Are you feeling stuck in your freelance career?

You are a woman, you have a talent or skill and you are driven. You have taken the step into self-employment, and you left your 9 to 6 job and became a freelancer.

Everything seemed fantastic at the beginning, you have no boss, and life can be beautiful, you can finally do what you love in exchange at the time you choose for earning a living and have more time for yourself, family, travel or whatever you want.

But then, after a while, you realise that things are not precisely as you’ve envisaged. You have good months and not so good months or terrible months. When you have the opportunity, you get more work because you don’t want to say no, so you end up working more and more hours to deliver. Competition increases, your end up lowering your prices or you end up working more without charging more, and it became a vicious circle.

More work and more work

That is how I felt as I have been there. I am a digital designer and a single mum. I was determined to work from home and look after my daughter. I wanted to be able to take her and pick her up from school. And I’ve managed to do just that. I have done for a few years, but I’ve struggled. I’ve struggled financially with inconsistent work; the market became more and more competitive, so any job I would say yes if you answered no to a client when they needed work, that meant losing the client. So I ‘ve carried one like that. Working more and more and long hours and not necessarily earning more, I was barely surviving, just paying the bills really and many times not getting to the end of the month without being overdrawn. I was always very stressed. Then, one day, my daughter told me: Mum, you are a workaholic.

That was a wake-up moment. I had become complacent of my reality and accepted that I was living each day as it came. I felt very much like I was drifting out in the sea, so the wind would take me to any direction. I had no goal. I was living day by day, just trading my time for money. So in my way of thinking, then, I had to work harder to earn more. I knew that was unsustainable, but I didn’t think I had the skills or talent to do like other people who would create a passive income.

It was then when I started to look for books on self-development,
then watching videos about the law of attraction, neuroscience, and how our behaviour is a direct response from our thoughts. I started to understand that our limiting beliefs keep us stuck and repeating the same situations again and again.

I came across this quote from the American abolitionist and social reformer, Frederick Douglas that said: “I didn’t know I was a slave until I found out I couldn’t do the things I wanted.” Of course, I was not a slave in the real sense, but I was a slave of my own limiting beliefs.

“I didn’t know I was a slave until I found out I couldn’t do the things I wanted.” Frederick Douglas

So I signed up for self-development courses, got into meditation and started my search. I wanted to find a way to be a freelancer and create passive income. I wanted to have more quality time with my daughter; I wanted to travel and to do the things I liked without financial or time restrictions.

Work less, work less

One day, this video came up on youtube from a lady in Australia. She was talking about how she managed to turn her life around from a regular job to total freedom with an online business. Our stories were different; she had decided to change when she was diagnosed with cancer. Another reminder that life is too short. Today she is cancer-free, financially free; she works just a few hours a day, she spends more time with her family a. If she could do, I could do it too.

Mum, you are a workaholic!

I have signed up to the free online videos workshops that I am sharing with you on this page. It is training on how to step by step setup a profitable online business that required just a few hours a day, and you could work from anywhere. I must admit, at first, as someone who always worked hard, I thought it was too good to be true, but I had made a commitment to finding a better way to build a business, so I had to keep my scepticism aside and watched the free online training videos. The point is to work smarter instead of harder.

Keep your commitment

I am so glad I did. I have since found what I was looking for. Today I have a clear mind, creating passing income. I still love digital graphics, so I choose the graphic work I want to do rather than feeling that I have to. I have no stress, and I can work from anywhere. It just gives me that flexibility to get back to do all the other things that I love but had abandoned during my hard years. I have also realised that I am now never alone. I get support from a fantastic community that is available 24/7 to help you to succeed. It makes life so much easier. I went from a freelancer to a proper entrepreneur. And, I am not longer a workaholic!

It is about creating an online business to generate income by doing something that you love, whatever that may be.

I have found an amazing online learning platform that has shown me step by step on how to set up a profitable online business.

If you want to find out how I created an income online in any area of interest to you from anywhere in the world, please sign up to our free online workshops now. START HERE.


Trust me; you have nothing to lose! Only to gain!

Me and my daughter

Can we female freelancers really step into financial freedom?

The Dream

You are professional, let’s say a designer,  a developer, an engineer, or any other profession. You are really good at what you do so you are confident that you can create an alternative life to the 9 to 5, where you can use your professional skills to earn more and work less. You want to be free to do whatever you want when you want.  

