*Freelancing Has Me Pulling My Hair Out

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.

Joking aside, some people genuinely suffer from hairloss and I’m not comparing my experience to the stress and upset that must cause. Harley Street Clinic provide plenty of information on their hair transplant cost so that people who might benefit from having the the procedure can see if it’s for them.

What has you pulling your hair out (in the metaphorical sense)?

*This post was written in collaboration with The Harley Street Hair Clinic. The topic, and all thoughts and words in this post are my own.

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8 Comments

  1. October 26, 2017 / 9:31 am

    I was wondering what it’s like being a freelancer – briefly toyed with the idea myself but I never had the courage to do it :)))

  2. October 27, 2017 / 11:02 am

    I’ve freelanced for seven years – love it x

  3. October 27, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    I am part time in an office job and part time freelance writer and the fear of weeks without pay is what keeps me in the job I hate.

  4. October 27, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    It’s so lovely to see that you’re enjoying your new adventure and you feel more relaxed about it! I know it’s not easy, beginnings are always hard but with hard work you’ll achieve what you want. Good luck Xx

  5. October 28, 2017 / 7:18 am

    I made the decision to go freelance four years ago and I’ve never looked back. I remember this initial stage well but you will soon get into a routine with it. Good luck!

  6. October 28, 2017 / 7:47 am

    Freelancing is hard! I say that everyone should be either an entrepreneur or a freelancer once in their life to appreciate that work — and pay — are not a given! Well done you!!

  7. October 28, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    It can be so worrying when you freelance and you know you have extra expenses coming up

  8. October 31, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    I’m a freelancer too and not having lots scheduled in for the weeks ahead can be a worry at times! My quiet time is usually March/April with the new financial year however x

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