Well, it’s regarding my freelancing.
I’ve been doing translations (part-time) since 2002 and from then onwards was given some opportunities to also come up with copies for publications and adverts. I have my cousin, Fida, to thank as she was the one who initially opened up the possibilities for me when she was working in an advertising agency. The big jobs, though, came in thru another ad agency who was working with me on projects when I was working in the financial industry. They thought I could translate better than the translators they were using and offered me an amazing experience.
Things looked good from then on. Well… I wasn’t really aggressive in marketing myself and I only got jobs in once in awhile but they were tremendously helpful especially when I needed the extra cash to buy school books and uniform for the little munchkin. Man… I can clearly remember that one day when I cried to a friend because I didn’t have enough to buy his books and uniform at the end of the year before school starts. 2 days later, fate ran its course and walah… a payment came in and I thought the tears were wasted on nothing ;P
I stopped freelancing when I took up this big job with my former company but I definitely had to thank freelancing for that was when I was discovered by one of the big bosses there and offered me to head and set up a new department in the company. Things were so hectic that I could no longer take up any side jobs. Furthermore, my main intention to freelance was to earn extra cash for a better education for the little munchkin and the ADHD therapy sessions he was getting at Gleneagles Hospital. Once my main income was good, I felt I no longer had to freelance.
I totally forgot how good it can turn out as I’ve been so engrossed in the hustle and bustle of office life for a good 3 years that it scared me so much when we decided that I stay home to tend to my newborn. I was positive in getting small jobs as a start but I didn’t know if I could manage the financial commitments I was so used to. But I guess, when you have your priorities right and you start to focus on what’s important, there’s a lot of ways for you to live your life. It’s a matter of whether you want to or not.
I started calling my trusted old contacts and was glad that they’re glad I’m back to doing what I used to do for them.
Thru the few months of self-employment, things have been looking good and I guess the years of working in the communications line is pretty rewarding as one builds her contacts. I started to obtain new clients from recommendations by friends and family members, and found myself having to update my business profile whenever I get enquiries from potential clients. This made me consider making the business legal and came up with suitable names for the business.
Just before Christmas 2008, I submitted my application to register my business as an enterprise and I’d like to thank the one’s sister (and boyfriend) who dropped by last Monday and helped me finalise the registration. It was truly unintentional as their visit was for other matters. Of course, the person I should also thank is none other than my the one, who was just as excited and helped me complete the process thru the online application on ssm.com.my.
Without them, I didn’t know that business registration can be so simple and cheap (it only costs RM65 for online registration vs. RM400 as mentioned here).
My sis-in-law’s boyfriend had also initiated the search for my business domain and as a return of favour for my services to go thru his company profile, he designed the simplest yet pretty logo for me to further play around with.
I am now a proud owner of Ideas on Words. I came up with that name and thought it was a brilliant work of a copywriter until I googled it up and found something close but not that close in meaning. When I thought of other names and was confident of its originality, I found many other similar names from the search engine. So I guess there never really could be anything original anymore unless one comes up with a new word and meaning, eh ;)
But it came from me and I am proud of this little achievement.
Here’s hoping to a prosperous journey and I’d like to thank the one for being so supportive and patient in taking care of the baby during those nights when I really have to work.
I have forwarded my profile to friends and contacts, and will now start on the website.
This has been a truly exciting progress and I thank you guys who’ve been a part of this success. This is my new baby :D