THE SECRET TO FREEDOM IN FREELANCE

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in BUSINESS + LIFE | 6 Comments
THE SECRET TO FREEDOM IN FREELANCE

Freedom.

It’s what we are all seeking.

Freedom from the credit card debt.The distant dream of being mortgage free. Freedom to travel the world. Freedom from the monotony of your corporate 9-5.

Freedom to be spontaneous. To take luxury weekend breaks with your friends or partner. Freedom from the stress and anxiety about where the next project/ client/ $ is coming from. Freedom to pick only the projects and clients that light you up and fill you with joy. Work free weekends/ evenings.

Freedom from the taunting ping of a new email. You tell yourself, “I’ll just have a quick look…” 2 hours later your still online. It’s midnight. Again. You told yourself you wouldn’t do this any more. The next morning you crave freedom from exhaustion and tiredness.

Choosing to work freelance or taking the leap into running your own business is foundationally fuelled by the desire to be free.



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To have the power to make our own decisions and to create our life on our terms.

For me, in the early days of business, the stress in my life had a common denominator. Money. Or more specifically, the lack of money.

I wanted to do great work for the people who really needed me. I wanted to create branding for clients that would catapult their business to where they dreamed of being.

But I was undervaluing myself in what I was charging. I was so focused on being of service and helping clients build their businesses that I was neglecting my own. I was never going to be free if I continued in this way.

In order to be free, we need to be supported by money.

I don’t want to over-materialise this. It’s not about wanting an 8 bedroom beach house and private yacht (but that’s totally awesome if you do!).

It’s about feeling safe and secure. Financial security opens us up to the freedom that is available to us in so many other areas of our life.

Perhaps you want to be free to spend more time at home with your kids. Or you want to support your partner to follow their passion and leave the job that is sucking the life out of them.

It’s hard to do these things if you are worrying about where the next $ will come from.

I know from my own experience, the feeling of freedom is non-existent when you are struggling to pay the bills at the end of the month.

My freedom driver is travel.

I want the time for my family to travel the globe when we want. To experience things as a beginner and learn alongside my boys and husband. In order to do this I need to be financially free.

Are you a freelancer who wants to live out of a backpack and work from a hut on the beach in Thailand? Do you want move out to the country with your family and live a quieter, simpler life?

I’d love to hear in the comments what your freedom driver is.

6 Comments

  1. Melody
    13/02/2014

    My freedom driver is what I come home to at night.

    After all the hub-bub of my stressful in-house design job, I come home and cook, play with my dogs, watch a favorite show with my husband, and freelance. I love the freedom my house brings. We purposefully moved up into the mountains and out of the city to feel the escape of “home.” I love my freelance clients and the creative work I do for my clients. I love the environment, the flexibility, the coffee meetings. I just can’t find the time to pour into making it my sole income and get rid of my full time job. And while business literally falls in my lap due to word of mouth (I haven’t even attempted to market myself yet), the unknown still scares me far too much.

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    • Vari
      13/02/2014

      I love that you have created our own sanctuary at home, Melody. It’s SO important to have that safe and nurturing environment to come home to.

      That’s so awesome that you are getting referrals for your freelance work. Congrats!

      V xx

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  2. Stacey
    13/02/2014

    That’s a great blog post Vari. I’m also a freelancer – a freelance web designer/developer. I have a few freedom drivers – surfing, art and travel. I’d like to be able to surf whenever the swells are up, work on my art when the ideas come and not trying to schedule it :) as well as travel with my family and my dogs. I would love to be living in a hut by a beautiful beach!

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    • Vari
      13/02/2014

      That sounds bliss, Stacey!

      I’m most definitely a ‘beach person’ too. The air and space just does something too me…

      It’s surprising having grow up in Glasgow! But being so close to the beach where we live now in Melbourne, I know I could never leave it.

      V xx

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  3. Clare Greig
    13/02/2014

    What an awesome blog Vari. Being a freelancer allows me to live in the beautiful Australian countryside with my family (as of yesterday ha ha), allows me to travel, do work I love, choose my clients. Why not eh? We can do anything we put our minds to.

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    • Vari
      13/02/2014

      I love this outlook, Clare. I love that you’ve found a way to make it work for EXACTLY how you are your family want to live and set such a strong intention.

      V xx

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