In need of support.
Since firing my only writing client exactly one month ago, I have been struggling to regain my footing as a freelancer. I wrote for the finance sector briefly before returning to teaching yoga as a way to bring in some cash while I figured out my next steps.
Initially, I thought that I was going through a normal transition period. Every six months or so since I started freelance writing, my trajectory has consistently shifted as I got more clear on the work I wanted to do and the people I wanted to serve.
This time, however, felt different. I had none of the excitement found in previous iteration periods of my professional practice. Nor did I have the clarity that usually spurs this need for change. Instead, I felt uninspired and inert.
Hopeful that trying something completely different would help me to rebuild momentum, I began creating a course that will be launching on Skillshare at the end of this month. Even with that well underway, I couldn’t help but feel that something was still missing.
To add insult to injury, I found myself in a few conversations with folks who urged me to consider getting a “real job” and to start thinking about my writing as a hobby. While this advice was unhelpful, it did allow me to see something I was previously unaware of.
Having been a freelancer in some form or another for over 10 years, I have largely been on my own when it comes to professional development. While I have had some mentorship over the past decade, I’ve mostly had to stumble my way through challenges by myself.
So while I don’t need a real job or to stop making my creative practice a priority, I do need support with how to show up differently as a freelancer. Despite being someone who is resilient and self-sufficient, I don’t think I can muscle my way through this one.
The same day I had this realization, I received an email about Seth Godin’s newly launched The Freelancer’s Workshop. Its promise is to help freelancers get better clients while providing invaluable interpersonal support from the other workshop participants.
I signed up and am hopeful that this perfectly-timed resource will help me launch myself into the next chapter of the work I’m doing as a freelancer. I want to keep working as a freelancer and I need to make some changes in order for that to be sustainable moving forward.
So, what support do you need to progress in your profession?