Trading Office Life for Freelance: What I Wish I Knew

I’m regularly asked about my switch from working in an office to working freelance, and once I started writing this I realized I have SO MUCH to say on this subject! I already have drafts for other posts about it, so if you ever wanted to know more about my work life, you are in luck. I have only worked in retail (my first job when I was 16!) and in various offices, so if your day job is not like this at all- and there are many, many professions that are not- please take my description of working in an office with a huge pillar of salt.

I worked in an office for many years, convinced I was working hard. Now I realize that I was being paid to breathe the air and drink coffee between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and work sometimes while breathing the office air. A lot of this has to do with many of the tasks that are assigned in offices- projects that go on for ages and require many different people to handle different parts, and output looks very different in those situations.

Switching to freelance, no matter what sort of work you do as a freelancer, means you only get paid when the output is complete. Maybe for some larger scale projects a percentage is paid upfront, but most of the money only comes in after you’ve sent the invoice, which is after you’ve done the work you said you were going to do.

When I say you only get paid based on output, I mean work that you can actually see. So if it took me twice as long to ghost write a blog post for a company, or I was taking photos and it took me longer than I quoted for because I was really in the zone, that time is time I’m not getting paid. I also now work at least a little bit almost every single day, including the weekends. It’s a combination of ‘if you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work’ and ‘must work faster, I only get paid if I finish this!’

What I Wish I Had Known Before The Switch

So. Much. Accounting. Freelance work is for people who are committed to diligently tracking their hours, expenses, invoices, and bottom lines, otherwise you are almost definitely going to be losing money.

You Need to Establish a Routine, or you will not get as much work done. While it’s fun to feel like your days are free-form for a little while, you eventually need to get down to to work. It is a million times easier if you have a set schedule- maybe certain days where you batch a particular set of tasks, a couple hours in the morning for particular projects, weekly admin time to handle the aforementioned accounting.

Figure Out If You Can Afford the Lean Months. It’s worth taking a very honest look at how much money you spend each month, and then make a conservative estimate on how much money you will be bringing in each month. If you aren’t quite there yet, think about if that is because you aren’t yet making enough money on your side hustle (give it time, you’ll get there!), or if you have potential business opportunities in the wings waiting for you, and just need more time to pursue them.

Living with a SO? Then They MUST be on Board. If you are married or living with significant other and don’t mind having your entire financial future knotted together, then you have more wiggle room and can factor in their income. But that also means if you make the leap to freelance, it’s a decision you have to make together. I generally think that being financially dependent on your partner is a massive disadvantage for so many reasons, so if you are making the leap and counting on your partner, make sure that they are all in on your decision too. And be prepared to occasionally have to justify how you spend not only your day, but your money, too.

So. Much. Alone. Time. I’m an introvert by nature, and even I sometimes find it a bit much. Especially on a day when I’m dragging my tail and it’s hard to focus, it’s very easy to just get distracted by the internet or dance around to some music or decide that this is time to try out navy blue eyeliner and unearth EVERYTHING in my yarn stash. Which is why I am happy to go work in a cafe, and chat with the barristas. Keeps me on task.

What I Do

I write (poetry, short stories, working on a novel, etc), but it pays next to nothing. So I also do social media and content creation for a variety of craft and yarn companies, both as an account manager for Stitchcraft Marketing and my own clients. This means that I do photos, ghostwrite website content and blog posts, newsletters, work on every single social media channel out there, etc. I also occasionally do sponsored posts here on this blog, but I’m really choosy, so they aren’t happening every month. This means that when I’m budgeting, I’m basing the calculations on the typical number of hours I work for Stitchcraft and my clients every month. Anything else is a bonus, as far as my finances are concerned. I also tell myself ALL THE TIME that I’m going to work on more pattern designing, but it takes me along time, and then anything that pays gets pushed to the front of the queue, and design projects languish. I need to work on that.

Where I Work

Most of the time, I work right here, on my couch:

I don’t have a home office. I don’t even have a desk. Which I’m fine with it’s not like I have a Pinterest board full of home office ideas or anything because I enjoy working at home. And when that gets a bit lonely, I go work in cafes.

Toronto is full of gorgeous cafes, and I love them all. The trick to working in a cafe is determining what your must-have criteria is, and I have a long list: robust wifi, attractive surroundings, comfy room temperature, tasty lattes, assorted sweet and savory food options, other laptop wielding people. Those other laptop people are crucial- they are the ones you will ask to look after your laptop when you go to the washroom.

