My Biggest Surprise as a New Freelancer

It has been almost two months since I left classroom teaching and ventured out on my own as a teacherpreneur.  I love being my own boss and feel that I definitely made the right decision.  I was interested in the Forbes article that predicts that “more than 40% of the U.S. workforce will be made up of freelance workers by the year 2020”.

The article provides some good questions to ask before launching oneself as a freelancer.  I do believe that I have the motivation to work on my own however I have made one crucial error.  Constantine Anastasakis, Senior Director of Business Development and Strategy for Fiverr (an online marketplace for freelancers) says that “one of the worst mistakes new freelancers can make is selling themselves short “. This means doing too much work for too little money!  My first lesson learned!

Despite a massive learning curve, the biggest surprise for me was discovering the sense of community in the freelance world.  You would think that people would be competitive however I have found it to be the exact opposite.

If you work from home now, you know it can be a lonely existence but the connections I have made on social media have been extraordinary.  There is no shortage of help, and there are many people who are extremely generous with their time and resources.  This includes free webinars, e-books, videos and advice on social media.

I would like to take this opportunity to mention four people (in alphabetical order) who have been extremely supportive and have provided me with information, motivation, and inspiration. Thank you to:

Candace Alstad – Davies  –

Catherine Dove –

Janice Kobelsky –

Lena Mutonono –

Ray Samuels –

If you are thinking of becoming your own boss, my advice is to not only take advice from others, but give it as well.  Collaboration makes us all better. This is the second lesson that I have learned.

Thanks for reading. Patrice

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