The Human Freelancer

Happy and honest self-employment for conscientious newcomers

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In case you’re wondering why they hell I want to create a movement for happy, honest freelancing – this post will help.

For a start, it isn’t about getting rich by flogging books. That seems incredibly unlikely at the present rate of sales anyway.

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.

The Human Freelancer book

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