Perched in its rightful place, withering beneath the ‘miscellaneous’ category of Barnardos’ charity shop in Armley, you’ll find Douglas A Gray’s electrifying tome ‘Start and run a profitable consulting business’.
In his ground-breaking opus, Gray tackles urgent subjects like ‘credit, invoicing and collection’, ‘raising finance’ and the oft-overlooked ‘marketing your services’. It’s like a what’s-what of slicing your soul up into neatly organised, treasury-clipped sections then filing them away into irrelevance so that what remains of your existence is a series of legally-compliant contractual agreements between your hollow shell, misery and death.
It’s the exact opposite of what The Human Freelancer book is about, and precisely why I penned my protest in the first place.
The world doesn’t need any more handbooks on bleeding society dry for greedy financial gain. What sensitive and brave individuals like us need is empathy and emotional support: personal cheerleaders for the soul who reassure you that you’re doing alright no matter what happens on your happy journey of fulfilment.
That’s more like it. And you’ll find ample encouragement inside The Human Freelancer book, as well as practical, relevant advice on putting happiness above ‘determining market opportunities’. Find out more in the book’s prologue.
(Sorry to bash your efforts Doug; you probably meant well, but happiness can’t be found in the shitty mire of tax considerations.)
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