Freelance Life: What I've Learned So Far
If you follow me on IG (@javi_osei) you know that I recently took the leap into freelance writing full-time, and so far, I am loving it. Chucking corporate America those deuces never felt so good, but it also made me realize that I had a steep learning curve that I needed to overcome, QUICKLY!
Here are a few things I’ve learned during my transition,. Some of which is applicable for anyone on a quest to live their best life and fulfill their heart’s desires:
I’ve gotten crystal clear on exactly what my goals are and I’m always trying to figure out how I can be even more specific. This helps to map out what I need to do to accomplish what I want, and then, distill that down to specific tasks that I should be doing daily to make this happen. For example, one of my writing goals is to publish a novel, so I’ve had to make writing for that book a daily practice, no matter what. It’s hard, but clearly it’s not going to write itself and if this is really something I want to accomplish, I just have to do it!
I spend entirely too much time in my phone. I’ll be posting on an experiment I’m doing some time next week. In the meantime, I challenge you to check your screen time levels..a phone addiction, has a tv addiction beat. Hands down!
I’m the most economical I’ve ever been in my life.. not getting a consistent check weekly or bi-weekly changes the landscape on your hustle.
To that point, I’m fortunate to have my husband holding things down financially, but truth be told, I’ve worked since I was 16 and being that this isn’t the 50s, I’m more determined than ever to find financial success with my new role.
To supplement writing, I’ve gone back to modeling and I’m loving it. I honestly have a different approach to it, than when I was younger. I used to be majorly insecure and scared of rejection and now, I just roll in like ‘you betta love me or leave me alone’. Just joking, but mindset is everything. Recently, I was booked to work on background and my job was first rescheduled, and then, cancelled. I was literally in the fitting for something else when I found out, but I was ok with it. Within the hour, I was booked for something else. “One door closes....”
I’m learning not to be so hard on myself. Seriously, I love to make to-do lists, but I also love to beat myself up for not checking things off. The reality is that I am a mother to a 4 year old who needs my attention, a wife, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. I’m not in a position to run off to the woods and work on a life defining masterpiece, so I’ve learned to be kind and loving to myself. Everything in its due time. I give myself props for what I do accomplish, and say tomorrow is another day, God willing, for the rest.
However, to that point, there are only 24 hours in the day. I’ve learned to be incredibly selective about my time. I just can’t do everything and when trying, something will always suffer. Currently, it’s the people I care about most and writing, first. Everything and everyone else has to get in where they fit in.
You know I’m fortunate I haven’t experienced any guilt trips from people about this, but in discussing that point, other people have told me people get annoyed and upset with them...I’m not even going to mince words when I share, show those people the door! Honestly, if you have people that don’t understand priorities and/or don’t support you doing what you need to do to support your dreams, you should haven't a place for them in your life. NEXT CALLER!
Pitching ain’t easy. As an employee, you tend to let the work come to you. As a freelance writer, I have to seek out the work and sell myself as the best person for the gig. I also have to create and sell my own ideas. This takes practice, but it also takes a real understanding that my fate is truly in my own hands. How much or how little I work is completely up to me. Daunting, but also empowering.
Input and energy is paramount. I devour everything writing related. I seek to connect with positive people. Both of which make a tremendous difference in output level and my mindset. Seek out every single thing related to your field of interest, and make sure you purposely consume success stories to build your confidence and embed in your subconscious that this is something absolutely within your reach.
I hope you found something helpful here and please do share with me your own professional insights. Sharing is caring!