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Freelancing – The Journey So Far

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I have been blogging on Fashion and Style Police for almost 4 years now. This October will make it exactly 4 years and I have been reflecting on how far I have come, and where I have my eyes on – the top. My blogging journey has been on for a while now but my freelance journey actually started the summer of last year. I stumbled on the freelance path by accident. I have always to work for myself. I feel the only way up to the heights I want to attain is through freelancing or running my own business. But I never had the guts to do it.

Before becoming a mumprenuer, I had a customer service job I hated with a passion. It was just one of those jobs people do for the paycheck, nothing more. I am a complete introvert, so working in an office with noisy colleagues was a big struggle. They did not understand my reserved nature and I didn’t understand why they could not be quiet for 5 minutes. A clash of personalities is a recipe for disaster, and that is how it felt for me then. I was also not enjoying having angry customers screaming at me all day (I wrote a bit about my life before blogging in my book – How to Cash In as a Blogger, so do have a read if you have not done so already.

I always dreamed of running my own business one day. I was never 100% sure of what I would be doing but I knew I was not caught out for the regular 9-5. Having my twins opened my eyes to earning money from home. I realised I could do a lot more with my blog and social media platforms, while caring for them at home.

I also realised I could make the most of my digital marketing background and offer Freelance PR services to businesses in need of it. And that is how I became a PR Girl.

 

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My freelancing journey has been a roller coaster. I have learnt a lot and I am sure I would continue learning. It has not been easy, but it has been so worth it. Life as a freelancer can be hard and lonely some days but I rather have that than my previous job.

If you are thinking of going freelance or setting up your own business from home, here are some of the good things of working for yourself you will need to remember on difficult days –

 

Flexible Working Hours

This is a big one for me. I wanted to raise my kids myself and earn money at the same time. So I needed a very flexible job to pay the bills. Blogging and freelancing are doing just that. I like the fact that I can work from anywhere, anytime. It is the best feeling ever.

 

Creating My Income

The fact that I create my income is a major turn on for me. It feels epic! I find that the harder I work, the luckier I get.

 

Doing What I Love

The best part of it is that I love what I do so it doesn’t feel like work as such.

 

Here are some not so good things of working for yourself –

Chasing Invoices

I hate this part right here but I have been told it s the reality of many businesses. Chasing invoices is not my favourite task. It is more of a chore that needs to be done and I find myself doing it every week. That is why I cherish clients that make my job/life easier by paying invoices quickly.

 

Constantly Worrying

Working for myself means the fate of the business is in my hands. There is no one to blame for the failure of a task, for not meeting a deadline, or for not achieving the desired results. It all balls down to me and that makes me worry sometimes. Constantly worrying about where the next pay check will come from is scary but it keeps me grounded and focused on my goals.

 

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My freelancing journey has been a hell of a ride but I won’t have it any other way. I am a work in progress and I can’t wait to write another update

Do you work for yourself full-time or as a side hustle? How are you finding it?

 

 

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66 responses

  1. I’m so like you! I’m also an introvert, but admittedly miss the working environment, even sitting on a desk, even though my husband likes to remind me by saying “But Dean, you hated it remember?!” I actually had a boss who once called me aside and after praising my work, she said “I do wish though that you’d be more sociable”. After she said that to me, I knew it was time to move on. x

  2. Congrats on your 4 year annivesary. I have been freelance for years now. Fortunately for most of that time I’ve had regular contracts but I do hate chasing invoices. And I totally agree that doing something you love is the best part. Tx

  3. Congratulations on your 4th year anniversary. I really love your blog and I am encouraged when I read your tips. More grease to your elbows. The vouchers will keep on rolling in.

  4. I consider myself a stay at home parent but I do write and free lance each day. I think when the children are all in school I will definitely make it more of a business as there is no other job I would like to do!!

  5. I imagine it must have been hell working in customer services as an introvert. I am an extrovert and super social and I HATED dealing with the general public…people can be so unpleasant! Sounds like you totally made the right decision. I hope one day to go freelance but I am scared of the pressure! Good for you for making the change. Sounds like it’s going great.

  6. I was fortunate enough to give up paid work when our second son was born. He has a number of disabilities and is now home educated too so I think fitting in any more jobs will be impossible right now. Maybe when he is older self employed might work?

  7. Congrats on the 4 years!! Well done!! So amazing that you’re able to do what you love and enjoy mommahood at the same time, lovely. My employment history is way too complex and big to be put into this comment but I will just put it this way – I really want to do everything and anything to get my blog to grow. I love blogging so much ❤
    xox Nadia

  8. Well done on the 4 year anniversary. My blog is 4 this year as well and it’s amazing to look back at how far I’ve come. I would like to go freelance but I earn such a good wage at the moment that it would be too risky to see if I could match or exceed that freelancing x

  9. I am very similar to you – also worked in customer service for too many years to mention and always longed to work quietly at home on my own. I was a freelance writer for several years but just started working part time again outside the home. My ideal job would be to make a living out of my blog – that’s my dream! Good for you for finding yours!

  10. I’m a freelancer too and I love all of the points you do too. I also hate chasing invoices. It gets really frustrating sometimes. I’m so glad you’re making your dream work for you 🙂 xx

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  12. congratulations on 4 years, i really enjoyed your post. I have only just started blogging as a mumpreneur and would love for you to check out my posts. Theres nothing like working for yourself and doing what you love each day xx

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