Happy National Freelancers Day!
I have it on good authority that today is National Freelancers Day from The Professional Association Supporting Freelancers, Contractors and Consultants (PCG).
I must confess I only stumbled upon this resource and in fact this special day at the tail end of last week, but it does sound interesting. The PCG want to celebrate the freelancing community and unlock the potential of this valuable source of skills. Hopefully I can make it to the Brighton event this evening for talks, debate and networking.
As of the 28th of this month I will have been freelancing for a year, and as today is all about the freelancing community I figured I’d do a short post on what I have learned in these past 12 months in case it’s something you are considering. Enjoy!
- The biggest obstacle is taking the plunge and believing you can do it
- The second biggest obstacle is getting enough caffeine
- The third biggest obstacle is realising you don’t like caffeine-based products as much as other freelancers and have to rely on exercise, vegetables and naps to boost your energy levels
- Working from home does not involve watching Jeremy Kyle all day in your pajamas; no one will ever believe you otherwise
- You miss the water cooler chatter, until you discover Twitter
- You will have days where you believe you can take over the world, and you will have days where you’re not even sure if you can get the lid off a jar of jam – and not even good jam
- Being ill sucks when you don’t have sick days to use…and the boss will always try and make you work through it
- “What do you do for a living?” is no longer a question that elicits an answer with the power to comatose
- You appreciate in huge amounts anyone who has shown you support or put a little faith into you
- You start to like marching to the beat of your own drum…even if it makes you dance like your dad
What about any other freelancers out there? I’d love to hear about your own experiences and the things you’ve learned during your time working for yourself!