Posted by: faultlessfinish | October 18, 2010

Banishing the Tyrant

The reasons to go freelance are endless, but one of the most powerful motivators for me was the thought of being my own boss. “You mean I can make my own rules and not have to answer to anyone but myself aside from the clients I choose? Awesome! Sign me up!”

While I have loved almost every minute of being my own boss, I have come to find that I am much more demanding and a whole lot meaner than any boss I have ever worked for (well, almost). If I don’t get up at the crack of dawn to start work because I was working until 3:00 a.m. the night before, I spend the entire morning criticizing myself and bemoaning all the lost time. And when I lose a potential client, instead of going over what I could have done differently and vowing to do better next time, I spend a considerable amount of time worrying myself sick and thinking I will never get another client ever again.

This stops now! We are all our own worst critics, and it’s vital to recognize this when running your own freelance company. So take a deep breath, be proud of everything you have accomplished, and keep doing what you do. Be the best boss you’ve ever had.

On a side note, I had the opportunity to hear several local authors read at WordFest this week. If you’ve never had the chance to hear poetry live, go do it now! Catherine Owen’s voice and words entranced me. I also thoroughly enjoyed the excerpt from Anne Sorbie’s novel, Memoir of a Good Death. She is a talented storyteller and I’m looking forward to reading the book.

Happy freelancing!

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