It’s been quite a while since I wrote and posted a new article. I’ve started a couple but completely run out of time to finish them. So, I’ve made a huge effort to see this one through.
I thought I’d share more insight into the freelancing world – for fellow freelancers to agree or disagree and for those thinking of taking the plunge who want to know more about what it’s like.
Anyway, the reason I have not posted in a while is a positive one. I have just been too busy freelancing. I am working on a few exciting projects, including promoting Health and Wellbeing Live event and creating an actionable marketing plan for Pentascape, a Kent-based web company. Among other things.
Time is the most precious commodity for a freelancer. You either have too much or too little. You are either carrying out non-paying work such as marketing yourself, networking and creating the basis for being able to do work, or spending every waking moment meeting deadlines.
To be honest this was one of the reasons I chose to be a freelancer. I wanted the quiet times to spend more time on life and the busy times to really get stuck in to work and get the satisfaction and motivation of a marketing piece or copywriting job being put into action.
As this is part two (read the secret life of a freelancer (part one) here), here are some new things I have learned.
1. The first really quiet period is very scary – so much so you forget to enjoy it as you think it will never end.
2. All work comes in at once (it’s like people collaborate to ensure this!) and you’ll miss the quiet period. That’s just life.
3. The first year is a huge learning curve where you really get to understand yourself, what you do and your market. Use that to go forward in the second year. This includes your pricing.
4. Remember to continue to market yourself in busy periods otherwise you will be due a really quiet period again soon (this one is the hardest to do – where do you find the time?).
5. Tea and coffee get you through everything (as well as the support of your wonderful family of course).
I’d love to hear from you – if you think I’ve missed something, or you have a question about freelancing (or marketing/copywriting) let me know!