Martin Gillan, Freelance Copywriter, Hamburg
I’ll let you in on my guilty secret. Lockdown life hasn’t really changed my work life all that much.
Since returning to the freelance merry-go-round in 2015 about 90% of my jobs have been remote, so I’ve pretty much been socially distancing for 5 years already. (Some of my ex-colleagues would probably argue I’ve always been socially distant. And that would be a fair point.)
#WFH is the norm for me. Talking to people on a screen is nothing new. The kids invading my office is something I’m used to. I’ve been prepped for pandemics, plagues of locusts and zombie apocalypses for years. The impending New Great Depression™ not so much.
I do really miss cafes. I’ve always been something of a free-range creative and prefer to work amid the hissing and grinding of a busy coffee shop. I’m looking forward to my usual haunts opening back up.
Even at the best of times freelancing can be an unpredictable ride. Covid-19 is obviously making the ride bumpier still. But I’m ready to buckle up, be proactive, and get my hustle on, as I believe the cool kids say.
Business has definitely slowed down. I’ve been lucky that one or two regular clients still have stuff for me to do. Not quite enough work to prevent me acting on a daft idea I had for a 2-metre-long social distancing business card. If I’d been up to my eyeballs in real briefs I maybe wouldn’t be sitting here now surrounded by a load of oversized stationery.