Freelance life

I have a new life – and I love it! I am happier and more relaxed than I can remember. How long have I been worrying and stressed? Since we moved house for the first time? To be honest it was probably before that. I hadn’t even realised how much I was worrying until I stopped. The house moves and the redundancy and the fear of starting my own business had all taken their toll.

But now I’ve settled into a new routine. I get up early as ever and usually blog as I always did, but I can fit in an hour’s work before the kids get up if I need to. Then I take the kids to school and I either go for a run or a walk. This may not seem essential, but it’s essential to me. The fresh air and exercise help me have a clear head to work and to feel good within myself. Some things have to go and have to change, but exercise isn’t one of them.

The first week was all about looking at LinkedIn, People Per Hour and networking events. I booked a couple of events and went to my first one, which I really enjoyed (it was great to have my old best friend from work with me). I joined a Facebook group for local women in business, tweeted a bit and followed some businesses on my work Twitter account. I sent lots of speculative emails to local businesses. But I didn’t do any work. I was getting ready for work.

Then last week the phone rang. I had work. It rang every day last week at about 9.30am. I had two clients and a fair few jobs – enough for me to do a solid three or four hours of work a day. Not bad considering I only left my job at the end of March.

And I LOVE the work. I love the variety, I love the challenge. I like chatting to new people and being able to think outside the box. I like writing in a different way and being able to express opinions, which was a complete no-no in my old job at the council.

I put my head down and I just work. The time passes and I have no idea where it goes. I feel hungry and I realise I’ve worked way past lunchtime. There are no interruptions and it’s like I’m in a daze. A good daze, a productive daze.

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In the first week I wrote a press release, two short articles and a feature article, I wrote a social media pitch on behalf of a client and I edited a website. Apart from the press release, it was all new, but it all came easily. My clients were pleased with what I’d done and they kept phoning with more work.

I feel empowered that people are coming straight to me. They want MY skills and my experience. I don’t have to go through a boss or check with 12 people before I send something out. I just do the work and send it to the client.

And at 3.15, I emerge from my daze and into the real world to go and pick the kids up from school. Generally I realise it’s much warmer outside than in. Freelancing is a very cold business, even in May, because I’m not moving.

I quickly realised I couldn’t work once the kids got home from school. Even though they don’t need me that much, it’s impossible to get away from them and focus. And, actually, part of the reason for going freelance was to be there for the kids. So I am there for them. Right until they finally drift to bed at 10. That’s when I start trying to get my printer to work or send my invoices out.

And in the morning I start it all over again. Right now I wouldn’t have it any other way.
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    • Thanks very much, Christina 🙂

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  1. Congratulations on working hard to make this work for you! It sounds like you are off to a great start. 🙂

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    • Thank you, Sarah. I’m really pleased with how it’s going so far 🙂

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    • Thanks very much. Keep your fingers crossed for me! x

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    • Thanks very much, Louise 🙂

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  2. Glad it’s going so well. I find it difficult to work after the school run too. Only try if it’s something urgent.

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    • Thanks very much. I wrote the article I was doing for free after school yesterday because I knew I had more paid work to do today and need to prioritise that. There were constant interruptions though!

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  3. That’s great news, I’m glad it’s going well. It’s something I’ve been considering too so interesting to read how well you’ve done already.

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    • I was worried about it, but it seems to have taken off quite quickly. I’ll keep blogging about it so you can keep up with my progress!

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  4. It’s great to read how well you’re getting on. It’s something I’ve been toying with for ages, and I think I just need to bite the bullet and get on with it.

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    • Go for it! Everyone said it would the best thing I’ve ever done, and they’re right!

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  5. That’s brilliant news. They always say the first few months are the hardest, so it’s great to hear you’re off to a flying start and proof positive that it *can* be done. As much as it’s great to hear about your success, it’s also good to know you’ve settled into a balance that works for you in terms of what you do at various points of the day and that you’re not spending all daychained to the laptop.

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    • Thanks very much, Tim. It does sometimes feel like I’m chained to the laptop, but I keep running and make sure I don’t touch the computer or phone while I’m eating! There’s also a fair amount of time with the kids too, of course!

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    • Thanks very much, Kim 🙂

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  6. Amazing. I just knew that you tenacity and determination to succeed would pay off. So pleased for you! And a little bit jealous. 😉

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    • Thanks very much Suzanne! I am working fairly hard for not a lot of money, but I still love it 🙂

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    • Thanks very much 🙂 x

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  7. Whoo-hoo! I knew you could do it, and am so glad you’re finding it a positive change for you and your family. I wouldn’t have it any other way either.

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    • Thanks very much, Joanne. It really does seem a much better way of life for us all 🙂

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    • Thanks very much. Good luck to you too. It’s the best feeling in the world, isn’t it? x

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  8. Totally with you there! Freelancing rules! I love the freedom it brings and the fact that you can work around the kids. And if you don’t want to do something you get asked to do, you just explain that you are busy. Such freedom!!!

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  9. So relieved to read your articles and replies – cause while ive been a sahm for 10 years, im in the early stages of starting my freelance work (website needs a little more focus) and im worried tge grass may not be as green on the other side

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  10. I’m so utterly jealous but of course completely excited for you :o) well done you. It is freezing at home isn’t it? I am sat here now with a blanket over my knees!! Will be keeping an eye on updates x

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  11. Fantastic that you’re getting into the groove and clients are quickly realising your worth and long experience!

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