This was intended to be a vulnerable and painfully honest entry about the highs and lows of freelancing. But, after reading to Ben, he advised that it was a bit too intense, and I might want to keep it to myself. HA! Of course, I couldn’t completely take his advice because authenticity is extremely important to me. I don’t want to be pessimistic or negative, but this is real and I wouldn’t be serving my friends if I didn’t share both the highs AND lows. So, I’m meeting Ben halfway (compromise is HUGE in marriage). Below is the meat of the original post.
Starting with the good news
I have reaped some priceless benefits over the last two years. For example, there have been months when I’ve made double what I made at my highest paying corporate job. Also, it’s kinda hard to complain while having the freedom to travel whenever I want for however long I want (like weeks in Costa Rica, Paris, London, or Mexico). I can work in my pajamas and be available to help a friend in the middle of the day. Also, I am able to ride the rollercoaster of freelancing for 3 reasons: (1) My husband and I have made it a priority to be and stay debt-free. We do things the old-fashioned way, by budgeting for what we need and saving for what we want. (2) No kids. Kids are a MAJOR expense. Plus, not having children allows us to be selfish with our time, and trying to start a business takes a lot of time. (3) My other half supports me. Because we are debt free and have no kids, the sting of “slow months” isn’t as harsh.
Now the not-so-good news
Here are 6 things they don’t tell you about being a freelancer: (1) There are WAY more fish in the sea than you thought, and the freelance industry is only getting bigger. (2) Like many other industries, Americans are competing with international markets who are willing to work for a fraction of the cost. (3) Sometimes it will take months for clients to process payment. (4) There will be times when you’re writing more pitch stories than paid stories. (5) You’ll have to deal with false-hope…potential clients who promise a project that never happens -or- the project will continue to be delayed for weeks or months. (6) You’re going to be alone A LOT! I mean, you’ll have to make it a point to leave your house and see the world, and other humans, in person. lol
Now that I’ve shared all of this, it is important for me to tell whoever is reading this, that it’s all worth it! I believe in my heart of hearts, that God is calling me to do something through my work. If the stories I tell are able to impact the life of even one person – it matters. My work has already opened doors I wouldn’t have predicted, and I have no idea where it will take me, but I do know that everyone who has done anything worthwhile has had to practice perseverance.
Thanks for reading! #journaltherapy