When I think of moving to a new community and trying to describe to someone who has not experienced it just how messy this process feels, I picture Alice in Wonderland, but as she falls down the rabbit hole she’s surrounded by lamps, packing paper, stuffed animals, receipts, and all manner of odds and ends. At the bottom she lands on a cold air mattress in the midst of dozens of moving boxes stacked so high she can’t see out.
One of the great things about our family’s move this summer is I didn’t have to change my job. Proofreading is a true Godsend in that I have been able to continue with it no matter when or where we’re traveling.
When I’m on the road and still working, I usually take with me:
- iPad mini
- preference sheets for my most active clients
- earbuds for listening to white noise (I use this mp3 track on my iPad.)
If I think I’m going to be doing transcription work away from home, I will also take:
Nice to have if you have the room to pack it:
- lumbar support/cushion
If you are relocating, be sure to:
- Give your clients a heads-up that you will be moving and any days you will not be available to take work.
- Thank your clients for their understanding during your move in that you may not be quite as responsive to e-mails during the move.
- Share your new address with clients who pay by check. (I just include the new address on all my invoices with asterisks to draw attention to it for the first month or two after the move.)
In my experience, clients have been very understanding when I need some time off, and usually I can work before or after the days off and still fulfill all the necessary jobs for them.
Is there anything else you pack when you’re on the road, for proofreading or transcription?