Post #7 of Safeguarding your freelance business
When I explain what I do I usually get a smile often followed by a “that must be really hard” or “all those hours in front of a screen …“. But there was one occasion when I was told by someone that if a mom of three, whose personal and family circumstances I am not aware of, can manage alright, then I shouldn’t be having any issues with only one child.
Which translates to… feeling as if they world cannot understand a simple concept: Freelancing has no stable working hours.
In that specific moment I didn’t respond to say that a mom of 3 who works in an office and returns home has a completely different lifestyle from a mom of 1 who needs to stay alert, be available, respond to emails while her child or children are home. I am “fine” with getting emails at 22.00 but if you are a parent it’s not easy. Parents who do “normal” non-freelancing jobs know that the moment they step into their homes, regardless of the noise, no freelancing project is going to “invade” those precious family moments.
Sometimes it takes me a while to react. I mean to things people say. What about you?
The only positive thing about reacting late is that the lesson is not only learned but an “official” reply is ready to be served next time. I don’t recall how I responded but it certainly wasn’t along the lines of my now well-elaborated reply which is now well embossed into my mind:
- Freelancing has no stable working hours (simple) or Freelancing never ends (edgy) or Freelancing moms, compared to moms with non-at-home jobs face a variety of challenges throughout the day (precise)
Safeguarding your business also requires that you know how to describe what you do and that you defend yourself. Don’t overlook at how to best communicate all aspects of freelancing. That way, you avoid a lot of anxiety. You need to be able to communicate your thoughts effectively not only to clients but also to the people that surround you. I thought it would be easy to cope with the latter but apparently it is not.
But – hey – the Spring is here and it seems as if the blossoming around us will show us the path to maturity.
What do you think?