In January I joined a co-working space, Make Lemonade. I was googling co-working spaces in Toronto, it popped up, and I loved everything I read so I booked a tour.  Make Lemonade is an all-female co-working space, and while I have no problem working alongside men, the atmosphere is so completely different without men. Men are allowed in the space, of course- I recently saw what I think was a job interview happening. I couldn’t hear anything they were saying, but he was leaning forward and moving his hands around like he was trying to convince of her something, and she was leaning back in her chair, legs crossed, looking at him with a completely neutral expression on her face (Resting Boss Face, I believe it’s called), and occasionally writing things down.

If I were interviewing someone, I would love to interview them here.

Photo Credit: Amber Ellis, Creating Light Studio

It’s pretty, bright, fun – not trying to be too cool, just a positive space. They run all sorts of workshops and masterclasses and networking events and everything I’ve attended has made me happy that I’m there. And of course, it was especially awesome when this happened:

Forbes.com ran an article on Rachel Kelly, the founder of Make Lemonade, and they featured my photo on the second page which was pretty fun. It highlights something that is sort of magical about finding the right co-working space – when you find other people who are like minded and like-hearted, you feel like you are all in it together. Having other people around you chasing their goals is like jet fuel for chasing mine, too.

Photo Credit: Amber Ellis, Creating Light Studio

Don’t let all those gorgeous photos from Creating Light Studio (they had a photo shoot at Make Lemonade one day, can you tell?) fool you into thinking that is what every day of my work life looks like. I go in a few times a month. Otherwise, it’s either the top photo of this post (hi, couch!), or I’m working in a cafe. Below is a photo I took last week, at a coffee-and-work hang with some friends. At the table: a geneticist, a graphic designer, an account director, and me (the uncool one with the obvious black PC laptop in front of the empty chair). All of us working. No, we didn’t draw the stegosaurus on the table. 

The day-to-day is different all the time, and while that sounded exotic when I was still working a 9-5, now I know it means that I have to spend time thinking about the shape of my day, every day, and where I am going to be. Then thinking through the logistics of what I need and what to bring as I change locations. It’s an extra bit of bandwidth that you just don’t need to worry about when you go to the same place and have everything you need at your desk, like you would at a typical office job.

Is it Worth It?

I love working with my clients, I love writing, but I don’t magically have more time in my day like I thought I would. I also work harder and make less money for the privilege (and make no mistake, I am very privileged to be able to take a pay cut to pursue my creative life) of working on amazing projects every day. Some days feel like winning. Other days I wonder who the heck I think I am to try to pursue my goals when it feels like Facebook/Instagram are already filled with people totally crushing not only their goals, but my goals too.

Some days are magic. Some days I feel like a failure.

I recently attended a retirement dinner for my former boss, and I thought I would only know a handful of the people there. Turns out I knew 90% of the room, people I had previously worked with from all across the country. Most of them asked me if I would consider coming back- including the incoming boss, whom I had worked with before from a different branch of the organization. And honestly, it was a good night with a lot of the things that I loved about my old job, and I was full of wine and beef wellington and crème brûlée and nostalgia…. I don’t know. Not having to work so hard, making more money again, those are attractive prospects. But then I love the flexibility of my days, the ability to respond to things that come up last minute, spend more time writing when it’s going really well, or be there for my kids or clients when something comes up last minute… it’s hard to say if one option is better than the other. They each have benefits and drawbacks, and it depends on the day which is more attractive.

No one can answer this question for you, and know that your answer could change from one year to the next. Our goals change, our values can change, and what we want almost definitely will change. Stability, medical/dental benefits, a work-paid RRSP, possibly more money are on the day job side of things. Freedom, potential to make even more (or even less!) money than a day job, flexibility and the chose-your-own-adventure of every day are on the other side.

There are a lot of crossroads in everyone’s life, where you are standing in front of a forked path and you have to make a choice. It takes a really acrobatic mind to look far ahead on those paths and see not just the immediate results of choosing one or the other, but what the second, third, and fourth results are from those decisions. Each choice we make in our lives ripples out in a series of consequences, challenges, and opportunities that stem from an earlier choice, and the leap into freelance can be one of the biggest.

From where you stand right now, which would you choose?

