Fears I Kicked To The Curb in My Second Year As A Freelancer
The end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 marked the unofficial two year anniversary of me becoming a freelancer. I began accepting freelance clients in early 2017, while still working full time at a large salon. I left that salon in May of 2017 to pursue self employment. I initially tried to juggle freelancing and a part time job, but soon focused entirely on freelancing. Looking back, that first year was just a series of learning lessons. This second year, with a bit more experience behind me, I was able to step out in faith a little. I have written out for you the top three fears I quit in 2018, and I hope you do too!
1. Don’t be afraid to spend a little money!
At first, I was fearful about spending money on my work. Working at a salon, most of the materials needed are provided for you. But as a freelancer, you are responsible for having everything you need from hair products, and hairpins, to business cards. When I spent money for work, I felt like I was taking money away from my family that we could easily use on something else. Unfortunately, sometimes skimping on supplies backfired. Nothing is worse than having to improvise when you don't have what you need to get the job done! But this past year, I allocated 20% of my earnings to business expenses. So when it came time to buy some new tools, pay a book keeper, or even just purchase my monthly subway pass; I didn’t think twice. This is a part of the business that you don’t see when you’re working for someone else! It is completely normal and necessary to be spending some money to reinvest in yourself and your business when you are self-employed.
2. Don’t be afraid to take a little time off!
When you’re self-employed, you get more control over your schedule. When I first became self-employed, I often went weeks without a day off. I’m not sure if it was fear of failure or what exactly drove me to work constantly. Maybe it was just wanting to become profitable as fast as possible, and I saw this as my way to do it. But this year, I took days off when necessary. Sometimes it was because I needed to rest, get things done at home, or just spend time with my family.
3. Don't be afraid to charge your worth!
In my first year as a freelancer, I offered some ridiculous deals! I’m sure there were some jobs I didn’t actually profit from once all expenses were accounted for. I was so afraid of not being busy, I took just about any work at almost any price. This past year, I did a much better job of charging my worth and walking away when a potential client’s budget didn’t align with my fees. Every time I charged my worth, I was happy I did. I feel like knowing I am being fairly compensated allows me to relax and focus completely on the task at hand. I am actually able to do a better job when I'm paid well!
I plan to expand on each of these three things in the near future. Let me know which of them you want to know more about!
I know that 2019 is going to be a year of huge growth for me professionally! I’m so excited to see all of the ways I’ll learn and grow in these next months.