Or maybe they can. It could really go both ways.
I tend to not have any problems admitting that it is unbelievably scary to work for yourself.
Self-employment i.e. being a freelancer, independent contractor, small business owner, entrepreneur etc.
They all follow the same basic idea(s).
We are working for ourselves, our livelihood comes solely from what we are creating or offering or putting out into the world. And that can be almost paralyzing at times.
It puts you in a really vulnerable place and you have NO idea where it’s going to take you.
What will it amount to? Am I going to end up homeless in the next year? Is my student loan debt EVER going to go away?!
And that doesn’t help the fear. The debt, that is. It gets 100x more stressful when you have A LOT of bills to pay or debt racking up or little human beings like kids that depend on you for sustenance.
But really if you think about it, isn’t that how pretty much ALL of life is like? There is no guarantee on ANYTHING that we do. So why not risk it all for the things we want?
Jim Carrey really hit the nail on the head on that one, watch this amazing 60 second clip from a commencement speech he gave recently at Maharishi University in Fairfield, Iowa.
So here I am. Photographing stuff and writing about the business of it. I don’t know where this is going to go but I do know that I know what I’m doing.
Here are some key things I’ve learned so far as a freelancer: go into everything wholeheartedly, be honest and as true to yourself as possible, and most importantly, cut out the bullshit. (more explicit language coming up…)
Stop bullshitting yourself. And telling yourself that you can’t do it or it’s too hard. Or that you can just half-ass your way through it.
Stop bullshitting other people. If you don’t think you’re being authentic then it will show at some point down the line. If you don’t want to do whatever it is they’re asking you to do, then just SAY SO. Don’t waste anyone’s time!
Stop bullshitting your business. Be clear and concise and nothing else. Be prepared for the worst. Expect anything. And understand that this takes time and perseverance.
And as terrifying as it is, I love it all. It’s been a huge learning experience and part of my life I wouldn’t trade for the highest paying full time job.
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-Anne "The Entrepreneur" Cho