60 Days of Freelance: What I’ve Learnt so far

It’s now been just over 60 days since I became a full time freelancer and I love it.

I haven’t quite hit the point yet where I’m climbing the walls needing to talk to someone other than the cat, as I am genuinely enjoying the freedom of working from home.

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During the past two months I’ve done things I would never have had the chance to do when in a full time job. I’ve worked from a beach, been cast for extra work in a film, took part in my Mum’s daytime yoga class and made more time for the things I love.

That said, the freedom does come at a cost as I’m now 100% responsible for bringing in work – gone are the reliable monthly pay checks. However, I’m still basking in the thrill of making it happen; talking to new people and throwing myself right into the deep end.

Along the way I’ve hit a few challenges but have also been given some great advice which I thought I’d share…

1. Network

Yes, it may seem like the most daunting thing ever, especially when you have to pitch your services in front of a room of experienced business people – but it’s so worth it. Networking is really not as scary as it’s made out to be. The people you meet are all eager to hear your story and help in any way they can. I’ve already made some contacts and built relationships with people who can benefit from the services I offer – it really doesn’t do any harm. Eventbrite is a great way to seek out events near you.

2. Get out of the house!

Do it! Don’t think that by staring at your screen full time, all day long means you’re being productive. If you’re not actually doing anything then you’re just wasting time. Get outside – go for a run, visit an art gallery or just go and sit in the garden. Whatever helps give you a clear break and hopefully some inspiration along the way.

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3. Email

Don’t be scared of reaching out to people. When selling your services to businesses, really think about the problems they face and work out how you can help. Putting yourself in the shoes of the person you contact will enable you to see things from their side and help you to position your services in a meaningful way.

4. Time is money

Mincing around the house while you’re working and checking your news feed every 10 minutes is not going to help you to achieve your goals. If you’re going to be productive you have to value your time as you would in a job. When you sit down to work, make sure you’re free of any distractions so you can get your head down without being disturbed. Get into this habit and you’ll find your hours are way more productive.

Have you got any tips? If so I’d love to hear them, let me know below.

 

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