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.
- Putting myself out there is really difficult.
- There’s a lot of conflicting advice out there.
- It’s easy to get side-tracked but you need to learn the value of letting some “opportunities” pass you by.
- It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and make impulsive decisions.
- You need to consider a plan from all angles and carefully decide how to proceed.
- Take time out from your “productivity” to regain your centre and reduce anxiety.
- One must develop a public persona that matches with their private core.
- One must not compromise themselves for the world, neither must they be afraid to bare their soul.
- The insecurity will always come raging back but we must blindly feel our way, one step lit up at a time, and no more.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- You have to physically embody your creative dream and not be afraid of how others will judge you.
- 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.
- You just need to calm down, look around you, and find a way to make it happen.
- Forget everything you think you’ve been told about “the way to do things”.
- And sometimes, stop looking.
- Integrate all experiences as having some value.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also check out my women in tech blog, Away with Words.
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