Going freelance was something I had been wanting to do for so long but I could never quite pluck up the courage to go for it until a few months ago. There seems to be some misconception that freelancing is a dream and just means you sitting around the house in your pyjamas all day loving life, but it is actually quite challenging and pushes you to go far beyond your comfort zone.
I thought I would share with you what I’ve learnt in my first 3 months freelancing in case you want to go freelance, you’re a fellow freelancer or you just want an insight on how I’m getting on with my journey right now.
It is far from easy
As I mentioned above, freelancing definitely isn’t the easy road in the working world but that’s not to say that it isn’t enjoyable. Obviously being your own boss you have to do everything yourself, you have to believe in yourself and your service, you have to be looking for new jobs regularly, you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone and you have the juggle everything because no one else is going to do it for you.
It’s not always easy to be completely on your game everything single day but I’m learning that this is normal and completely ok too. I quite like pushing myself beyond my comfort zone as it’s really helping me to grow but because I’m the one in control I get to decide how and when I give myself a push which has benefited my mental health.
I like to be flexible
One of the perks of freelancing is having flexibility which is really important to me especially when I have mental health issues. I like to have the option of deciding what I’m doing when I’m doing it, what I’m taking on and how flexible I want to be. It also means I can make time to look after me properly without the strain of a strict schedule like a regular 9 to 5 would for example.
It’s really important to me that I make time to look after myself and schedule in things that I enjoy doing aside from work. It’s essential for my wellbeing that I have that time to do those things otherwise my productivity and work performance is then affected which isn’t good for anyone.
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The rewards make it all worth it
On bad days when I feel exhausted and have imposter syndrome sitting on my shoulders, the rewards that I get from freelancing soon outweigh the negative feelings that can come up. I love being able to make a difference to small businesses and be a part of their journey. It’s so satisfying being able to help out and try to benefit their growth. I love doing it more than I ever thought I would!
I also love the feeling of togetherness I get from working with small businesses which is another thing I never thought would happen because being a freelancer obviously means you work by yourself, but essentially you’re still having that human interaction and building relationships without physically being there.
I am capable
For as long as I can remember I have never felt good enough for anything or anyone which I know is some deep routed issue inside of me, but being a freelancer means you have to truly believe in yourself and what you’re capable of which if you struggle with confidence and feeling good enough can be a struggle.
But in the past three months, I have definitely learnt that I am capable and I can feel my confidence slowly growing. I know that I have some confidence in there otherwise I wouldn’t have begun this journey or even put myself out there, but I am so grateful that freelancing has helped me to grow my confidence in ways that I never knew it could.
Rejection is ok
When I first started looking for clients and jobs I took rejection hard at first because I wasn’t used to putting myself out there and being rejected for things in a good few years as I was out of education and work for nearly four years because of my mental health.
So getting rejected at first was a little bit of a blow because it took a lot of confidence and courage to apply for things in the first place let alone being rejected. Of course, I already knew I wouldn’t get every job I applied for because that just isn’t realistic, but I have got used to rejection now and I understand that it is completely ok to be rejected.
It doesn’t reflect your self worth or what you’re capable of at all.
Not every position, job or company is going to be fit for me and I’m ok with this. I also know that not every freelance job continues on forever and this is normal as well. It just means I get the opportunity to work with more amazing businesses and can continue to build up that belief in myself the further I go through this journey.
Have you ever thought about freelancing?