Pursuing a freelance career can be an excellent way to earn money while working flexibly. You could spend time as a digital nomad, working while you travel the world. Many parents work as freelancers from home while their children are young, reducing the need for expensive childcare. Some people even work as freelancers around other jobs, to earn extra income. It can be a great way to earn doing something that you love and feel passionate about.
A freelance career has many positives, and can be a great way to work for yourself, achieve a great work-life balance, and make money while improving your skills and talents. But, it’s not all good.
Freelancing can be lonely for one thing. Many freelancers, especially those who have previously worked in busy atmospheres, or with constant customer interaction find that they become isolated and even suffer from mental health issues.
It can also be hard to build your business. More so if you are a new freelancer. There’s a vast difference between making a little side income taking on the odd freelance job, and working as a full-time freelancer that needs to earn a full-time income. Without a contract, there’s no guarantee of regular employment or earning. Without boosting your business and finding ways to gain regular work, and long-term clients, you can feel as though you are always looking for work. It can be frightening, more so if you’ve got a family to support and a mortgage to pay. You can feel as though you are letting people down, or failing to provide. Always jumping from one freelance gig to the next, desperately hoping to find work without a big gap between jobs can be demoralising, and you might find that there are times when you consider giving it all up.
Instead of throwing away what could be an enjoyable and profitable way to work, let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can boost your freelance career when you feel stuck.
Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on April 30, 2019.