Freelance // Two Months
I’ve been officially freelancing for two months now and so far I haven’t sunk the ship! I actually surprised myself with the number of clients I was able to book and the number of templates I was able to sell this month. It’s a wonder what we can do when someone isn’t watching and critiquing our every move.
I am not and will never be a morning person, so I generally wake up around 11, work until 5, running errands/make dinner/hang out with the Piglet, and then either keep working until midnight or go out with friends. I know I do my best work in the middle of the afternoon and between 8 and midnight, so instead of trying to force myself into some sort of schedule I just work when I’m on a roll.
When I was chained to the cube (and teaching and performing) I was able to book one or two clients a week depending on my rehearsal schedule. Now I’m set at three and it seems to be just the right amount to pay the bills and have a little leftover for my savings account and the occasional shopping spree.
I now have this obsession with growing my business while also cutting my expenses. Mandy and I found a market in the local Middle Eastern neighborhood that has “Wild Wednesdays” and I bought a buttload of produce for eight bucks. My car has been spending a lot more time parked in my driveway too – I got gas two weeks ago and still have half a tank!
But of course it’s not all bunnies and unicorns. Some days I don’t leave the house or talk to any one but the dog, which can be a bummer on occasion. And since I’m now the boss, I get to chase down non-paying clients and be on call for tech support.
I’ve learned that freelancing is best for those who are uber-motivated and self starters. You have to be excited at the prospect of all the things you can do and not worry about how much there is to get done or how you’re going to keep yourself on track. I’m trilled to know that every day the projects I work on, what I design and how much money I make is all in my hands. It gives me this strange, giddy power trip feeling. I’ve set my self up with a big enough cushion and enough experience under my belt that my only concern currently is what time Nicole will get out of work so we can go get ice cream.
Mandy wrote a great post about working from home. I whole-heartedly agree on the no alarm, no bra rules :)07.17.12 in freelance, work