Diane Hall - The Frazzled Freelancer

Freelancer, Entrepreneur and mother of two...

Freelancing is good for my soul!

We all need a support network, if only for when things don’t go quite as planned….

I hope you all had a brilliant Easter break, and enjoyed the rest, recuperation and the re-focus often needed when working as a freelancer.

Look what I picked up….

With all the extra Bank Holidays and a good run of work flooding in, my juggling skills would not have been out of place in a circus.  Whether the stress of this situation got to me, (or whether I’d just stood too close to my cousin who’d coughed all her germs on me); I came down with the flu virus.

It floored me, but I’d promised work to clients so that they could take the holidays off too, and I couldn’t let them down.  My voice had gone, my temperature was sky-high yet I was shivering like a leaf in the wind.  My head was banging so much I couldn’t think straight but all that was on my mind was that I couldn’t let my clients down.

Being a freelancer can be very rewarding but preserving your reputation as a reliable provider can sometimes prove difficult.

What I wanted to do: crawl back to bed and sleep for a week

What I did: called my friend who was on her Easter break to help me out

Despite it being her holidays (she works in a school) she spent more than a day whittling through the absolute necessities of my workload.  She then rearranged my non-priority work, giving me the time to take to my bed and recover, and on top of all this, she wouldn’t accept a single penny from me as payment.

You are not alone…

Freelancers work solo for many, many reasons, but the more I think about it, the more I know nobody works on their own.  Childcare providers, spouses, other freelancers, online forums, networking meetings – some, or all of these and more, are extended parts of our freelancing businesses.  Without them we’d struggle to continue or function. 

Employees have little choice who they work with, which often makes for office politics and daily moaning sessions over the morning brew.  Freelancers don’t have to work with anyone they don’t want to – clients included (though once you start dispensing with lots of them, you’re on shaky ground).  Everyone who plays a part in your freelancing career typically has no other ulterior motive than to see you succeed. 

I imagined that I’d be more fulfilled, working for myself, but I expected I’d find this through my work providing a better stimulus than that of my previous career.  However, I wasn’t aware how fulfilling my relationships, connections and work/life balance would be, post-employment.  Freelancing is good for my soul.

As time marches on, I become more and more convinced that I could never go back to working for someone.  I wouldn’t be able to relinquish all I have gained; control, self-reliance, flexibility, portfolio skills, connections, self-worth.

What about you?  Could you ever dip your toe into the pool of employment ever again – or would they have to drag you, kicking and screaming?  I’d love to know your thoughts!

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Written by Editor on May 3, 2011 and filed in Featured, Frazzled Freelancer, Freelancers, Opinion , , , ,

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