Do you ever feel flustered under the pressure of your freelance work? Do you have a client who sometimes drives you crazy? Do you fear losing a gig because you don't know where the next one will come from? Do you constantly worry about money because you aren't earning as much as you'd like?
First: take a step back. Next: breathe.
Freelancing, or running any kind of business, can be hard work. With that comes the occasional stressful period. Sometimes you might even feel completely in over your head. Many freelance writers quit before they really give themselves a chance. And even more experienced professionals sometimes dream about the supposed greener pastures of steady paychecks and employer-paid benefits.
If you're going through one of these periods, you're not alone. I've been in those shoes too (and still am from time to time when I push too hard or take on too much or have to get tough with a client even though I worry about losing the contract). So have many more of your colleagues. And do you know what? For the most part, we get through it. And so can you.
You see, no matter how bad we think we have it at any given moment, things probably aren't as bad as we think they are. You have something most traditional employees do not. You have the power to make any change you want in your business to help you overcome obstacles, break through walls, and reach your goals (even if you sometimes take the longer road). If something isn't working for you today, you can stop it. You can try something else. You don't have to wait for a manager or some board to approve plans. You figure out what you need to do. You decide to do what's best for yourself. And then you do it.
Making changes isn't always easy. But as long as you understand it's in your power to improve your circumstances or overcome the things (big or small) that are stressing you out, you'll get through it. Remember. Things are rarely as bad as we think they are. And even if the walls really are falling down around us today, we have what it takes to build them back up again tomorrow.
What things stress you out the most as a freelance writer? Have you faced any of these stressful circumstances recently? Do you ever wonder if you should quit your freelance writing business? What keeps you in the game versus leaving? What motivates you to keep pursuing your goals, no matter how hard things get sometimes? Leave a comment below to share your tips and stories.