today, I was set on becoming a freelancer permanently. With enough clients, I will be able to make a steady and comfortable income. I’ve been told there is plenty of work out there, and I have taken steps to find it. And a freelance career would be nice, but the thoughts of moving back to Vegas, working for one of my very best friends in a career full of unlimited growth and income, is simply too good to pass up.
Yes, the confusion. I realize this post has been a rambling mess, and for that I apologize. So many thoughts and possibilities are running amok in my brain this evening, and unfortunately, the quality of tonight’s entry has suffered. I thank you for sticking with me this far, and I certainly appreciate any suggestions or insight anyone might have to offer.
With that, I’m going to go rest my brain with a James Bond film. (And the irony of that is the title, You Only Live Twice. Is this a sign that a career change is in my future?)