The Decision

So when you decide to become a freelancer.  Then finally you’ve made the decision to dive into a full-time career as a freelancer. You had an understanding that there would be some challenges. Unlike a traditional full-time career, you are 100% responsible for every penny you earn. When you work for a company, you have the ability to show up, work for eight hours and clock out.

The Reality

But then, you start to realise that when you’re a freelancer, you suddenly realise that you are dealing with the “feast or famine” experience. If you don’t wake up and hunt every single day, you’ll be in trouble. You compete with many others, and as much as clients like to say they value quality, you see yourself competing in price and in many cases depending on the profession if you are let’s say in technology you are probably being undervalued compared to the male freelancers. Then you get that job and in order to please the client you end up working a lot more than you charged for, you work crazy hours and overdeliver.

The Nightmare

Surely, going freelance was a great option, right? After a while, you realise that you are exhausted and you are burning yourself out and not getting the return. 3Plus Coach Wendy Kerr, author of Corporate Crossovers, shares: “68% of women who start their own business earn less than they did in corporate life.”

The truth is you are just exchanging your time for your money. So if you don’t have any work in one week you might already be panicking about how you are going to pay your bills at the end of the month.

The Change

So, what can you do? These are three things you can do fully step into financial freedom.

1- Look after yourself.

Remember to take care of yourself. Exercise on a daily basis. Drink lots of water. Get enough rest. Make plans with friends, and take a vacation once or twice a year. Know that self-care is a priority because if you don’t take care of yourself, you’re no good to anyone else.

2- Consider other ways to generate passive income

Don’t put your eggs in one basket. Stop exchanging your time for money in every transaction. Look for a proven business model that is healthy where you can generate income with just a laptop from anywhere and not much time is required a day. You may want to change your career completely or you want to run beside your professional career.

Affiliate marketing is a great option, you will need to learn a quite a few skills like creating and growing your mailing list, where to find affiliate programmes, choose your products or service, how to create campaigns and advertising, but once is it set up and you start working with it it is a business model that can be scaled to six figures and more. And not only that, you will be able to use the same skills to improve your own presence online as a professional freelancer.

3 – Learn from the ones who have already done before you and get the best mentors

Female freelancers are entrepreneurial by nature. Develop a resilient spirit to build the enterprise that supports you in the way you want it to. With the right training and the right training, you will get the results and mental support needed to transform your life. It’s all about the journey of becoming the entrepreneur and female boss you’ve dreamed of becoming. Before long, you’ll look up and realize that financial freedom is your reality.

The End?

No! This is :

The Dream!!

Enjoy your new life!

“What freelance job is right for me?”

 

You’ve packed up your desk or cleaned out your locker at your former job, and you’re now ready to become a freelancer. Congratulations on taking the first step to live the life of your dreams. So, what’s your plan?

If you were downsized or just felt that you couldn’t take another moment of working at a life that wasn’t truly yours, then you may not have had time to do all your homework on how to design your freelancer life. That’s okay. There’s no exact rule book or precise timing on taking the steps to regain control of your life. What matters is the here and now and how you’ll use it to map out your journey to becoming a successful freelancer.

Regardless of your circumstances, ask yourself: “What do I really want”?

 

Success boils down to a singular question of want. Of course, most everyone ‘wants’ success. But, everyone also has their own version of what success entails, which means everyone has their own unique path to get there. How do you find your path? You create it.

Where people get tripped and tangled up in the weeds is trying to follow the path of success others have taken or by allowing themselves to be pushed down a path they didn’t create nor want. Now, is your chance to blaze your own path by paving each step with your own unique wants that lead you to your own unique ideal of success. How do you create this path? You make a map.

If you don’t know where want to go how to do plan to get there?

 

Your map helps ensure you don’t get lost or off track. This map’s compass is the lifestyle you want to achieve and maintain. Its geographical points are the things you love.

As you construct your map, don’t think about what others expect of you or have told you about yourself. Take a moment to self-reflect. The worst mistake you can make as you design your freelancer life is in keeping the same unfulfilling aspects that spurred you to make this very change for yourself. Make the opportunity count.

If you are planning for your next holiday you don’t imagine yourself going to places where you don’t want to be.

 

What is it that makes you happy, passionate, motivated, and fulfilled? What can you not live without? What enriches your life with value and meaning? What personal skills and assets work in tandem with the lifestyle you want? The answers to such general questions allow you to tap into the mindset of creating and following your own path to success, which will ultimately allow you to live the life of your dreams.

