Starting fresh as a freelancer
I have to admit my head is still spinning since quitting the day job, but my next series of blog posts entitled "Am I bonkers?" will hopefully straighten out everything in my mind - and maybe even help you wannabe freelancers too!
You can feel lost without the camaraderie of an office environment, in fact, this was what I missed the most when I dipped my toes into the freelance world last time.
I think stepping back and reflecting is really important, which is why I'm taking this holiday - to clear my head. My next step will be to plan my year, month by month (only roughly at this early stage, but good to get something on paper). My 30 things project is really important to me, yet I still want to have time for writing.
Before I even start touching up my website, or look at the notes I've made on the sequel to Little Child, I'll be considering my options for every day freelance work. So, it might help to put together a little resume covering my knowledge and experience, what topics I'm an authority on, and what skills and qualifications I have.
I ain't going to lie - freelance writing IS a difficult way to make a living and you shouldn't try this if you don't have savings! Also mentally you have to stay focused, strong and passionate about what you're doing. There's a fabulous opportunity there to shape and mold your career into whatever you want it to be and actively create your dream job.
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Blogging is an amazing concept so here I am giving it a whirl. You'll get words. You'll get pics. Sometimes a vid or two. You'll get tongue in cheek, the odd humble opinion and an honest insight into my travels and writing life. Maybe even a few gems along the way. I'll be musing on home turf as I see more and more of the UK and sharing my experiences further afield on holidays and adventurous trips across the globe.