Every freelancer needs to have confidence in both themselves and the work that they do, because it’s a fundamental part of making your business a success. And when I talk about confidence I don’t just mean the ability to talk in front of a crowd, or pitch your services to a client, or do Zumba class without tripping over… I mean inner confidence in what you’re doing and why you’re doing it.
I wanted this episode of Out of Office to really speak to people who are feeling a bit lost. Because I think we’re all been there right? We’ve all been in those types of jobs where you’re constantly watching the clock from 9.01am, you’ve eaten your lunch by 10am just out of pure boredom, and maybe the work you’re doing is unfulfilling or you just don’t give a shit about the stuff you’re responsible for. I felt like that quite honestly, most of my life until I was thirty years old.
In this episode, I want to delve into the idea of a side hustle. What is a side hustle and why is it helpful for people who want to go freelance? And how can you overcome the fear of actually starting one and then how can you juggle your side project whilst holding down a fulltime job? I’ll also be talking to my friend and YouTube creator Mikhila McDaid who is talking about why her side hustle will never be a full-time thing why that’s exactly the way she likes it
The majority of people are worried about the future right now, and freelancers are no different. That’s why I wanted to jump right in and talk about the nitty-gritty. I’m not going to ease you in with an episode about how creatively fulfilling it is to run your own business, how smug you feel doing emails in your pyjamas or how empowering it feels to earn money on your own terms because although all of those things are true, that’s not the whole picture.
“Out of Office” by Fiona Thomas is a no-nonsense guide addresses the questions that people might feel too embarrassed to ask about going freelance … like how to raise an invoice, submit a tax return, claim expenses, network, and use social media. Fiona also details why working from home is proven to have a positive impact on productivity and mental health, and why so many women are making the leap into freelancing out of necessity.