Welp, I finally made the leap from my cushy, cliff-top perch that was part-time employment, into the roiling, ebbing, and flowing sea of freelance writing work. (In related news, I heart flowery language.)
Last week I gave my notice to XPO Logistics that I would be leaving in mid-February for greener yet more uncertain pastures. My manager of just a few months took it well, congratulating me and asking for feedback on what could make XPO a better place to work.
Honestly, there wasn't much that XPO could have done to make me stay. Sure, its culture has gone downhill a bit since being acquired (Con-way was bought by XPO in 2015). But I work from home, so I have been largely unaffected by that. They have also made some policy changes that I am not thrilled with, but again, those alone didn't make me leave.
The real reasons I left are:
- Boredom -- I needed a change from the corporate life of status reports and Sharepoint sites.
- Lack of flexibility -- I would like to be able to take a couple hours off occasionally to take my kids to the doctor or volunteer at school.
- Passion -- This is the main reason I left. I have always loved to write, and I am discovering that everyone needs a writer, whether it be for marketing copy or long-form articles. Businesses are willing to pay for good writing. Passion meets income: voila!
That said, my decision to leave was not an easy one. I truly loved working with the folks on my team. They are all so talented and professional, and most important, fun. Since I started working from Con-way in 2006, I have made some lifelong friendships. I will definitely miss the people.
So, what's on tap for me after I leave? I will start working for Les Schwab as a part-time, flexible contract instructional designer. I have been working for them for months, evenings and weekends, and have really enjoyed it. The team has been so welcoming, and I am learning a TON about tires. Bonus!
I will also be writing marketing copy for a couple software companies based in Portland and San Francisco. These jobs will be hit-or-miss, but will be more writing-focused, which is what I am looking forward to.
I am always open to more writing opportunities, so if you have any leads, please send them my way!