Addicted to Freelancing

by Nicole Branigan on March 3, 2011 · 2 comments

Nicole Branigan | Freelance Writer in NashvilleWhen it’s good it’s very good…

This month marks my one-year anniversary of embarking on one of the biggest learning experiences I’ve had the pleasure of enduring: freelancing. Becoming a freelance writer has allowed me freedom, peace of mind, reduced stressed and a whole lot more, and it’s also taught me some valuable lessons.

There are certain challenges to freelancing I didn’t expect. Working from home was a major hurdle I’ve since overcome by renting my very own office! Working at home created unnecessary distractions and an inability to separate my work and home life. Having a separate workspace has catapulted a positive shift in the way I operate on a daily basis. If you work at home, I strongly recommend investing in your workspace – it will return the favor ten fold. I’ve heard great things about ColLab Nashville, and I recommend you look into it!

As a freelancer, not only am I responsible for completing my daily tasks, but I’m also responsible for selling my services, keeping my own books, and managing my own content. I’m no expert in any of these categories, but this experience has taught me priceless organizational and multi-tasking skills.

I’m the boss…that’s why.

Another role I play as a freelancer is being my own boss. This is the most addicting part of my job. As my own boss, I can work when I want, how I want, and can tackle the projects I want. My priority list is my own, and the fires I have to put out are only the ones I’ve started. This creates a deep sense of value and peace in my professional life, and it’s not something I want to give up anytime soon. As I start my own family, this flexibility is of even more value to me.

When I first began freelancing, I fell into it. I took a chance because I wanted to see where it would take me. Looking back, I’m so fortunate to have my clients, and to be able to work on the projects I am. I’m addicted to so many aspects of freelancing, and I want to thank everyone who has supported me along the way! Let’s keep this crazy train rolling!

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