The last post I wrote on here was all about my the imminent jump to freelance life. Since then I made a pact with myself that I'd try to document what it's been like to jump into freelancing- all in way that was quick and honest. None of this instagram #freelancelife bullshit but something which mapped the upped as well as the downs in working for myself.
Disclaimer: I have previously been a freelancer, having had a taster experience of it a couple of years back. That experience definitely made this transition less bumpy.
So, how has freelance life been?
In short, bloody amazing.
Don't get me wrong there have been a few tough points but overall everything's got off to an amazing start. The biggest and best thing (though it won't surprise you) is the flexibility that it's offered me. Working when I want - and don't get me wrong there's been plenty of work - has meant a whole lot more energy. That energy's been transferred into more time with friends, more time to exercise and more time to learn new things. It's a win-win scenario for both me and my clients. (Seriously, within the first couple of weeks I ran my best run and had the best workout I've had in absolutely months).
The downsides have been the deadlines and the self-management of it all. There were definitely a few periods of feeling overwhelmed. Thankfully, there's Excel and keeping everything logged on spreadsheets helps keep a more balanced view of the universe.
I'm also strongly of the opinion that during this honeymoon period everything can appear more rosy than the reality so we shall wait and see what next month brings before making any firm decisions.
If you have any questions about making the jump into freelance life then just ask. Here's to Month 2!