What I’ve Learned About Freelancing

What I've Learned About Freelancing

If you’re a freelancer, then you know that it’s a constant struggle.

To be completely honest with you, freelancing is only glamorous if you like the thrill of doing something new every day and being your own boss. In the beginning, it’s a lot of hustle and bustle. Actually, it’s always like that, but the beginning is the hardest part. You’ll find yourself not wanting to go out much because every penny counts and if you’re like me, you want to spend time working on your craft, pitching, and just bossing the hell up.

I’ve officially started freelancing my social media service (without an agency backing me) since August and writing since June. I have to constantly pitch clients and I hear no more often than I’d like to admit, so it can get a bit discouraging and overwhelming. So overwhelming, that I considered picking up another job, which is okay, as long as your priorities and goals don’t suffer. However, I’m realizing the biggest keys for successfully freelancing is passion and balance.

Passion

The moment I stop having fun with it, I’ll be done with it. — Drake, Too Much

If you don’t love whatever it is that you do, it’s going to be hard to keep doing it every day. You won’t feel motivated to do it, you won’t feel satisfied with what you’re doing, and it won’t be fun. Because the truth is freelancing is tough! You don’t always get paid on time, sometimes you spend more than you make, taxes are the devil, work is never consistent, you need a strong network, and you have to be a self-starter.

I’ve been passionate about writing and helping people/businesses for a long time and I know that’s what I meant to do. Years ago, I caught myself trying to quit writing and well look at me, I’m writing this article. I’ve always come back to it and it’s like I can’t stay away. When you don’t mind doing free work, wake up and dream about something, and everything in your life revolves around that thing… babe, you’re are passionate. I had to ask myself what would make me feel the most satisfied in life and it wasn’t making a certain amount of money, it wasn’t having a certain car or house. While I would like those things, what would make me the happiest is fulfilling my dreams and creating the life I want to live.

I just want it to be my lifestyle that I’m making money from. I rather monetize me. — Scottie Beam, BGP

I’m so dedicated that I always find myself in a constant flux of not doing enough. Every moment I expect to do something for my blog or my jobs and if I don’t I notice that I start to beat myself up about it. Which leads me to my next point, balance.

Balance

When I unplug, I end up feeling hella guilty. Why do I feel guilty? I feel guilty because there is always something to do and when I take a break, my mind sometimes leads me to believe that I’m not working hard enough or I don’t want it enough. Then when I do unplug for a few hours or a day, I find myself playing catch-up so I can be in a space that is breathable and not too overwhelming. I realized I’m forcing myself to do instead of be. I should take a step back so I can come back with a better perspective.

They say you need to do something every day for your emotional and mental self, and they ain’t telling no lies! I am so hard on myself, that sometimes it’ll drive me straight into depression. I’ll start to feel unworthy and question if this is my purpose. Although, God has sent me numerous reason why I should do this and I know deep down inside I don’t want to do anything else.

As a freelancer or just someone trying to achieve a goal, you can be so hard on yourself. You devote every moment to your work when in reality you need a balance. Find a balance between exploring, having fun, creating, and working and a balance of being alone and being around people. You need balance so you can get clarity. And although I’m saying you, I also mean me.

As more things tend to pile up on my plate, I find myself revisiting what balance means and how can I rebalance. I was inspired to write this post because I needed this reminder. If you ever feel frustrated on your journey just remember:

  • Your passion will drive you straight to your goals and success.
  • Balance everything. Look back at your week and ask yourself did I feed my emotional, professional, mental, and spiritual self? If not, do it.

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