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Today, I’d like to talk about inspiration.
What inspires you to keep freelancing?
I ask because freelancing isn’t always easy.
Why Freelancers Need Inspiration
Sure, we enjoy a lot of perks. Just the other day, for example, I got out of bed after 9 am. I can do that, because my work schedule is flexible. I can work anytime, anywhere I like, just as long as I meet my deadlines.
That said, freelancing isn’t always easy. In fact, it can be pretty darn hard.
For example, those of us who freelance from home can feel pretty isolated at lot of times. We don’t have co-workers to socialize with. No water coolers to hang out in for some small time. Sure, there’s Facebook and Twitter, but it simply isn’t the same.
And then there’s the constant need to hustle. We always have to be marketing and promoting our services.
I can go on and on about the disadvantages of freelancing… but that’s a topic for another blog post.
When the going gets tough, it helps to go back to our inspiration.
What inspired you to become a freelancer anyway? And what inspires you to go on?
What inspires me is an ideal. It’s an ideal world where I can take care of my family–be there physically for them–while at the same time doing something I love and am passionate about.
My family and my professional life go hand in hand.
I don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. I don’t have to relegate the care of my kids to strangers in order to pursue my passion. At the same time, I don’t have to put my creativity and professional growth on hold to care for my family.
My children inspire me to model a different way of living. One that isn’t characterized by dragging yourself out of bed in the morning, because you have obligations to meet and bills to pay. One where being “out of the mold” is rewarded, not punished.
Other parents inspire me to prove that it can be done. It’s possible to be a good parent, a good provider and a fulfilled individual all at the same time.
Other moms and dads who have gone ahead of me and created their own freelancing lifestyles inspire me. People like Kelly McCausey, Lynn Terry, Alice Seba and Nicole Dean inspire me. They’ve living my ideal! They’re living proof that you can be your own boss and be a good Mom and support your family.
How About You?
Now it’s your turn.
What inspires you?
photo credit: Kyle Kruchok