Diane Hall - The Frazzled Freelancer

Freelancer, Entrepreneur and mother of two...

The 7 symptoms of a true freelancer

Are you a true freelancer?

Test yourself against our 7 symptoms. If you can relate to at least 4 of these, then you are a true freelancer!

Freedom: That feeling of Kate Winslet at the helm of the Titanic, the wind in your hair, the ‘world is my oyster’ optimism. No boss will ever hold you back.  Like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, “I say who, I say where, I say when…”


Smugness: Your friends moan each Sunday that they’re back in their hateful job in the morning.  You smile openly and say, “I may take the day off, or start work about 11…” before facing a sea of distain.


Pride: You’re making your own way in the world; every decision and action is down to you.  You’ve won customers, fulfilled orders, smashed deadlines, learnt new skills – all off your own back.  When you look back at how far you’ve come since you decided to start up on your own, you’ll get a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.  I promise.


Fear: You may find you’re doing something new every single day.  You’re having to leave your comfort zone and tackle new connections, new work, new industries or you won’t progress.  Hiding in the toilet doesn’t work when you’re a freelancer.


Frustration:  You may have experienced this as an employee, but it’s a different kind of frustration. Before, it may have been aimed at a boss or customer, though you’d most probably have forgotten about it on leaving work at 5pm.  However, every problem, grievance, letdown and challenge has to be dealt with and resolved by you – there’s no passing it to a colleague or boss.  And if you go away to escape an issue, it will be waiting for you when you get back.  You may have assumed you’d have complete control over your business, but the universe tends to get in the way.


Urgency:  As an employee, this probably wouldn’t have been something you’d have felt very often, unless it was getting to the last Hob-Nob before a colleague nabbed it.  Now you’ve paying clients relying on you, and your downtime ceases to exist – simply because, the more work you do, the more money you earn.  Still want that Hob-Nob?


Happiness:  Yes, there are bad points to freelancing, as with anything else, but there are so many good points.  You’re not simply ‘existing’ in a job where someone tells you what to do – you’re experiencing everything life can throw at you.  You’re responsible for your own destiny, and that can be a very addictive feeling.  You can develop a great balance between work and your home life and the financial possibilities aren’t capped by your job title.  Life can move slower if this is what you want, or you could decide to embrace every opportunity that comes your way, filling every waking hour with something productive and satisfying.


After all, it’s your freelancing career. It’s all about you. 


So, if you’ve always wanted to work for yourself but you’re forever finding reasons never to start, take Henry Ford’s advice: “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right”.  

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Written by Editor on June 27, 2011 and filed in Featured, Frazzled Freelancer, Freelance Jobs, Freelancers, Opinion

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