It’s been five years since I started freelancing. Or at least it was on Saturday.
Five years. Wow. A lot can happen in five years.
I started freelancing because I knew it would take awhile to get my foot in the door and work in-house and also because I wasn’t entirely sure I wanted to.
Freelancing is great – it allows me to work with a lot of different people, it allows me to meet different people and it allows me to mentor some and be mentored by others. It allows me to try new things and to keep constantly learning.
And I am reminded that it also means that it is stressful and frustrating at times. Like when students asked me at the Media Pass Student Days whether it wasn’t scary.
The point is, it is scary to wake up every day and not know certain things. Perhaps it’s a money thing or a time thing – it changes. Perhaps it’s a “I need new clients” thing.
The issue is that I don’t notice. I get up and try to work, mindful that I need to pay bills and survive the day with enough time and energy left over to work on other things or to enjoy myself. Or both as the case may be.
Sometimes I get lucky and get contract positions where I am allowed to try new things and I meet a lot of great people. Sometimes.
But the point of freelancing for me is to allow myself the ability to do great work for great employers in journalism/editing to support myself because I enjoy that so that I can get time and energy to work on my books.
The balancing act is hard. There are lots of other things life throws at you.
But five years have gone by. And I have met a lot of wonderful people. They have helped me and taught me a lot.
So these five years are not just about me. They are about you too – all the people I have met and known so thank you. It may seem a small thing and I didn’t really do much on Saturday to celebrate it but thank you for everything you have done that means that five years on, this is still what I am doing and it makes me happy.
Thank you. 🙂