Yes, currently I am unemployed – because I work on contract, and as it is a quiet period, they have had their own employees doing the work that I would normally do. So what do I do? I work as a Fire Alarm Tester – which entails testing fire alarm systems to ensure that they work correctly. I have to test call points (the red boxes on the walls), smoke and heat detectors and the alarm bells to make sure that everything works well.
But I have just set up a business proofreading. I love proofreading – it gives the opportunity to read some exciting stories, and I haven’t been disappointed yet. But it is hard setting up a business and drumming up work. I’m not that great at marketing and pushing myself or my books onto other people, but I can show people that I do a good enough job – just read the testimonials that I have on my site – www.flyingkiwiservices.biz and check out what authors have to say.
At the moment, because my husband and I have separated, I get a benefit from the government. It doesn’t pay anywhere near enough – to try and dissuade people from staying on the benefit, but it pays the bills and puts food on the table. That is all I want to do, pay bills and put food on my table, but through proofreading. Prices are on the website so go and check it out.