I’m a big fan of the freelance life. I should be, because I have been freelancing for most of the last 32 years.
I have raised four sons. I am raising a daughter. I have lived in two different countries and, here in Canada, have lived in four different provinces. I have worked on the kinds of projects I choose and enjoy. I can’t be downsized. I can’t be fired. And I love what I do.
What’s not to like about being a freelancer?
Let’s look at 3 ways in which freelancing truly rocks.
As a freelancer, I can focus on what I do best.
This doesn’t often make the top10 list of reasons to become a freelancer, but for me it’s huge.
Over the last couple of decades I have been an employee three times. Each time I lasted about 12 months before becoming a freelancer again. There was nothing wrong with those three companies, but in each case I ended up being asked to do work that was not central to my core skills.
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As freelancers, we have to avoid the “servant” mindset.
Let’s take part in a simple thought experiment…
Imagine we have a mutual friend, called Jane, who wants to start a home-based business…baking cakes.
First she goes to evening school and learns some professional-grade baking skills. Once she feels she has the level of skill she needs, she builds a beautiful website and opens her doors for business.
How do you think Jane will do?
Although we both want her business to thrive, in all honesty she probably won’t have much success. Perhaps she could sell enough cakes to call what she does a hobby, but she almost certainly won’t make a decent living.
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As a freelancer, I often forget that there are valuable books out there in addition to all of the online reading I do. Recently, though, I’ve taken back up the art of reading a book, rather than just blog posts. And I’ve found a world of knowledge I had been sorely missing.
The following list of 15 freelance business books are ones that I would recommend for any freelancer to own. A few are industry specific, but most are ones that freelancers in any field can benefit from, whether you’re a graphic designer, freelance writer, or specialize in another niche.
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In our culture we are under a lot of pressure to be the best. When we sit exams, go to job interviews, have job reviews, come up for promotion…and so on.
We also live in a culture that is obsessed with competition, and seeing who comes out on top.
Who is going to win the Superbowl? Who is the best golfer in the world? Who is the best supermodel? Who has the best garden on your street? Whose kid did best in the school play?
In other words, we are under pressure to be winners. If we are not winners, well, we are losers. And in North American culture, nothing is worse than being a loser.
As a freelancer, you need to distance yourself from this cultural narrative.
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