This past year has been a rollercoaster for me and, what I now consider, my business. I didn’t start off thinking that the freelance writing I was doing was in any way, shape, or form a business or that I was an entrepreneur, but the more time I’ve spent researching it and learning about what goes into doing it successfully the more I realized how naive I’ve been. Freelancing is not for the faint of heart—there is no steady paycheque, no health benefits, no one behind the scenes managing all the minute details and technicalities.
It’s taken me a long time and a few hiccups along the way to realize that when you are running a freelance business you have to be both the CEO and the employee, and that’s not always easy. Some are naturally better at one or the other, but it takes work and dedication to be able to master both. I’m not quite there yet, and I’m sure many others on the same journey aren’t either, which is why I wanted to talk about a few resources that have been really helping me along the way.
I may have started freelancing in December of 2017, but it’s taken me until now to fully accept that this is my business and not a layover between getting a “traditional” office job like I always think I’m expected to. For those out there who are struggling to look at the bigger picture while also putting your head down and getting the work done, here are a few useful podcasts for you!
1) Letter From A Hopeful Creative
This podcast is hosted by Jen Carrington and Sara Tasker—both women who run their own businesses. Needless to say, they have a lot of experience and advice for those of us who might only be starting out. They have a bunch of episodes, perfect for binging when you’re in need of some serious inspiration, and their advice is actually helpful rather than generic and theoretical. They each also have their own podcasts that are just as helpful, but more specific to their fields of knowledge.
2) Make It Happen
I’ve gravitated more toward Jen Carrington’s personal podcast because of all the interviews she has with other female entrepreneurs. Every story is different and offers a broader perspective on what building a successful and sustainable business actually looks like. The image of a “business woman” in my head is very specific to traditional office culture, but this podcast has really helped to dispel that and show me women of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds creating the life they want to live on their own terms.
3) The Freelance Writing School Podcast
For more specific information on freelance writing and what the journey of building a business from it looks like, I’ve been listening to fellow Canadian, Heather Deveaux. She goes in depth with her knowledge of finding clients, mastering the craft, and any other trials or tribulations that might come along throughout the process. The episodes are fairly short, but do well to give you that boost of inspiration and show you that you aren’t alone with any issues you might be having while building your business.
4) Freelance Writing Success
And finally, the last podcast I’ve been turning to for guidance and inspiration is hosted by Linda Formichelli and is specifically about freelance writing. She’s been in the industry for decades and offers very sound advice on how to approach all the nitty gritty aspects of working with clients and maintaining a sustainable business. Her episodes are also short, but offer just enough advice that you need to move forward with your own goals while still interested in hearing more from her.
Do you have any podcast recommendations about freelance writing?