Now, it’s time to connect the dots on your map by considering more specific wants and any outsider influencers. Do you want to travel or remain at a home-base? Do you want to build your own brand or represent an existing brand? Are you tied to a specific area based on family or personal relationships? Do you have other obligations that affect your course of action? Are there preliminary tasks, such as a certificate, training, or educational requirement, that you’ll need to chart.

What is it that makes you happy, passionate, motivated, and fulfilled? What can you not live without? What enriches your life with value and meaning?

 

Whether your journey to becoming a freelancer was by necessity or choice, the key to success is your map of wants giving you direction to your own version of an ideal lifestyle. So know what it is you want to do, where you want to do it, and how you want to do it so that you don’t waste the opportunity to live your best life as a successful freelancer.

 

 

I hope you found this article useful.  When I started in my freelance career I struggled because I didn’t actually have a plan based on the lifestyle I wanted to have. I made my decisions then, based only on my professional skills and the things I was good at. I did enjoy my career in the creative industry but slowly I became a slave of my own business. I was desperate for getting the next job, I was undercharging, I was working 12 hours a day or more and then once the work finished I didn’t know when I was getting the next one so I then I kept looking for my next job. It was like a circle of events for survival. 

So I saw a video on youtube by a lady in Australia. She was talking about creating an online business, working from anywhere in the world, just a few hours a day and generate much higher income. I was sceptical at first. I had the belief that to make money you need to work hard. Well, I was living proof of how wrong that belief was. So I signed up to the free workshop videos by Stuart Ross that she sent the link to and since then I don’t look back. It is not a get rich quick scheme I assure you. You have to do the work but these videos completely changed my life for the better. The internet offers immense opportunities and once you learn the skills you can run a business, grow and make a substantial income. I was no longer a slave of my time. And that is why I created this blog. I had to learn the hard way but you don’t have to. Just click on the Free Online Business Workshops and sign up?  They are the same videos I started which gave great insights and I couldn’t be more grateful. 

I hope you have a wonderful day and feel free to  comment below or contact me on milenne@femalefreelancer.com

Milenne

Female Freelancer

Helping Women to Reach their Financial Potential as Freelancers.

How to avoid gender gap as a freelancer

Female Freelancer Gender Gap

Tired of the glass ceiling in the corporate world?

Reaching your potential as a professional woman in the workplace is difficult. Women are taking high-powered jobs, however, they are much less likely to advance to C-level positions. Ambitious women are increasingly turning to self-employment, especially freelancing, as it offers the best work-life balance.

Is there a gender gap in the freelancer world?

Unfortunately, the gender gap in pay also exists in the freelance industry. Women tend to charge less than men to get clients; they need to develop the confidence and mindset to charge the going rate. If a woman does not value her skills, the clients won’t either. Women also don’t get paid on time as often as men do. No one knows why; perhaps women are not as aggressive with clients who pay late. It could also be because women are more accommodating, accepting payment methods, such as checks, which people use when they don’t pay promptly.

It is all about Confidence

Reaching your potential as a professional woman in the freelance industry is possible. Just you keep updating your skills. Invest in yourself and your self-development. How are you presenting yourself online? Have you got a Linked in page? What does your profile say? Don’t just put a list of the jobs you had in the past. This is the place where you can really show who you are and what you can do, add all your achievements and why you are the best person for the job. Ask for testimonials from previous clients and don’t be ashamed of bragging a bit just make sure you don’t overdo it to the point of sounding arrogant. There is a difference between confidence and arrogance so follow your instincts.

 

Create a portfolio of your best work and have the confidence and mindset to put forward your work and charge the going rate.  Be firm; if a client asks you to work for a lower rate,  tell them they get what they pay for and you only produce quality work and if your profile is good they would feel uncomfortable with paying you less. They will respect you and more than likely return after finding someone to work for peanuts and seeing the quality of their work.

“Reaching your potential as a professional woman in the freelance industry is possible.”

 

Remember, the gender gap only exists in the freelance industry because we women let it. If you undercharge and over-deliver, you make it tougher for other women to get paid the same as their male equivalents. Get in the mindset of seeing yourself as a professional programmer, photographer or graphic artist who deserves a fair rate.

I hope you found this information useful. I would love to hear more about your experiences as a freelancer. Please feel free to comment below.

In the next blog, we will explore many other ideas about different types of business models and other ways to boost your income as a freelancer.

Have a wonderful day.

Milenne