I started freelancing about 6 months ago. As I delve more into the world of self-employment and working with different clients, I find that the things I focus on are slowly starting to change.
Oddly enough, money is not one of these things. Some months I don’t net any profit and others I do. I don’t worry about this because I know it takes awhile to be consistently profitable and I know that, to some degree, the amount of work that I take on will vary based on my client’s needs.
Instead, I find myself dwelling on other, less concrete concerns. Addressing these things directly tends to help me relieve my anxiety, and the more I talk to other freelancers, the more I learn that these are common things to worry about.
So what kind of worries are keeping me up at night? Here are the main ones:
- Am I picking up the right kind of work and the right kind of clients?
- Are my clients satisfied?
- If not, what should I do about it?
- If so, can I do more? Should I do more?
- Am I satisfied with my current clients?
- If not, what can I do to improve this situation?
- Am I picking up the right amount of work? Have I bitten off more than I can chew?
- As I work to take care of everyone and everything else, am I taking care of myself?
- Am I keeping a firm line between personal and professional brain space?
As I look at this list and talk to others, I think there’s so much value in talking through how we overcome these worries. So over the next few months I plan to talk a bit more about how I manage these things in a segment called “Working Wednesdays.”