As a freelancer, work can take time coming in. You need to
prove yourself over and over to prospects. On top of that, accolades can be few
and far between.
This life can lead to a crisis in confidence and imposter
syndrome moments. As someone recently posted in a freelance Facebook group:
A freelance designer I know was lamenting the loss of her
‘bread and butter’ client. “That’s my mortgage money,” she said, clearly
surprised by this turn of events.
Anyone who’s ever been to a networking event knows that most
of the responses to “and what do you do?” wind up sounding a lot like: “I do
statistical analysis and data reconfiguration for other companies.” Huh?
If you’re a fan of the TV show Friends, you may recognize
that as Chandler Bing’s job description. You may also remember
that no one could remember what Chandler Bing’s job was. No wonder.
I recently met a couple of freelancers at an event at my
co-working space. Both of them are among the fortunate – solopreneurs in
interesting fields who make a good living. Instead of seeming happy and
satisfied, however, they were stressed.
I recently went out with a friend in another industry who regularly hires consultants as part of her work. She told me that she no longer sees a mutual friend of ours who is also a consultant. Why? Because each time they spent time together, he would “pitch” her.
I recently attended an industry event and saw a man ask a freelancer how her business was going. She responded with “Okay, but it could be better…” in a tone that suggested that “okay” meant “pretty bleak”.
I spent most of 2018 with my mind in a thick fog. The sudden
death of a family member left me feeling shocked, depressed and struggling to
I have an industry friend who is forever running off to client or prospect meetings at times that are terribly inconvenient for her. One time she ran an event until 11:00pm and then had to leave at 6:00am for a client breakfast. Another time, she was cutting a vacation short to fly out the next morning for an out-of-town meeting.
These days, we all seem to glorify the “hustle”. If you’re not working at least 12 hours a day, what are you doing with your life?
A few years ago, I was working full-out and putting in time on evenings and weekends.
I recently had one of the worst and best vendor experiences of my career. Let me explain.
I hired a company to help me complete an important project task. My contact was friendly and engaged, but a number of things went wrong throughout the course of the project.