I’VE ALWAYS DREAMT OF WORKING FOR MYSELF & PAINTING MYSELF INTO ‘THE PERFECT, WORKING FROM A COFFEE SHOP ON A RAINY DAY PICTURE.’
October this year marked a year of being a freelancing, full time blogger and creative. A year full of incredible highs, some lows and a lot of uncertainty. The other day I did a little jokey tweet all about the sometimes unpredictable income that comes with a freelance life. I love how so many people felt like they could relate when I further posted it on my insta stories, so with that, I decided to pop together a little something all about my first year as a freelancer and what I’ve learnt along the way. Whatever your job, whether your part time freelance or have a wide business, I’m really hoping these little words help you at some point!
I’ve always dreamt of working for myself and painting myself into the perfect, cliche scenario of working from my shiny laptop, surrounded by notebooks in a coffee shop on a romantically rainy day (this does happen btw 😉 ) However, there are also some aspects of being a freelancers that aren’t so romantic. (See my blog post all about the pro’s and con’s of being a blogger!) Here’s hoping this makes you laugh, smile, relate and feel inspired and hopefully perhaps learn form my mishaps along the way.
DON’T ALLOW ANYONE YOU DON’T TRUST TO PLAY A PART IN YOUR BUSINESS
This goes without saying really, but you’ll be surprised how easy it is to let others in that you wish you hadn’t. I won’t get into the nitty, gritty here – this one is for a wine fuelled evening with my gals over a chick flick (love a good, cliche scenario don’t I.) Your business – wether you’re a writer, a photographer, cake maker or dog walker – is your passion and livelihood and it’s a scary thought of it being out of your hands and into someone else. I’m a control freak and have grown my blog and career from a little corner in my bedroom and I’ll be damned it let anyone ruin that for me. Some experiences in life have to be endured in order to learn a lesson from them. Keep your cards close to your heart and don’t feel like you have to say yes to everything. Admittedly, I’ve had some crap experiences amongst the good, but I would never have known what I should and should not tolerate had I not gone through that. Take it from me, be cautious and trust your instincts, they’re pretty much always bang on.
KNOW YOUR WORTH AND LEARN TO BE SAVVY
I‘ll admit – I can be a total walkover and tend to shy away from speaking up when something bothers me. More often than not, I’d rather avoid difficult situations by staying quiet – however enough is enough sometimes, even for the calmest of people and sometime you just need to bite the bullet and speak up. Unfortunately I’ve learnt this through experience – you do not have to accept other peoples crap and if you think you’re being taken advantage of – speak up. If your gut tells yousomathing’s off, it’s probably because it is so follow through with your questions and make sure you feel 100% about something.
Chase up payments, do your research, learn the legalities of things and always read through contracts (a second eye also helps too!) Know your worth, don’t settle for anything less, except if you feel comfortable with it and don’t bend over backwards for those who don’t deserve it. Remember warning signs from bad experience and value those who are a dream to work with! Be Pro-active and get out there and make stuff happen! I’ve been more pro active towards the end of my first year working and I’m reaping the reward and it feels uh-mazing!
MY FREELANCE LIFE HAS 2 VARIABLES: BEING ABLE TO AFFORD A CHANEL HANDBAG OR NOT BEING ABLE TO AFFORD A SANDWICH
Like I mentioned, this post was brought on by one of my recent tweets – see above! One day you’re hit with a life changing project and the next someone is trying to entice you into working for free with a pack of seasoned chicken fillets. (yes, this actually happened. I’m a vegetarian) Not everyone has the same budget and I’d never expect that – the problem though, lies within the torment of one day someone totally valuing your worth and the next completely taking advantage. It’s also a little painful to assume contributing chicken fillets might somehow pay rent or amount to a mortgage deposit.
Being a freelancer, for me, has meant my flow of work can be uncertain, sometimes I have no idea if I’ll be, paid for 2 weeks or 2 months. Financially it’s taught me to grow up, check my bank regularly (and begrudgingly) to calculate my cash flow and to grow a pair and chase people up. These people are probably guaranteed a pay cheque at the end of the month so why do I have to wait months for mine? One month you could be rolling in it and the next all the late payments have caught up with you – I’ve got to admit it definitely keeps me on my toes (and I’d secretly wouldn’t have it any other way)Be nice, work hard, know when to put your foot down and reach out to others and introduce yourself!
SHOP THE LOOK
I hope you found this post interesting beauts – I’d love to know your thoughts or if you’re freelance, how you have found the experience! There are for sure pro’s and con’s, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
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Photography by Ben Kapur