So you want to become a freelancer? Here are some important tips before you make the leap. The freelance/gig economy has seen unprecedented grow in the last few years. With the advent of eBay in 1995 to Uber, Task Rabbit, & rent-a-coder what was once a sector often relegated to the actors, artists or the free spirit types has now gained amazing credibility. Credibility with real money behind it. In 1995 we saw many people harness the then new platform of eBay to generate significant income. Many people left jobs and began creating a full-time business on their own terms.
Does your head ever feel like exploding because of all the noise? I bet you are nodding yes.
There is so much noise in the world, there is good noise like the noise of people laughing, birds chirping and even your own voice howling away to your favorite song. But there is also a huge amount of unnecessary noise, noise like piles of news clips running in the background, Facebook statues so long and never ending that they begin to fill your dreams.
Are you experiencing feelings of joy less that you would like? Do you feel like joy only arrives during big moments of success or celebration? Joy isn't a mysterious ether that just appears once in a while, in fact joy can be more present if you learn how to see it.
The trouble for many of us is we associate joy with an event, something good happens to us and we feel excitement and joy and then blah, back to the day to day. That leaves a vast open space of life that we often just coast through instead of truly being part of the experience.
Have you ever wanted to connect with a notable person in your field but felt like they were out of reach? Perhaps the thought of meeting someone you admire in your field could be a fantastic injection of inspiration as you journey along your chosen path.
When I say notable I am not meaning famous (though the person you have in mind may be) I am speaking of someone that is worthy of attention in your area of interest, attention that comes from demonstrating excellence in their chosen field.
Some of you already know who you may like to meet and you may be saying "YES!" right away, others of you may have not even thought about it yet and that's okay too because we are here to get you digging into new ways of doing things. If you do not have someone in mind take a moment to think about it.
Last week was a heavy one, I lost three people I knew unexpectedly all in a matter of 72 hrs.
So it got me thinking again about the importance of saying what needs to be said in the now. It also highlighted the immense power in tying things up the correct way when we can.
We wait on saying what needs to be said. We think we have forever, another day, another moment. That is until we don't. Sometimes we have people in our life that we left things unsettled with, we walked away without ever saying thank you for what you have been in my life despite whether or not they are good for us anymore. We leave things unsaid, people unappreciated and some people all together missed.
We forget that life can be fleeting and tomorrow is not a guarantee, yet still we wait. In this moment you have the power to do whatever it is you need to do to be at peace with people in your life now. This can truly save you from feelings of heartbreak and regret down the line.
They say change is a good thing and yes, we all know it is. It is the place that allows us to grow, the place where new opportunities and journeys are born, yet it still can be one heck of an adjustment. The adjustment can be magnified when not only are we having big personal changes (and yes they can be good) but when our immediate circle of loved ones are also experiencing a shift.
Are you thinking about or have you already started embarking on a new chapter in your life and don't feel like you are being supported by those in your inner circle?
Don't fear, this is not uncommon in fact it is more common than not. The reasons vary, some people may be jealous, others live in fear and you pursuing your dream shines some bright lights on the fact that maybe they are too afraid to follow theirs. In the rare case, some people may just be haters and those people shouldn't be in your life to begin with. A haters negative energy will just drag you down leaving you feeling empty which is the last thing in the world you need.
Do you feel like you are on the right path but you feel like you need new people to share the journey with?
Do you feel surrounded by people stuck in the same place and some that even seem to resent your progress?
What you are experiencing is quite common and you are not alone. With any major shift in your life there will come moments of struggle and heartache. It's called growing pains; it's awesome but it can also be tremendously painful.
It may go something like this...
So, you have committed to going after your passion and making big changes in your life, you are feeling optimistic and excited but something feels amiss. You think to yourself, I am excited, I feel awesome but the people around me don't seem to feel the same way.
Many of us grow up learning that we need to keep pushing forward, at all times and at all costs. But when do we recognize that we need a break and let ourselves be okay with that? In the pursuit of success and our dreams many of us fail to listen to our bodies and minds and allow ourselves a much needed timeout from all that we are doing. We keep working when we are sick for fear that we will be left behind or that the world just won't be able to get on without us. Trust me, it can and it will, in fact the world benefits from the best version of you and that comes with taking care of yourself.