Lessons I’ve learned from freelancing

 

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I recently quit my job to become a freelance blogger and content writer. I just published a post entitled ‘How I feel about quitting my job‘. This is Part II of that post series.

This is what I’ve learned so far on my journey into freelancing.

  1. Putting myself out there is really difficult.
  2. There’s a lot of conflicting advice out there.
  3. It’s easy to get side-tracked but you need to learn the value of letting some “opportunities” pass you by.
  4. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and make impulsive decisions.
  5. You need to consider a plan from all angles and carefully decide how to proceed.
  6. Take time out from your “productivity” to regain your centre and reduce anxiety.
  7. One must develop a public persona that matches with their private core.
  8. One must not compromise themselves for the world, neither must they be afraid to bare their soul.
  9. The insecurity will always come raging back but we must blindly feel our way, one step lit up at a time, and no more.
  10. It’s hard to stray from the beaten path because there is no roadmap, nothing to tell you if you are going the right way. Don’t panic, though, because others have been here before you.
  11. Try not to think about all the precocious success stories who make it barely seem worth trying. There’s a middle ground between that and abject failure – which is moderate competence, and that’s the path we aim to walk.
  12. There will be many failures as we try to learn new things in the world at large, actualising by experiencing and it’s going to hurt. But we must remember that everything is going to be okay.
  13. You have to physically embody your creative dream and not be afraid of how others will judge you.
  14. Try to ignore all the thousands of past opinions weighing down on you and remember that there is no reason why you can’t succeed.
  15. You just need to calm down, look around you, and find a way to make it happen.
  16. Forget everything you think you’ve been told about “the way to do things”.
  17. And sometimes, stop looking.
  18. Integrate all experiences as having some value.
  19. And, if you don’t ask, you don’t get. You need to ask for the working arrangements you want and believe you have a right to fulfilment and satisfaction.
  20. Don’t rush things, be patient, but at the same time commit to deliberate action.

I’ll write more posts on this topic as they come to mind. If there’s something specific you’d like me to cover, email me at catherine@awaywithwords.co. 

You can also check out my women in tech blog, Away with Words

imageCatherine Julianne is a blogger and content writer obsessed with the field of personality systems theory. She also likes tech, visual art, Eastern practices, adventures and being in nature. 

 

Image: Brooke Cagle, Unsplash

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2 thoughts on “Lessons I’ve learned from freelancing”

  1. I have gone through some of your blogs and did go through the recent ones. Well, i fully agree and respect that like a rivulet flowing down the mountain, finds its way across stones and tough terrain. So is the life, the natural flow will always pull ones in that direction and keep reminding us.If we take such decision in peace and solace, we are bound to reach our destination. No sooner one self recognizes with the work that we truly love and enjoy it is no more of work, and it is all play and one can still make a good living out of it as well. It is equally true that for leading a good life we need finance and money, but if the same is there and meeting the needs properly than nothing is better than selfless pursuit of the of ones innermost talent and likes as they have been put in us by birth. More over fears and creepy feeling do sometimes shadow the mind, but,we have to burn the bridge once we have crossed the Rubicon, so that there is no going back, Wishing you all success in the time to come.

    1. Thanks Nikhil! That’s a great way to put it 🙂 I definitely don’t feel like what I’m doing is work, and I feel very honoured that people are willing to pay me for doing something I love… I’m now on a mission to inspire other people to follow their dreams! And it’s definitely about going with the flow of life, and letting go of your ideas about how things “should” be or even how you think they are 🙂 Thank you.

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