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I’m first to put up my hand to say that I experienced this during my freelancing days. Upping my price resulted in very little work; offering other services & products didn’t help either. I calculated lost time & money. It wasn’t worth it financially for me. I had to change.
I started to question every single request that equated to “free” work; no to coffee catchups; no to “pick your brain”; no to requests to write articles for you for free; no to everything that didn’t pay me; no to free speaking because of “exposure”. Lots of no.
At the same time it was making me miserable because the work I did have was not enough to live on. I’m lucky I had a husband who was the breadwinner here and who supported me. Many aren’t as lucky. All power to them who make it work.
So I had to have a complete rethink. Others told me that I didn’t follow the “formula”. Write the book; create the framework; be a Ted speaker; get on stage; don’t engage in all social media unless you’re pushing your agenda (book/articles/your frameworks) etc.
But I hate following formulae. That doesn’t sit well with me. I’d consider myself a fraud if I did this. So instead I had to completely rethink my situation. I took up casual jobs as a receptionist which I LOVED and on less minimum wage. I started to get my “thinking” back.
Then I realised that there’s nothing wrong with having salaried work. It was up to me to get rid of this “hang up” of being paid like I was in the past and finding the balance. I had to get rid of my narky thinking of where my time was spent & equating a dollar value to it.
My lesson was that there’s this perception portrayed online by freelancers and entrepreneurs that it’s easy and they’re following a formula of constant promotion, marketing, but I’m not entirely convinced that it’s helpful because you end up working or thinking about it 24/7.
Any work - if you want it to be done well - takes time, effort and patience. All power to those who have been successful in doing this without destroying their mental state in the process or affecting their family and friends around them.
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