In case you’re wondering why they hell I want to create a movement for happy, honest freelancing – this post will help.
This is really all about legacy.
I don’t plan on having any children. They’re fucking boring. And more selfish than I am. So I’d like to leave some other small, grubby fingerprints on humanity and the Human Freelancer is an attempt to do just that.
I had a pretty shit time of it in full-time employment too.
So everything in front of your eyes now is part of my, perhaps misguided, crusade to liberate or prevent creative people from becoming salary-slaves in unfulfilling 9-5 jobs.
Talking to people about this at universities and the Human Freelancer get-togethers is an excuse to make an exhibition of myself too. I unashamedly enjoy showing off a bit, making people laugh and getting a reaction out of them.
OK, you might not find me funny all the time but I do.
Finally, it just feels nice giving advice to people who invite it. Chatting to people about their dreams, niggles and passions is a thoroughly enjoyable experience, I find. It’s also useful research for me in finding out what makes newbie freelancers tick and how I can make this whole thing even better and more useful.
Likewise, when I began freelancing I found there was bugger all moral support for newcomers to freelancing. That’s a void I can help fill. First with The Human Freelancer book, now with the meet-ups.
Doing favours and connecting with people is what makes the world go around. I forget that when I occasionally disappear up my own arsehole from time to time, and the Human Freelancer is my healthy reminder of what it is to contribute to society.
LOOK! There's a book full of this shit and more!
Self-help business books perpetuate the myth that success is relentless growth and more of everything means progress. They preach about bookkeeping and market research: things you might need to do of course. But let’s face it they’re fucking boring.
The Human Freelancer book is your antidote: stuffed full of emotional support and insightful advice for vulnerable newbies to self-employment like you.Buy it now