THIS morning I realised that I have now been freelancing for four whole years.
Four whole years of blood, sweat and freelancing tears! I can hardly believe it! I jest of course about the tears. In all honesty, it’s been rather incredible.
Here are five very good reasons why you definitely should give freelancing a go. When you get your first client and realise how much you love working for yourself, feel free to thank me ;-)
It will change your life
Obvious ey? I’ll give you that. But let me tell you, you have no idea how much it will change your life, and I should add, for the better.
Freelancing will change your life in ways you cannot possibly imagine and not just from a work perspective either. It will bring amazing people into your world, it will deliver all kinds of opportunities to your door, it will make anything (ok, most things) seem possible and it will brighten your entire world. Seriously.
It will change YOU
Freelancing demands boldness, optimism, hard work, a hell of a lot of grit and plenty of determination. It expects much from you and because of this, you can’t help but find yourself delivering.
Working as a freelancer is not for the faint hearted, nor is it easy, but it will strengthen you, force you out of your comfort zone, build your confidence and make you step up to the plate, not just as a worker, but as a human being too.
You can kiss goodbye to routine
If you like consistency and you’re a fan of routine, then well, you might want to give freelancing a miss. But, if like me, you crave change and believe that variety is the spice of life, then you will LOVE it.
Yes, it’s nerve wracking on occasion (when work is slow or only trickling in for example) but it allows you to be creative with your work, take on jobs that are fun or unusual and plan your work around your life.
Ultimately – as you’d expect from the title – it allows you to be ‘free’. And in my mind, you can’t put a price on that.
You get to be in charge
As Julia Roberts’ character said so eloquently in Pretty Woman, “I say who, I say when, I say….who!”
As a freelancer, YOU are the gaffer. The captain of your very own rather lovely ship, which means my friends, that little ol’ YOU is in charge. Of EVERYTHING.
You get to decide how much to charge, how much work you will do, who you will work with, where you work, how you work, what you wear to work, how many hours you work etc etc etc. I could go on, but you get the idea.
Being your own boss is a marvellous thing. Don’t believe me? Try it.
Because it’s brilliant
This in a nutshell is why you should do it. Yes, you can potentially earn a lot more money as a freelancer. Yes, you get to be more creative. Yes, it provides more freedom. Blah,blah, blah.
But really…if you take anything from today’s post, just take this. Freelancing is BRILLIANT.
It is wonderful. It will make you joyous. It will fill up your boots with excitement.
It’s an exhilarating, scary, fulfilling, demanding and sometimes stressful ride but it is a whole lot of fun and makes life (and work) a million times more interesting. Trust me, when I tell you, it is by far one of the best things I’ve ever done and I’ve never regretted it. Nope, not even for a single second.
Convinced yet?! Fantastic! My work is done.
Ok, on a slightly different note, I just wanted to take a moment to say a HUGE thank you to the overwhelming response I am (still!) receiving to Wednesday’s post. (Catch it here if you missed it.) I am genuinely touched and moved and can only hope that by pouring out a few words and sharing them with the world, that some women – who are currently in a living hell – may go on to find some peace and happiness in their futures. Thank you all. You’re a wonderful bunch x
Have an incredible weekend everyone!
With love (and pouts)
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