Climbed a peak, now back in the valley
February 17, 2012 7:35 AM Subscribe
Doubting if I am cut-out for freelance/independent work. There seem to be quite a few independent professionals here; it'd be wonderful to hear your thoughts/experiences.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (10 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I am currently in the process of winding up an 18 month contract, with final bits to be swept up by next week. The work trickled off three weeks ago, and now it's just a matter of a few details to be resolved.
A malaise has set in and it's easy to sit on the couch all day watching TV, reading blogs, and going for walks. At the end of the day, meeting friends at the bar, everyone talks about how they barely have time to check their email. My weeks seem endless.
I've been working independently for ten years, and this seems to be a normal part of the process. Huge cliff of downtime after deeply engaging projects. Most successful freelancers I know work on different projects. I typically stick to one at a time, and become fully invested in it.
Normally, these would be job roles, however often the programmes are new for the clients, and thus there is no job role. Besides, I am quite happy with my current boss. :)
I thought I had developed a nice blend between employee status and running my own shop, but as time goes on, these cliffs are getting harder and harder to stomach after projects end. Too much starting over.
Enough about me. Does the community have any thoughts or stories about their own experiences? Am not so keen on advice for my situation, as there's no specific 'problem' to speak of. Rather, I'm keen to hear how others manage to navigate free agency.