Lifestyle: Freelancing – Our 5 biggest learnings

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Some are already doing it, some still dream about it. Life as a freelancer.
Some will ask: But isn’t it the case that all you have to do all the time is work and run after annoying clients? Or is it just chilling at the pool and the biggest worry is when to get the next cocktail?

We have actually had both experiences… After 3 years of freelancing we have gone through countless ups and downs and we can now say: We don’t regret a single minute of it. In this article we share our most important insights for you to climb up your freelance career ladder.

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Lesson 1.) Find yourself!

Okay, okay. No one expects an enlightenment from you now. Maybe after this article who knows…. 😉
But some things we have learned quite clearly.
You have to know:

  • Who you are
  • What makes you/ your business so special
  • What you want to achieve

Nor can a meditation retreat or an ayuaska help you for this enlightenment (although that’s certainly not bad either), but deep down you know the answers already, if you trust your instincts. It’s absolutely okay to take time for it intensively.
If you have the answers, represent them with strength. Be authentic and real.
Authenticity is tangible! 

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Lesson 2.) Work smarter – not harder

A few years had to pass to understand this. Obsession and litres of coffee do not lead to a better result. Rather: Plan your day. Do more with less.
So: Work more efficiently instead of working night shifts and drink mint tea. It’s much cooler anyway. Analyze your daily routine: In what do you spend most of your time? Is it efficient? If not, how can that be avoided?
Think about better procedures to save time. Are there any programs, tools that could improve this process? We know it’s a process, but after years, we’ve been getting used to it and improving ourselves daily, so we now have more time and freedom for projects like Literaa poetry. So, think about how you use your time. Nothing is more painful than wasting time.

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Lesson 3.) Bye bye perfectionism!

One way to work more efficiently is to outsource tasks. While our Virtual Assistant answers emails, we have more time to pursue our passion and write.
Because: It is absolutely okay to hand over tasks and hire professionals.
You don’t have to to know or do everything. And above all, you don’t have to prove anything to anyone, especially to yourself. Why should you?
So wish your perfectionism a nice flight to somewhere in nowhere. Flights are booked!

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Lesson 4.) Risk and sacrifice

In order to go into freelance you have to risk, yes. Some would even call it sacrifice. But it is not sacrifice if it opens up so many new possibilities for something new and exciting. And as cheesy as that may sound: (We can’t suppress it right now) believe in yourself and enjoy the process even if you have a down. Always remember the reason of why you decided to do it.

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Lesson 5.) Strict be-kind-policy

To create a nice environment around yourself is always a bit dependent on us. Actually it is quite simple: If you meet people with love and respect, it comes back. Customers who neither respect you nor your work should be grounded immediately. Hope they are scared now! If you know your value, you can set limits and exclude toxic people from your environment.

What are your biggest learnings? What were your struggles? 
We would love to hear about your experiences in the comments.

 

4 Comments Add yours

  1. kirstenelsa says:

    I love point #3 which has been one of the hardest lessons for me to learn. I can’t remember where I heard this advice but it’s kind of changed my life ever since. “Your B- work could still impact someone’s life.” In other words, maybe you shouldn’t spend another week making something absolutely perfect and you should just put it out there and move on to the next thing, because getting your work out into the world and impacting someone is far more important than keeping it to yourself where it won’t help another soul. Loved the post!

    1. literaapoetry says:

      Kirsten yes yes yes!!! 🙌🏻😄Absolutely! Love this advice and its so so true! Because its mostly us: We are hustling and running and stressing. But in the end I am thinking: what for? Was it necessary? And more important: are the people going to appreciate it more? Will they see the hard work? (That you went sick to work, doing extra hours etc.) Nooo!! So this perfectionism is absolutely unnecessary because we will never get so high so amazing so perfect as we want or expect. I learned to forgive myself if I do a mistake or if I simply cant do more because my body doesnt allow me.. and you know what? My clients still love me 😀 😉

      1. kirstenelsa says:

        Exactly!! Yes and amen 😊

  2. literaapoetry says:

    haha yes !! 😉 Amen and cheers to solid B-work 😉 <3

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