 

35 comments

  1. Kat @ felinity knits   •  

    Fascinating post! I have been freelance since January and I haven’t looked back for a second. For me, I moved from a creative agency environment to being self-employed – and while I am working hard now (albeit on fewer projects, so not full-time – which is great!), it feels on some levels easier than the agency world because the pace at an agency is so relentless (and you have all the other bits and pieces of work that come from working for, in my case, a small company). So now I have the time and headspace to really dedicate myself to the two or three projects I’m working on each month (rather than the eight or nine I’d be doing as an employee) and I think all my clients benefit as a result. Completely agree on the perfect public workspace – I’ve found several places in London that I like going to, but the challenge is totally ‘who will I get to monitor my laptop’ when you need to leave it for a few minutes!

    And Stitchcraft Marketing looks fascinating. I am a communications/brand strategist, obviously with a personal love of the yarn world, so let me know if you ever want a chat 🙂

    • Julie   •     Author

      Agency life can be exhausting, the pace is really hectic and seems to cultivate burnout more than creativity, and also doing it for yourself means you can do fewer projects and get a bigger portion of that money pie, instead of an agency taking 80%. No doubt you are doing great in freelance! And absolutely, we should chat sometime… email me (knitbliss@gmail.com) and let’s schedule something in!

  2. Lynne   •  

    I loved this post, Julie. Thank you so much for sharing candidly. I admit, I’m jealous. I’ve worked in offices for years & years. I’m grateful, because like you said there are many advantages/much stability, for myself & my family. I’ve been a single mom for years. We need the dependable paycheck & bennies. But, my dream…almost all of my life…has been to run my own business. My dad owned & operated a little Front St. grocery store in our small home town. Maybe it’s in my genes. I don’t feel it’s “just” being a single mom that’s keeping my dream in suspension. It’s not feeling I have anything particularly special to offer. Like you mentioned basically…there’s hundreds of other women (mostly) nearby offering what I could offer & more, right now & crushing it. Who am I to think I have anything to offer…consistently, over & over, every day, for years to come, that would be worth anything to enough other people, to sustain our little family? I know better. So, I keep plugging along in my cubie…hoping someday a side hustle will present itself to my heart & mind…a way to maybe get a little piece of my dream. My sister has a barn where she collects garage sale treasures all year, then she opens the barn doors every autumn & has a big sale. I love this because it illustrates beautifully “another way”. :’-}

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Lynne,

      I hear you, your struggles are magnified because you are doing it on your own, and that adds extra pressure. I’m very well acquainted with the feeling of not having anything special to offer- every time I write, or every time I am thinking of designing a knitting pattern, I think of all the others out there and how the world really doesn’t need anything more. But then again, the world DOES need more – more people doing what lights them up, more people pursuing what makes them feel alive. Your sister’s barn of treasures sounds amazing- she gets to enjoy the art of collecting them all year, and then the pleasure of others discovering her wonderful finds! Not everything has to provide a full time salary. Also, I think we don’t talk enough about the potentially valuable work that we are doing in our day jobs- if everyone stopped going to offices and instead canned jam and pursued their photography and their quilt making, the infrastructure that we enjoy would come to a juddering halt. I think all work is valuable, either for the service it provides the world or how it provides for us. I hope you find a way to do what you love, even if it’s just in some spare time here and there. You might be surprised what you can build out of found time.

      Cheers,

      Julie

  3. Mary Ann   •  

    I took the leap to freelance nine years ago and relate to everything you’ve said (except the co-working space). I’ve had offers for permanent positions and have turned them all down.

    Notwithstanding the occasional bouts of will-I-have-enough-work worries, I wouldn’t trade the flexibility, productivity, professional growth, and leaps in learning that I experience on my own. I started as a communications consultant – editing, writing, strategy – and have expanded my work to include social media training, interim management, email marketing, and blogging about and teaching knitting.

    Really enjoy your posts, Julie.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Mary Ann, You are doing all the things I’d like to do! Well done!! Glad that you found not only a way to make it work, but a way to thrive. Those lean months can be a little nerve wracking, but it sounds like you are doing amazingly well. bravo! Thanks for the kind words on my post. 🙂

      Cheers,
      Julie

  4. Kat   •  

    Thanks for this little peek into how you spend your days! I love my library job, so I’m not giving up office life quite yet. I do occasionally dream of reaching a place where I can cut back to half time and freelance more though!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Kat,

      My mom always dreamed of being a librarian, she thought it sounded like the most dreamy way to spend the day- surrounded by wonderful books and other people who love to read! I adore libraries and would be gutted if all of a sudden the librarians were leaving en masse to go pursue other creative dreams. But maybe one day, if you feel like it’s what you want and a good fit, you can do half and half!

