I’ve got to agree with Elliott Jay Stocks here, freelancing shouldn’t automatically mean lots of work. When I hear of other freelancers working silly hours, I always think, why?
Since becoming freelance full-time, I’ve probably worked about the same amount of time as I did before. I suppose I’m writing and chasing invoices as well as finding time to market myself but in the grand scheme of things I’ve not seen a tremendous increase in the number of hours I’m putting in.
Making those connections
Reading the comments on Elliot’s post, you’d think freelancing was the hardest thing in the world to do and he’s only making a success of it because of his high profile. The truth is that, Stocks’ high profile and freelance success undoubtedly owe more to his strength of character than a string of good luck and coincidences.
However, making good connections in the industry, is certainly the way to go if you wish to stay employed, but until you actually start freelancing, getting out there and meeting people – those connections will only trickle through slowly.
Talking yourself out of it
People will always find enough reasons not to go freelance:
- I won’t be able to find the work
- I’m not good enough
- I don’t have the connections
Those concerns are all valid and I’ve felt them too but there comes a time when you have to take the plunge. I decided to make the switch after getting my first on-site freelancing gig and realising that there wasn’t a magical trick involved – I met the agency convinced them I could do the job, then a week later I turned up and did a job I knew I was good at. Once I had that confidence, it was easy to start marketing to other agencies that I was a freelancer and was available for hire. It’s not easy but it certainly isn’t hard either.
Are you a freelancer? What made you decide to take the plunge and how have you found it?