Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Taking the "free" out of freelancing
Thinking of going freelance? I feel like I should throw my body across you and say, Nooooo.
I have been on my own for 34 yrs—and it ain’t no picnic. It used to be. Now it’s ants all the way.
This is what CareerBuilder likes to call “challenges.”
First you have to self-promote. If you don’t like pecking away day in day out saying how neat you are, this is not for you. (I am very neat, by the way.)
Second, supposedly this is a business. You need to supply everything yourself—insurance, paperclips, computers, etc.
Sure, you have a flexible schedule—7 days a week.
Every freelancer has moments of doubt. We are now in our fourth year of extreme doubt.
You may not be doing “what you love.” You may NEVER be doing what you love. (Although I did a neat interview this morning, so there are exceptions.)
And even then, some idiot may be a slow pay-no pay.
Sound like fun? Aw—where’s your sense of humor? It’s all part of life’s rich tapestry.