I’m sitting down to write this morning. It’s a luxury I haven’t had the time to give myself as of late. I’ve been 100% hustle over these summer months that it actually feels like I haven’t had much of a traditional “summer” with long beach days, sunburns and salty skin. In fact, living at the coast, the sun hasn’t come out much this summer anyway so this made it really easy for me to stay focused on work and not feel tempted to play hookie. Do people still say that?
So as I write, I am listening to a really great series of videos from Creative Mornings called 12 Talks for Freelancers and it is awesome. The freelance game is not for the faint of heart and there are many ups n downs, but when you stay in it long enough and make small tweaks towards improving your processes, client communication, contracts, etc etc, it can be incredibly empowering and rewarding.
I’ve had a year of great shifts in my freelance career this year and it’s all thanks to reading a lot about how other freelancers run their businesses, pricing tips, leveraging contracts and speaking up for my worth.
I think it also comes down to a few other important factors:
-Knowing the kind of lifestyle I want
-Knowing how much I want to make per year
-Knowing what I really need as a parent and creative professional and that is FLEXIBILITY.
We move a lot and never really know how long we are going to be somewhere (the nature of my husband’s work) and we travel a lot. So flexibility is a major consideration whenever I take on new clients.
But all of these realizations that helped me shape my freelance career took a lot of self-reflection, brainstorming and then actually speaking up for it.
So if you are a freelancer, I hope you take the time to think about such things so that your freelance career can be more enjoyable and less frustrating.
More to come!