In honor of Independence Day, July 4, I’ve been thinking about the things I most value about the freelance life. There are many wonderful things about this life, but here, in no particular order, are the things that rank highest for me:
- The freelance lifestyle
- The ability to be creative and get paid for it
- Flexible schedule
- Power to choose who I work with
- Freedom to increase income as needed
- Personal autonomy
- Doing what I love and getting paid for it
As far as I’m concerned, the freelance life is the most interesting, challenging, potentially profitable, enjoyable life available. All the positives come with a flip side, though. There’s also the burden of complete responsibility for results. If things are not going well, it’s difficult to blame it on anyone else when you’re a solopreneur!
Over the years I’ve met many freelancers who are often dubbed “lucky” by others. I’ve studied what makes them successful, what they do that others don’t, and how they live their professional lives. I’ve learned a lot about what makes one independent writer or editor more “lucky” than most of his or her peers, and one of the things I’ve found is that they have completely embraced the freelance life, and have been ready, willing, and able to search out and learn what they needed to know in order to be successful.
I’ve been so impressed by the consistency of what I’ve seen in these Lucky Freelancers(tm) that I’ve been practicing and teaching the core principles that set them apart. I absolutely believe that when those principles are put in place, success must follow. The key lies in making the choice to embrace the freelance lifestyle and determine that you will learn what you need to know in order to be one of the “lucky” ones.
What do you think? I’d love to hear what you like best about the freelance life, and what you’d miss most if you had to go back to a j.o.b. Any observations about what makes some freelancers more successful than others? Leave a comment, and let me know!
***I’ve added two new talks on my Speaker Page. If you need a speaker for your event or group, be sure to check them out!
“Those who prize freedom only for the material benefits it offers have never kept it for long.”
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)