Anti 9-to-5 profile: Kristen Fischer

April 11th, 2007

Kristen FischerThe anti 9-to-5er: Kristen Fischer, Manasquan, NJ

My job: I am a copywriter working for myself. I run Recently, I wrote Creatively Self-Employed: How Writers and Artists Deal with Career Ups and Downs. You can learn more at

What makes my gig anti 9-to-5: I work whenever I want to, usually regular business hours. But most of all, I have the freedom to set my own schedule and work on projects that I like.

What I did in my former 9-to-5 life: I worked as a reporter and then tried to decide if I wanted to use my degree in environmental science as a communications consultant for an environmental company.

How I made the anti 9-to-5 leap: Built up some business, then switched to a part-time job while I strengthened my business.

My biggest obstacles: The hardest thing for me was dealing with being alone. I liked being around people and having fun at work, so I now have to make more of an effort to be social.

My tips for other cubicle expats: Learn about business. Especially if you’re doing something creative. Many times people think they just have to be good in their skill and that’s it. But if you want to be self-employed, you also have to be apt in marketing, communications, and accounting, to name a few.

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  • 1. kristen  |  April 19th, 2007 at 10:50 am

    thank you!!!

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