I’ve made it, thanks to mary, joseph and and the wee donkey… I’ve made it.
The fact that I’m even writing this blog post in some ways seems miraculous given the year we’ve just had and continue to live through. As a freelancer you can definitely handle a bit of the unknown but it has been truly unprecedented (had to get that word in).
I’m incredibly proud to have reached a fourth year of freelancing, it’s the most rewarding and brilliant decision I’ve ever made in my life. I am forever humbled by the people and organisations I get to work with. 2020 felt like a non celebration (thanks covid), I was being grateful in year two and in the first year I busted some freelance myths.
This year I’m going to focus on four things NOT to do as a freelancer.
- Ignore your gut – if your gut is screaming at you that something isn’t quite right. listen to it. Yes. a challenge is good but only if it doesn’t come at the expense of your sanity and wellbeing. It gets easier to do this throughout the years but it’s a really good skill to acquire.
- Bottle it up – like any work, freelance comes with it’s own problems and fuck ups. Don’t be afraid to share your experiences, I did this recently with a negative experience and not only had my freelance friends gone through similar but were a big comfort and support.
- Say no to a coffee or lunch – yum, yum, yum in my tum, tum, tum.
- People please – you’re getting paid directly for your skills and expertise, don’t be afraid to challenge, disagree or say no. You want what’s best for your client and sometimes that isn’t telling them what you think they want to hear.