Fear. Self-doubt. Overwhelm.
What if I’m making a biiiiiig mistake?
The truth is, we’ve ALL been there. I don’t know one single person who jumped on the freelancing train with nary a worry. Not one single person who waltzed into this new lifestyle and career choice without SOME sort of negative nagging thoughts. But I do know some people who let the fear and overwhelm stop them in their tracks. They hold on tight to the “What if I’m making a big mistake?” refrain while they continue to go to jobs that make them miserable, day after day, week after week. What these people need is a plan to deal with overwhelm, which in turn will make them feel better prepared for the rollercoaster of freelance life.
And this is exactly what Caroline Peterson, this week’s guest blogger, is here to talk about.
Thanks for sharing your insights, Caroline!
So you’ve decided to start your own business or jump into the freelance world? Welcome to the controlled chaos club!
Early in the year, I left my corporate job as Senior Copywriter to pursue starting my own copywriting business. It wasn’t a decision I took lightly. I had been planning it for quite a while before I turned in my resignation.
Since then, I’ve found myself skateboarding around on the wildest learning curve I’ve ever had the pleasure of riding. Feel the fear and do it anyway is my constant motto as I find myself having to have to push through the self-doubt (and that nagging feeling of getting one more thing done on my never-ending to-do list). Since starting my business, there are quite a few other real-world tips that have helped me along the way.
And on the off chance that you, too, are struggling with a bad case of freelancer self-doubt, here are my recommendations.
1. Have a Plan Before Day One
Even if you’re doing freelance work on the side of your current day-job, it’s imperative to set up a schedule to accommodate finding clients and working on client projects. In my case, I found a couple freelance clients and did copywriting work with them before and after my job, as well as on the weekends.
Doing this gave me a good idea of what kind of work I could expect if I did this full time.
More importantly, I planned how much time we would need in order to save and have enough money for a cushion to start my own business.