How to work for yourself, get clients and build a freelance lifestyle

Who’s the boss?

If you’ve finally decided that you want to be your own boss, but you wonder how to actually work for yourself and build an inspiring lifestyle at the same time, then this is the right place for you – just keep reading. Una Doyle, the motivational, cool and modern career coach who has changed many lives has lots of tips to inspire you with.

Maybe you’re not sure how to work for yourself, get clients and build a freelance lifestyle at the same time. Well, then probably you need a weekly framework that makes you as productive as possible. Una’s advice is to have some thinking and relaxing time before you start with your to-do list. One thing that helps early in the mornings is exercising. There’s nothing more energizing than some physical treats for your body. Pilates, yoga, mediation or anything that makes you feel fresh.

It’s also helpful to structure not only your day, but your week properly. To do that, prioritize your days. Make sure you’re up to date with everything in order to anticipate what needs to be done. As a coach Una’s Mondays and Tuesdays are dedicated to clients and administration. It’s true, as a freelancer you’ll have a lot of paper work on your shoulders. However, creativity and innovation are inseparable part of freelancing. Therefore, there must be a day in your schedule that’s all about development and planning. Last but not least – and maybe before anything else – there must be “blaze days”, as she calls them: days dedicated to media engagement and networking. Because if people don’t know you, no matters how good you are, clients will be out of reach. Be flexible: in our era marked by technology and travelling, flexibility is a must – don’t be stubborn, accept ideas, change schedules and try new things.

It sounds busy, doesn’t it? However, a main part of your freelancing lifestyle should be your personal life. That’s the reason you didn’t want a boss at the first place, right? To be yourself?! Spend time with your friends or a partner. Una says that when you have a person next to you that makes you feel complete, the busy lifestyle of a freelancer is not a problem: because the person you love is actually the one that holds you together in between deadlines and appointments.

Of course, the most important thing about being a capable freelancer is taking care of yourself. You should try to keep yourself motivated all the time. You should find a balance in all the excitement that different projects bring, as Una says, you need “a fine balance between the freedom and autonomy that […] creatives love and having enough structure and systems in place to ensure things get implemented and finished”. However, sometimes the emotional baggage we have holds us back. That’s why we should learn to be ourselves in front of other people, as well and learn from their wisdom. There are always teachers, coaches, trainers, family or friends, or just strangers in our lives, that have a huge impact on our souls, so we should learn to be open. Because according to Una, the best advice people can follow is a quote by Oscar Wilde: “Be yourself, everybody else is taken.”

Well, if you’re still not sure you want to work for yourself and get your own clients, just think of all the positive sides: to work with people you like, to have freedom to structure your life, to do something you’re passionate about and to involve your clients in it. It’s normal if you’re hesitating. Just in the very beginning “make sure you have a WHY?”. From there your doubts will disappear and it will be a time to get started making connections. Use LinkedIn and other social media to attract clients and colleagues. As Una puts it, “instead of trying to dig in the desert, dig by a river so that you can create your own tributary.” Work with and for people. Sometimes work for free.

If you need detailed information on how to start your own business from a scratch, check this recording of one of Una’s talks: http://www.creativeflow.tv/nacue-student-entrepreneur-talk/. Follow Una on www.CreativeFlow.tv and Twitter @CreativeFlowTV, or @UnaLoveCreates. Also head over to www.periscope.tv/creativeflowtv to learn more about tools that can be handy. Finally, there’s the CreativeFlow Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/creativeflowtv.

There are a lot of risks in freelancing and it takes time to build up, of course, but life shouldn’t be only a boring routine. Leave a mark on Earth: a positive one; not only metal cans and plastic bags.

And enjoy your new freelancing lifestyle!

(Based on another great interview, which you can find on the wonderful globeoflove.com) 

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