About Time

The Freelance Writer’s Journey Chapter 3

Today, I watched a video of a 77 year-old writer, sitting in his backyard, explaining some of the psychological and sociological principles behind his recent work. I looked at the description and found that the video was filmed last month.

I decided to look at the guy’s website to see what he was up to. He’s posted on his blog three times this week.

I wanna be like him. Pretty soon, I’m going to be as old as he is. I hope I am still writing prolifically and helping people with their projects then.

The thing that stuck out to me the most after my second week of full-time freelancing was time.

Challenges In Week 2

Jack Kornfield said “The trouble is, you think you have time.”

No, I don’t. Not after starting this new journey. I mean, I get what he was trying to say, at least I think I do. It’s important to take care of what matters most first, especially in the grand scheme of life. Make sure people know you love them. Let go of past hurts and seek healing. Serve the world while you can. That resonates with me at some level, but what I’m discovering now is just how short 40 hours can be when you’re starting something up.

Every single day this week, I had to put things off because I ran out of time and had to go to class or work on homework. That frustrated me to no end. Part of it is biting off more than I can chew when I set goals. The other part of it is not understanding how to manage my schedule quite yet.

I’m not going to lie to you, I enjoyed my freedom from a set work schedule a little bit too much this week. This mostly came in the form of sleeping in too late. Of course, sleeping in too late meant less time to get things done before class started at 6pm. I’m not a victim here. I need to learn the right rhythms and schedule for myself.

The related challenge was focus. Thankfully, there are a plethora of opportunities out there for a writer. In fact, maybe too many. I have a hard time deciding where to invest my energy, since the grass just might be greener if I went somewhere else.

Of course, the grass is greenest where you water it. Part of what I did this week was increasing my investment level on Upwork and saying no to a couple other platforms that seem interesting. If I spend all of my time searching for the perfect platform, I’ll never actually get to work.

Wins In Week 2

The biggest win this week was the sense of community that I gained. When I started this business, it meant a radical shift in who I spend my workday with. 

Thankfully, very early on some people reached out to me and invited me to a small group of freelancers to meet every other week. I also reached out to people I know who are also running startups or newer businesses for mutual encouragement.

There is a unique camaraderie between two people who are giving their best effort to something new, and thankfully I got to feel that a few times this week. I thought I would feel more disconnected and lonely, but so far that’s not the case.

The other win was actually reaching my gross income goal! At the start of this, I calculated how much money I need to bring in on average each week in order for the business to be sustainable. I was expecting to slowly ramp up to that figure over the course of a couple months, but in week 2, I hit it. I’m extremely thankful for the opportunities that came my way. Some literally falling into my lap through no fault of my own.

I’m not saying that I’ll reach the income goal next week, or even the week after. It just feels good to know that it’s reachable, and I’m willing to work to make it a consistent thing.

Final Note

I’m ending the week feeling uniquely challenged and uniquely encouraged. It’s time to fall into a better schedule, continue investing in lead generation, and build more momentum. I feel like I am where I am supposed to be. Despite some of the difficulties and frustrations, I love doing this so much!

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