      J.

  5. miss agnes   •  

    I can relate to so much of that. I have been freelancing for more than two years, after a long office career that left me exhausted and on the verge of becoming a total wreck. I was laid off like the majority of my office in Montreal (hello globalization) but after a hard landing I welcomed the change. I needed a break, and then decided to try out freelancing as posting resumes through Internet and never getting any response was just a bit too much for me. I loved it from day one, and yes, it has its ups and downs. I sometimes feel a prisoner in my own home, and have to force myself to get out and take a walk every now and then. I would also love to have work sessions in cafes or in a nice environment, like you do, but that will only be possible the day I get a new powerful laptop.
    And yes, I too work on evenings and week-ends sometimes, as I often get last minute contracts with strict deadlines. I am slowly figuring out how to balance my days and weeks (only very slowly, not sure I will completely get there though). I love being available for my kids any time of the day, for me that’s the best part of it.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Agnes,

      Those hard landings can be rough when life hands us a sudden change of plans, I’ve definitely lived through that as well and it’s not fun. I hope getting a new laptop (or a refurbished secondhand one) that will enable you to work in a cafe is on this year’s agenda- it can be a godsend, especially in the summer months! I read a good tip about making oneself a special cocktail or a sparkling water with fruit to mark the end of the work day, to help transition from working mode to relaxation mode, but I have yet to try it!

      J.

  6. Melissa   •  

    Hi Julie–really enjoyed this post and learning a bit more about what you do and how you do it! I think you know, but I’m a professor at a midwestern U and, in a lot of ways (at least post-tenure) it’s a job with a lot of flexibility. I love teaching and I get to do that often–but not in any overwhelming way. [As an aside, I do recognize that there are so many adjunct and NTT faculty out there who have a much, much harder job than I do! The system is unequal and unfair in so many respects] And I have the time to write what I want, in terms of research projects–again, especially post-tenure. It’s funny, but writing about it here makes me feel quite lucky about the flexibility and stability of the job, even though I am dreaming of venturing out on my own into something more freelance-like eventually. Thanks for taking the time and giving us all space to reflect! Much respect for what you do! ~Melissa

    • Julie   •     Author

      Melissa, you are living the dream! Sounds like you’ve worked hard to get where you are (post-tenure, hooray!) and to have the time for writing and research projects… amazing. It’s funny how no matter what we have, we are usually still striving for something a little bit different, a little more of what we want. I’m so glad that you have the stability and flexibility that seems like the holy grail of working life! You’ve earned it.

  7. Andi   •  

    Everything about this rings so true! I’ve done the full-time traditional employment thing and full-time employment. At the end of the day, it’s all work so both come with upsides and downsides. I’ve found that the happiest medium for me is being half traditionally employed and half self-employed. Working in an office part-time gives me a little of the stability I found myself missing when fully self-employed, and only working there half-time leaves me with enough time and flexibility for the work that I’m most passionate about, without the draining stress of having to constantly hustle. I feel really lucky to have found such a good balance.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Andi,

      That does sound like a perfect balance! I agree, it can be hard to go completely one way or the other, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to an ideal work life. Sometimes the hustle gets exhausting.

      Cheers,

      Julie

  8. Alina   •  

    Such a raw, honest and true-to-life post! Love it so much and thank you for touching upon this subject, looking forward to reading more about it.

    As for me, I’ve been on both sides, I did some freelancing when just moved to another country and was in the process of getting my work permit. And right now I am in the office, it is a creative job, and I do enjoy it. If to compare both periods of my life, to be honest I agree with you that it sometimes feels like “I was being paid to breathe the air and drink coffee between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.”, there are crazy weeks, of course, but freelancing is so so much harder, at least for me. Right now the idea taking some time to do more freelancing and devote myself more to following my true dreams terrifies me… I love the routine and structure the day job gives, I love waking up and getting ready to GO to work, but I do realize that as a freelance I would be much more productive (given I am organized well enough), so it is a true struggle for me, but as you say we all need different things in different times in our lives and maybe right now this is what I need… Thank you again for the post!!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Alina,

      Considering how much of our daily life is devoted to work – self employment or otherwise- it’s a really important subject! I definitely feel that we need different things at different times in our lives, and we change- the evolution of the self never stops. Getting what you need right now is a gift, so I’m glad that you are feeling good about it, but still dreaming of the future!

      J.

