So you’ve been told to follow your passion, right? You’ve read all the blogs and books on how the key to truly living a fulfilling life is to do work you’re passionate about. So here you are, starting a freelancing business in hopes that the elusive “happy” life will come as long as you can“follow your passion”.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all about enjoying my work and I think a key to that is doing something that I love everyday. And passion definitely fits into that description.
But making it all about passion is hindering your success.
You need to make it a business. A business you make money with. A business that gives you the ability to design your life the way you want it, including following your passion.
Freelancing is a business, not a hobby. Tweet that!
At least the kind of freelancing that brings you freedom, and that’s what I’m all about here at The Freelance To Freedom Project.
Treat Your Freelancing Like A Business And You Will Find Freedom
(freedom to only do what you’re passionate about)
If you are like me, you started this freelancing thing on the side (unless you’ve inherited a nice chunk of change and do it to keep yourself occupied- in which case you are not in need of freedom and you don’t really need to read this blog).
- Want to escape a job you don’t love.
- Realize the skills you have are valuable.
- Want to travel more and work from home.
But you don’t think you have the skills to charge high enough prices to survive or you don’t have enough connections to help boost your business or you don’t know where to find clients.
So what do you do?
You treat your freelancing as a hobby or a side-project or a passion. Instead of doing what it takes to get over those only-in-your-head blocks.
And what happens?
It stays a hobby or a side-project or a passion.
Treating freelancing as a business does 2 things:
- People around you take you more seriously. It’s your business, you must be a pro (and a pro is who most people want to work with).
- It forces you take it more seriously. This is your business after all, you have to make it work.
First steps to stop treating freelancing as just a passion:
- Instead of saying to yourself and others, “I’m a kindergarten teacher, but I freelance on the side”, say “I’m a freelance web designer, but I teach kindergarten on the side”.
- Update your social media profiles to list your freelancing career first.
- Come back to the blog next week and start implementing (see below).
In the coming weeks on the blog we’ll be talking about all the aspects of starting (or ramping up) your freelancing business by doing the opposite of just a passion:
How To Go Pro.
So stay tuned!
P.S. Are you treating your freelancing like a business or a hobby? Let me know in the comments below.
P.P.S. Know someone that could use a little help going pro? Share this with them and help grow the Freelance To Freedom tribe!