Facing Freelance Challenges While Staying Optimistic
Freelancing is not for the faint of heart. It takes almost super-human capabilities in self-discipline, project management, self-promotion, and more.
Personally, I think that freelancers do not receive enough credit or praise for our bravery and entrepreneurship. After all, we are supporting ourselves, and sometimes even our families, with nothing but our talents, wits, and tenacity. Unlike full-time writers, we are not merely employed by company-benefactors who provide us with a specific amount of money at a specific day and time every week or so (not to mention benefits).
What’s more, we exist in a culture that rewards the traditional career track, with its ladder-climbing and benefits-consuming masses. Since we are so far afield from those who are employed, our full-time counterparts often treat us like we are less self-employed and more self-unemployed.
This is why we need to support each other. Only other professional freelancers will ever know the reality of our chosen profession. So it’s up to us, the workforce minority, to provide a support network to our brethren, our comrades, our tribe. Ideally, this should include regular congratulations for our self-starter capabilities and independent spirit.
We have a lot to appreciate in ourselves and in each other. After all, we are gainfully working, paying our bills, and supply valuable services to the world at large. Yet, unlike the cubicle dwellers and long commuters, we are living life on our terms. And that, ultimately, is the greatest benefit of all.
On this blog and in my Freelance Writing Secrets Revealed eCourse, I’ll provide words of encouragement for my fellow freelance writers.