The Human Freelancer

Happy and honest self-employment for conscientious newcomers

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When you’re chewing over the idea of self-employment feeling underqualified is a close second in your top three ‘things to shit the bed about’ after money.

Perhaps you feel compelled to take a training course or a degree to get up to speed and reassure yourself that you’re capable. I say go for it if there’s a legal requirement but otherwise ask yourself this: can you get by on what you already know?

Probably. So what’s really stopping you from taking the leap now, rather than later?

Sometimes re-training is just another procrastination behaviour in disguise. A hangover from your school days when you thought a bit of paper with a grade on it meant something. At the root of your fretting I’ll wager you’re just worried people will think you’re a fraud without letters after your name, or maybe you’ve been comparing your worst against other people’s best in the name of ‘market research’ and think a course will plug the gap in your confidence.

A much more powerful way to gain a head start is to simply talk to people. Get yourself out there in the right places from day one. Even though it turns my stomach there’s a reason why the lizard elite secure their positions of power: it’s the old boys network. Yet us tadpoles at the bottom can build our own equivalent with 100% less getting buggered by the Latin master.

So meet people, do kindly favours and chat positively about what you do (or want to do). Start small and stick at it.

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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