I’ve been freelancing now for three months, and so much has happened in that time, the main thing being my anxiety has been so much better than this time last year. I can’t quite believe I’ve gone from needing to take daily medication to get through my working hours to spending my day doing what I love, sometimes outside, meeting new people, developing my photography skills so much, and writing for a living. I feel very, very lucky. I’ve set up two new businesses, picked up some little sidelines to earn extra cash, and get to set my own hours. But, things aren’t all sunshine and lollipops in freelancer world…
Not knowing where my next job is coming from is making me tear my hair out!
I’m a photographer, and do shoots with clients. Most of these are booked at quite short notice-which is fine by me, if I’m free I can shoot-but it means I can spend the first week of a month thinking I have absolutely no work booked in and starting to search down the back of the sofa for some spare change. Then I get a DM on twitter from an ongoing client asking to shoot, two sponsored post e-mails pop into my inbox and a survey with a big payout comes up on a site I use. Then the pressure starts to ease. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to plan something in advance, and this is becoming more frequent since I started being honest with PRs about my need for work-November’s week one wage is covered so far, and that’s so nice to know.
Photo Credit: Claire Nolan Photography
I’ve got myself into a position where, as well as doing my day to day work, I’m planning for the future-with advertising for January planned-and I’m doing behind the scenes work to improve old content too. I really am working strategically to make things better. I’m feeling great.
What has you pulling your hair out (in the metaphorical sense)?