One of the most common questions (or comments for that matter) I get about my job as a freelance lifestyle writer and blogger is – what the heck does that job title even mean?! I totally understand why it is a topic of discussion – I mean, I have a career that involves a lot of internet time, a lot of social media interaction – and a lot of being a bit of a trend-hunter. Sounds fun, right? To tell you the truth, there is no way I could have ever predicted that I’d be doing a job like this, even five years ago. I feel really lucky to be doing what I do for a living – it allows me to be at home with my newborn son, I have the freedom to express my creativity – and one of the best parts? I get to work and meet and feature some of the most talented, creative and intelligent people on the planet.
I’ve partnered with HP x360 #BendTheRules + Meghan Trainor “That Bass Tour” to share my personal take on The 4 Modes of Freelance Life. Meghan Trainor’s tour just kicked off this month and it is looking amazing so far. I love her great energy and how she has such a creative vision behind her videos – and now her “That Bass Tour”. I’m following her Behind the Scenes videos throughout her whole tour here.
Inspired by the 4 modes of the HP x360, I’m sharing how as a freelancer I like to #BendTheRules. One of the most important things about working for yourself in any sort of creative field is to maintain a very flexible attitude – just like the extremely flexible HP x360!
Mode 1: Research | Stand Mode
I spend a lot of my days brainstorming and researching new topics to write about. I’m constantly looking for the ‘next big thing’ as a columnist for a local magazine so setting up my computer in the stand mode makes it easy for me to swipe and swish around the web with ease. With the keyboard neatly tucked away, I have room for taking notes and looking through reference materials while I work.
Mode 2: Trend Hunting | Tablet Mode
Something that a lot of writers and bloggers often forget to do is READ! It is so important to read other blogs, publications and newspapers everyday to keep your mind fresh with ideas and language. I know a lot of writers often get scared of being too influenced by other writers but personally I feel that keeping informed in the daily news is much more important. One tip, I’d like to add is to follow your favourite writers on Twitter – even if you don’t have time to hit up your favourite news sites or blog rolls everyday, you can take a few minutes out of your day to swipe through your Twitter feed and read what they have to say.
Mode 3: Execution (aka WRITE! WRITE! WRITE!) | Laptop Mode
Ah yes, getting down to brass tacks. Writing is obviously the most important part of my work day. I do all of my writing and editing on the computer, though I do keep a notebook on hand in case I need to jot down some quick ideas. I love the flexibility of a laptop because I am often on the go, even more now with my little baby boy. One of the things I like most about the HP x360 is the fact that I can switch between touch screen and keyboard seamlessly.
Mode 4: Inspiration/Procrastination | Tent Mode
Ah yes, the part that totally applies to the whole ‘freelancers live in their pajamas’ notion. It is slightly true – but it is all in the name of work. Some days I work until the early early morning but I will take off the afternoon the next day to take some online webinars or watch some videos. Sometimes just watching new movies and documentaries gets me inspired to take on some new work or send out some pitches. The tent mode of the HP x360 is perfect for hands-free entertainment as you multi-task on other projects or you know #BendTheRules a bit by staying in bed until noon!
You can see more about the HP x360 and the 4 modes here, as well as check out all of the goods from HP + Meghan Trainor’s “That Bass Tour”. There are some pretty cool episodes from the fan-generated documentary made using the HP x360 convertible PC.
This post is in partnership with HP. Make sure to stay in the know on the Meghan Trainor tour by checking out Behind The Scenes episodes or following HP for updates. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that keep this blog on the go!