The Human Freelancer

Happy and honest self-employment for conscientious newcomers

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When yet another job lands that needs to be ready by yesterday, just bite your lip.

This is the nature of freelancing. Work will often be last-minute and inconvenient.

It happens because someone lets a client down, they’ve been putting something off, or they’re swamped with work. That’s why they reached for the bat phone. They want to offload all that shit onto someone else. Someone they can trust to cope.

If none of this ever happened, and everyone planned everything properly, then your job as a freelancer probably wouldn’t even exist.

So deal with it.

Us freelancers are supposed to be flexible. That’s why our rates are more pricey per hour than full-time drones. It reflects the fact that work sometimes gets more stressful and demanding (and that a lot of our other work-time is unpaid).

Being adaptable to fresh challenges, and reacting with creativity and quick-thinking is rather fun when you think about it.

Not everyone can do that. So give your nips a quick tweak.

Well done you. Again.

There’s another side to all this: always question the deadline. But you’ll have to read the ‘How to freelance for agencies (and keep your principles’) chapter of The Human Freelancer book to find out how.

The Human Freelancer book

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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.

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