Month 2 is done. Boom. Out the way and boy it's gone fast.
In my last post (Should I have gone freelance?) I said that I wanted to be honest in writing this. And whilst Month 2 has by no means been a bad month in any way shape or form, it hasn't had the same honeymoon glow of the first 4 weeks. Why?
2 NEW Lessons for Freelance Digital Marketing:
Lesson 1: It's OK to say no to work.
I took on slightly too much work. Nothing drastic, but just a few projects I didn't want to pass on. They were useful to do but meant long hours, late nights and weekend working. Was it worth it? For longer term connections - definitely. But the shorter term? In retrospect, I should have used my time for other things. Cool side projects. Personal projects which I'm hoping will bear fruit in the coming months. . It meant I was getting frustrated at myself - mainly because this quote kept running through my head -
"Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least" - Goethe.
I have this printed on my business cards and try to regularly remind myself as a guide to live by.
Lesson 2: Like alcohol, working from home is fine in moderation.
About 50% of my time is working from home. The other 50% is client meetings and working from their offices. It's a nice balance (and spending time in a clients office is ridiculously beneficial - but that's for another post).
Mid-month though I found myself with 3 solid days without client meetings, so through one reason and another I spent them working solidly from home. Don't get me wrong. I went outside for walks and runs. I saw sunlight. But my actual working environment was the same 4 walls with nobody face to face to speak to. By day 2.5 I was feeling pretty off; twitchy and unlike my normal self. The moment I'm back in the company of other people - it lifts. I know that's what works for me and it's what I need. So there's a new rule in place...
Anymore than 1 day spent at home means come day 2 I have to work from somewhere else. No excuses.
Everything else has been pretty damn good. More of what I want and less of what I don't. So here's to implementing these lessons for an even better July.