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Beth Avant

Freelance Director at a PR Agency

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Beth Avant is a freelancer with a PR agency in San Diego, where she lives with her husband and three year-old son. Beth transitioned from working full time in PR to working on a more flexible schedule and then to eventually working as a freelancer. In this interview she shares some great perspectives for how to organize your life if you are freelancing, how to deal with feeling overwhelmed at work, and why she sometimes has a hard time relating to other working moms.

 

Can you tell us a little bit about your job?

Before I had my son I worked in high tech PR. It wasn’t originally part of my career path but I transitioned into it. At the time I was working for a PR firm called Burson-Marsteller, in their San Diego office. It was dedicated to one client and we knew we were all going to get laid off after the assignment for this account was over. So I started interviewing and got a job as a project manager assistant for a technology company. I was working there when I got pregnant.

After having my son, I joined a non-profit agency. It was a new job for me and it was a challenge, especially with having a young son at home. I was there until last September. company was going through some major changes which made work difficult and having my son at home made my decision to leave even easier!

I took some time off to figure out what I wanted to do. I thought about staying at home full time but after I did it for a while, I realized that it just wasn’t for me. So I started freelancing and now I’m an account director at a PR agency. I help them think through how to fulfill their vision and be different from traditional agencies and I also work with their accounts. I work two days a week, Tuesday and Thursday, when my son is at school. I also do some work at night.

Can you briefly describe your usual day?

On the days when I don’t work, I wake up between 6:15 and 7am. When my son is home I need to keep busy. I found the transition from the corporate America to be hard. We have very structured environment. We have play dates, lessons, every minute is scheduled. We run errands together, go to the park, have various lessons in the morning. We usually have dinner between 5:30 and 6pm. At 7:30pm my son goes to bed. My husband and I are both bloggers. So after our son is in bed, we do some writing and try to relax.

4 comments so far...

  • Love your page Beth! Working full time and being a mom, keeping the house clean and paying the bills can all be so overwhelming. Did I mention work-out too? Sometimes I just want to collapse, and then I get so short tempered because all I want to do is play with my 6 yr old daughter. BUt overall I am so lucky to have a job, and to do what I love to do which is selling Real Estate. I realize as soon as I make an issue about somethingn then it has become an issue. I am learning to rise above and find solutions. Juggle away, but try to capture the moment and stop to smell the flowers. Love your blog sight! Charge!!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by mamasita on 19th August 2010

  • it's so good to hear how others do it day to day! thanks!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Tiff on 1st May 2007

  • Great answers Beth!! You are juggling so well, I'm proud of you.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by akalterego on 30th April 2007

  • I really like your advice about talking to your boss if feeling overwhelmed. I work in a completely male dominated industry and don't think my boss would ever be sympathetic to how I feel as a mom, but what you wrote really made me think that perhaps even he could surprise me...

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Nataly on 30th April 2007

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