  9. Di   •  

    I highly recommend a desk at home to call your own. I was a computer production artist and freelanced 11 years. I also NEVER worked in pjs or slippers. I got up and prepped like I was going in to a job and started each day by 7am. Get a good accountant to figure taxes, etc.
    I charged by the hour so I got paid for every minute I worked. But no paid vacations or sick days. I finally went back due to health insurance here in the states. I lived alone and often I realized I only spoke to my two dogs all day! But I loved it and had fewer headaches:)
    Perhaps there are freelance writing gigs where you work on site for 3-6 months? I had that with apparel companies.
    P.S. You have such pretty eyes peering over that coffee mug!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Di,

      I charge by the hour as well, but I have a tough time with overdelivering- I need to pull back! When I had pneumonia earlier this year it really hit home that I’m only getting paid when I work, there are no sick days, so I understand why people sometimes move back and forth between an office job and freelance. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, for sure.

      Cheers,

      Julie

  10. Siga   •  

    A very interesting post. Also, it’s wonderful that your Guy 😉 supports you along this journey. You are a talented woman, but talent needs work work work to be paid and to become successful.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks so much for your kind words! I’m fortunate to have a lot of support, family and friends alike. 🙂

  11. Katie Canavan   •  

    Loooove this post, Julie! You know I relate to having *multiple* artistic interests, and it can be so difficult to balance them all. I ask myself all the time if I would be happier working for myself, from home, on just a few interests, instead of spending time at a consistent job that isn’t my passion. It’s interesting that you bring up the dinner with your former coworkers – because that is what keeps me at my current day job! I love the people here, so even though the work isn’t thrilling, I’ll stay for a bit longer to be around inspiring folks. Whew!

  12. Jane W.   •  

    Thanks for the peek into your new life! I left a corporate job five years ago so that I could be more available to my daughter as she navigated middle-and high-school Since 2013 I’ve worked part-time for a nonprofit. I have to invent my own projects to keep things challenging in the way that I was used to…there are times when I wonder whether that could translate into freelance work.

  13. Jennifer   •  

    I did the 9-5 office thing for a few years, and I hated it — getting up early (have never been and never will be a morning person), commuting, and having to sit at a desk all day sucks the life out of me. I have also tried freelancing, but I didn’t like that either — just the idea of having to find clients stresses me out. I currently have a salaried position at a small software company, and we all work at home. For me, this is the best of both worlds!

  14. Jane   •  

    I’m on the opposite of this transition right now, so it’s been very interesting to read your thoughts on the difference between freelance and traditional office jobs. I worked freelance for the past few years and have recently started working in an office. A few different things prompted the change for me, but chief among them was the working every day part of freelance. I definitely had more flexibility to be there for the kids’ assemblies, go on their school field trips, etc., but I was also being constantly pulled to work in the evening and on weekends. Now, I don’t choose when I work, so I miss some events, but when I’m home, I’m there completely. A trade-off that so far seems to be working. Not without tear and protests from the younger ones, occasionally, of course. It was better when Mommy “didn’t work”.

    I am also too much of an introvert to work entirely freelance, I think. Being in Brampton, there aren’t as many cool cafes to work from, and you definitely need a car to get to them, which I don’t always have access to. It’s much better for my mental health to have to leave the house once in a while!

    Looking forward to reading more of your thoughts on this topic in the future 🙂

  15. Brenda   •  

    I’ve been doing the semi-freelance/side hustle thing for several years now, and I have very mixed feelings about it. Obviously, I love the flexibility of it, and I also love the fact that when there’s no work to be done, you can go do something else. Because that’s the part I hate most about the 9-5 situation of getting paid to breathe the office air. Sometimes, all your projects are at stages that are away from you, and you literally have nothing to do but kill time at your desk. There’s absolutely no good reason I should have to sit there until things are ready for my attention again, but that’s how it works. And because I tend to work at a faster pace than many, this makes up way too much of my time for my taste. Honestly, what I think I would most love is one of those newfangled work environments where you get paid a regular salary, but they care about your deliverables, not about your time. So when you finish what you’re supposed to finish, you can go home. Because the other end of things — the full freelance — is also not something that I think will work for me, because I just don’t have the personality for the hustle part of the side hustle. Networking and running around chasing down clients? Nope. Things come my way occasionally, and I love it, but I just can’t seem to bring myself to chase them down myself. So yeah? That happy medium of the output-based salaried job? Pretty sure that would be my true work-related happy place.

