I love to pay the kindness I have received forward by helping out new freelancers. But the hard part is ruining their idea of what freelance life actually is.
“Well, a job isn’t stable, either. Freelancing is much more stable than working for someone else.” I hate when people say that. Let me tell you why.
I love a new year. It’s all about clean slates and possibilities. Anything could happen. This could be the year everything changes and gets a million percent better. It could be the year everything clicks. It could be the first day of the rest of your life. I truly believe that it’s possible to just get better and better every year. . . even if it’s just in teeny tiny increments.
As I look back on my years of freelancing, I’m super proud of what I’ve done and how far I’ve come. I’ve also noticed some patterns and missteps I wished I had avoided. There have been times I could have made some really big moves. . . if only I would have had the foresight to get the hell out of my own way.
When you write anywhere for a good length of time, you often have things you wish you could change. The nice thing about having a WordPress blog instead of a handwritten diary is that I can change these posts at any time. I won’t, though. I meant them when I wrote them and I’ll let them stand. But I would like to point out a few I don’t necessarily agree with anymore.
Sometimes freelancers come in packs. We blog together. We cowork together. We commiserate together. We even form unions together. We’re a community. And then sometimes one of us breaks away from the pack.
So often we freelancers forget that the project means a lot more to the client than it does to us. That’s because it’s their baby. They created–gave birth–to it. They nurtured it and put in the hard work to get it where it is today. And then they realized they could only do so much for it and handed it over to us to give it a push to get it to the next level.
You don’t know me. Well, maybe you do. But the way you know me is because your previous client asked you to email me some files because they are my new client. So when I got your email with unusable files and the snarky message, I was a little surprised. I mean, it seems like you’re angry at me for some reason. Again, we’ve never interacted before this. You had a lot to say about the client. You had a lot to say about me. And now I have a few things to say.
So remember when I said that I needed to find reasons to brush my teeth and leave my home office more often? Well, I wasn’t just writing that so I could tell you about a three year old’s bad breath. I was serious about getting out and about. I started with a lecture with CreativeMornings Austin.