|My (unusually tidy) desk at home. Wearing shirt: MHL Margaret Howell. Skirt: Zara.|
It has been 3 months now since I took the leap into the world of freelance. It has been a bit of a shock to the system, going from super (pretty much unmanageably) busy to sometimes not having much of a plan (!) but I think I am beginning to adjust slowly. I spend A LOT of time in our tiny study, which I tend to monopolise (luckily I’m the only one who works from home) and am learning what I need to keep motivated but all in all, I think I’ve found a good balance.
What I’ve learnt from Freelancing:
- There are quiet patches. Now I (sort of) knew there would be, and luckily I have my blog to keep me busy but I mean real quiet patches. I didn’t really work much in April at all, and started to think I’d never work again…but next year (if I’m still freelancing), I will learn that it’s a quiet month and other months outweigh it with work.
- Family time is so important. I’ve always put work first, and although it still often takes priority, I’ve slowed down enough to make my free time all about my husband, nan, close family and new nephew.
- It’s very difficult to find motivation to get changed out of my pyjamas! I often get up, brush my teeth and sit straight at my desk with a coffee – and it’s so easy to stay in that routine. This is why my blog is helpful for me as well, it forces me to try trends, get out to Press Days etc to see new products etc.
- I’ve started working in sectors I never really dabbled in before: social media consulting, personal styling etc. And then, through this, I can figure out which bits I enjoy and which to pursue.
- Not to stress about money. As long as I have enough to live, I’m fine (for the time being!). I pay myself a wage, like any job – so I still live within my means and get excited for PayDay.
- I sometimes get serious FOMO…sometimes when I’m on my own at home, I think the world is carrying on without me – and it is, but the freedom I have to be at home is very special.
- And lastly? I’ve learnt that I CAN do it. I’ve got enough confidence in myself that I work really hard and put 100% into everything I do. And it’s paying off.