For years, I felt stifled and held back working in the corporate world. I never imagined or dreamed that I could ever work for myself, allowed to create to my hearts content, and earn money doing it. But that’s exactly what I’m doing now!
However, being creative can also mean you want to spend more time creating and less time on the boring ‘stuff’ – you know, paperwork, invoicing, marketing yourself, professional development, etc. At least that’s how it has been for me and I’ve only been freelancing for about 4 months now!
Do I miss the corporate world? No. Do I miss the interaction with others, the structure, the routine? Yes and No. I am a people person so I miss the interaction with others but not the office politics that come into play. Being creative means that I can get lost in my own world and lose track of time so having routine and structure helps, but sitting in a cubicle makes me feel trapped.
So, I have the best of both worlds in being a self-employed freelance writer. I can create at my own speed, and when I get lonely or start feeling like the walls are closing in, pack up my laptop and head down to the local coffee shop to be around people.
But, what I am finding out about being a Creative Self-Employed Person is that I have to deal with the non-creative aspects of this job too. In the article, Ten Essential Business Tips for Creatives, I found some valuable advice that I thought you should have too. It can be daunting to try to tackle all 10 tips at once so I would suggest choosing 2-3 tips that will help you right now and work on those. Then, add one at a time until you’ve mastered all ten!
After reading the article, I would love to get your feedback on what helps you as a creative self-employed person to stay on task, take care of non-creative type issues and still create!
- Creative and Freelance Writers Beat the Winter and Solitary Blues in 7 Easy Steps (savvywritingcareers.wordpress.com)
- 3 cures for freelance writer’s burnout (seocopywriting.com)
- The Essential Freelance Writer’s Toolkit (greatmentor.net)
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