  16. Laura   •  

    Thank you for this article. I’m currently freelancing as my side hustle and hoping to one day make it my full time hustle, but I appreciate your candor on the pluses and minuses of it!

  17. Such a great post. I wish it wasn’t so hard to eek out a living as an Independent Creative Person. But it is a lot of work. Good on you for sticking it out. Do what you love and thrive.

  18. Kim   •  

    This post is was so interesting to read, Julie! I also am working freelance again as of a few months ago (albeit very, very part-time) and I very much identify with some of what you say, especially the concept of sometimes wondering why you’re pushing yourself to pursue your goals when so many other people seem to already be doing what you’d like to achieve and more. My field is quite different from yours–I’m a yoga teacher–and there’s a definitely a LOT I’m doing that I’m not getting paid for. Basically I only get paid for teaching, not for prepping classes, bookkeeping, designing ads, distributing ads, writing emails, etc. And I totally agree with your point on so much accounting…. I do love teaching though, which right now is what keeps me going, but the point on it being a flexible schedule & trying to establish routine is really tough for me. Right now I’m only pursuing a teaching career part-time because I’m also the main caretaker for our 1.5 y-o and our almost 5 y-o (after school), so while on the one hand I love being able to combine teaching with being there for my kids, on the other hand it often feels like being there for my kids is my main job and teaching yoga is my side gig, which can be a bit frustrating here at the beginning (I’m still losing money due to the sunk cost of having to pay rent in order to have space to teach). I used to do freelance translation and while there the time pressure (short deadlines) was a more difficult factor with little kids, I did like that there was no inherent cost involved in being a translator. But I enjoy teaching yoga more, and I am also an introvert but need the stimulus of getting out so I don’t go nuts alone at home! Also so true the need to have your S.O. on board–there I am quite lucky (as it seems are you! 🙂 ). Overall a really great post, and I appreciate your honesty–very nice to know I’m not the only one who feels the push-pull of desiring a good portion of what I’m doing while wondering at times if it would be less stressful to have a more conventional job/salary.

  19. Renee Anne   •  

    I think my biggest personal issue is that once my younger one is in school full-time (which will hopefully be the 2019-20 school year but he officially starts kinder for the 2020-21 school year), I have no idea what I want to do with my life. I would love to be able to work on my creative pursuits as a source of proper income, but there are so many potential upcoming issues with how things are run (I’m looking at you, US Internet Sales Tax) that I’m hesitant to pursue those. In addition to that, I want to have the flexibility to be able to pick my boys up from school on Wednesday early-release days or be home with them during their spring break (and fall break and winter break and summer break and…). Unless I am my own boss, I don’t know many jobs that offer that kind of flexibility. Luckily, I do have an “other half” that can support our family with just his income…which means I could, potentially, pursue the creativity at a higher level. We’ll see.

  20. Aimee Tedford   •  

    Julie!

    I have recently made the same leap and I guess I didn’t want to wait to be happy. And even though it’s challenging work and there is always the self motivation factor, but overall I think our lives are happier. Thank you for continuing to inspire us in all you do.

    Msg me if your in Cobourg / Port Hope again talking poetry, I was gutted to be in Toronto when I heard you were coming. Hope the kids and G. are doing well.

    🙂

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Aimee,

      That motivation factor is always a killer! Some days I’m super on it, other days it’s sooooo hard. Next I’m in Port Hope/Cobourg, you’re on.

      xo J.

  21. Karina   •  

    Thank you for the post Julie. It does make me think. I’ve worked for the government, in retail, owned my own business with partners, retired, worked for a friend, volunteered then got hired to work for a local arts guild. I am, however, reaching an age where I’m getting tired of the petty squabbles that can happen in workplaces. I don’t know if I’ve got the hutspa now to be truely freelance, but there is something far more appealing to challenging myself and finding the time to be inspired to create, rather than constantly trying to rush to meet deadlines that may, or may not, have any satisfaction for myself.

    • Julie   •     Author

      It’s amazing how many different types of work there are available to us, and of course different things work for us at different times in our lives… but I know that there are deadlines no matter what sort of work we are doing!

  22. Izzy   •  

    I’m a freelance editor (and am also writing a masters dissertation) and I LOVE my coworking space. It’s called desklodge and it’s a fab space bookable by the hour in the middle of Bristol, do check it out next time you’re in the UK!

    • Julie   •     Author

      That sounds incredible!!! I love the rise of coworking spaces, they are brilliant solutions for travelling freelancers, for sure.

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