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.
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.
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.
Now that I’m in Austin and back to full time freelancing, I guess I’ve been taking advantage of alone time I can get now. My world consists of my bedroom, my office, the mailbox, and the playground down the street. It was so needed after the constant interactions I had to deal with in NYC. I’ve been reveling in it, actually.
But maybe too much.