Running A Freelance Business With Rebecca Warriner Of From Roses
I don’t think I can say this about any other blogger, but Rebecca was my initial inspiration for starting my own blog back in 2015. I never really knew that you could just write about things that interested you and make the content just as aesthetically pleasing as it was informative. I revelled at her beautiful pictures and decide to start a small corner of my own online where I could discuss my thoughts.
Four years later and I still turn to her blog for motivation and inspiration when I’m feeling stuck or during a bout of writer’s block. If there was only person I could have participate in this interview series, it would be her if only because of how formative her creative presence online was for my own.
Without further ado, this is what Rebecca from From Roses had to share with me and my readers.
1) How has your mental health affected they way you approach your job/ career?
The biggest effect my mental health has had on my job has been with how I present my work online. I have severe OCD in particular order and symmetry and that has severely affected such things like my Instagram feed and the design of my website. When my OCD has been at it’s worst I’ve deleted a huge amount of content and spent hours agonising over the tiniest details which in reality don’t make a huge difference but for me it felt like my world was imploding.
2) What do you like and dislike about being a freelancer?
I love the freedom that my job gives me, that is something that brings me so much joy in life as it has enabled me to do things that I wouldn’t have been able to do without being a freelancer. Being able to work around not only my mental health issues and my chronic bowel disease is something that I’m grateful for every single day as I know how much of a privilege it is.
Undeniably the biggest downside for me is the uncertainty around money and never really knowing if I’ll get paid from a job. That causes me a lot of stress and worry but I truly don’t think with any job there is the safety that there once was.
3) During a particularly stressful week what do you find to be the best way to recharge and to realign your mental health?
Getting outside with my two dogs Josie and Edie is one of the things that I rely on when I’m not feeling too hot mentally. Once I’m outside my problems don’t seem as big as they once did and it always reminds me that the world is a really big place. I also love to watch a show I find comforting like the US Office, Gilmore Girls, The Simpsons and Grey’s Anatomy.
4) What would you want other new freelancers to know about the process, whether good or bad?
That everyone’s journey is different and no day is ever the same. And no matter how tempting they might be do not read clickbait posts on how somebody made £64353 a month whilst travelling the world as they will make you feel terrible and they never share the whole picture.
5) How do you maintain your motivation when you feel like your journey isn’t going according to plan? (I.e. your dream clients aren’t interested, you don’t want to compromise on the industry you’re interested in only for money, etc.)
I constantly have to remind myself to keep going and doing what I know is not only what makes me happy but what serves my audience the most. It’s really difficult and at the moment the blogging world is a complex place to be, I’ve wanted to give up so many times but it’s not the answer.
6) How do you balance the pressures of social media with your personal goals and image offline?
I’m really precious about who I follow as I don’t like to consume anything that makes me feel like I need to be a certain way whether that be online or offline. And I find the people I do follow tend to keep my goals in check which is a truly wonderful thing but I know how easy it is to feel pressured to be a certain way.
7) Do you have any advice for when you go through slumps with your creativity or motivation?
Live your life, it’s something that sounds absolutely ridiculous but my best ideas come from when I’m living in the real world rather than the internet one. And something else I like to do is to scroll through my own archives to look back on what I have achieved. So often we’re looking forward so much that we forget to look at what we’ve done which is something that I find gives me a push if I’m in a slump.
8) At this point in your freelance journey, is there anything you would have done differently when starting out?
Oh so, so many things. Probably the biggest is that I wish I’d made the most of the opportunities I was offered rather than trying to be so much of a wallflower and being too scared to say yes. I’m terrible at putting myself out there as I constantly worry that it’s annoying.