Welcome back to the Going Freelance Blog Series.
In this blog series I document my journey as I try to create my own business, one that allows me to travel and live more freely. To be location remote is the current plan! But plans are difficult to stick to when you live in a country where only uncertainty is certain (oh, Thailand). It’s not just the good bits. Going Freelance is hard and I frequently run into technical, logistical and motivational difficulties. I want to be as up front about these as often as I can be, because if you want to do something similar and you’re wondering how other people get to where they want to be, I’ll put money on this: They get defeated all the time; they carry on anyway.
That was a bit intense wasn’t it? Let’s move on and cover some basic bits from the last few weeks!
I officially launched my fortnightly email the Journey Journal on 16th September 2018, at which time 10 of you were signed up! As I write this, I’m thrilled to have 35 of you on board. 35 lovely people who want to see more of whatever it is I’m up to. You’re blooming brilliant.
More important than numbers (as exciting as they are) is the fact that writing the Journey Journal is one my absolute favourite things to do now! Each one is unique, each one has a purpose and I love knowing that a group of awesome people are enjoying it. Thank you for that!
Print Competition - Closing Tonight!
So far 17 people have signed up to win one of 3 signed prints.
You might still have some time to enter! Competition closes at midnight tonight (12th November, UK time).
Competition now closed.
I try to avoid playing the numbers game, but there are now over 500 of you on my Instagram and over 200 on Facebook! I’m so thankful to everyone who has followed, liked or shared my work on social media. Every little helps and you have no idea how much a comment or a like will affect how many other people discover that post!
More exciting news:
I’ve found my photography feet!
Over the last few weeks I’ve been practicing in some new photography fields including creating photography and short videos that promote local businesses. You’ll find a selection of these in tonight’s newsletter (sign-up here!).
This is an area of freelancing that I’ve wanted to explore for a long time and I’m so happy that it’s finally happening now that I’m putting myself out there! I even have business cards. Wow!
Now let's see how I did on my aims from last time...
Aim 1: Get ahead of myself - in a good way!
This was in reference to blogging, and I've absolutely not met this goal! I've kept it up weekly (kind of) but writing them ahead of time just hasn't happened. I'm not mad, I understand why, and it's partially down to a change in priorities and partially down to not feeling confident in what I write. I’m telling myself that it’s all part of the process! What do you think?
Aim 2: Launch a product
Looks like it's the same story here my friend! My focus has been on other things (important things) and again, a confidence thing. I've not felt like anyone will want to buy the product I've decided to create - pretty silly to decide that in my head without trying it!
The product in question? Photographic Prints. I’m happy to give them away but I’m struggling to let myself sell them and that’s something I know I’ve got to break through. Ideally before Christmas!!
Aim 3: Ignore invisible pressures
This one I’ve done! Success! Hur-rah!
You can find out more about this in the last Going Freelance blog. It’s a constant battle, but for the past month or so I’ve been winning more than ever.
There’s a few ways I’ve done this, for example bringing the focus of my life back to what's best for me instead of other people, looking at the facts that show none of my negative thoughts have any solid evidence to back them up, trusting my instincts instead of putting all faith in the opinions, or perceived opinions of others. Keeping busy and active has also done a whole world of good.
Goals for this month:
Let’s keep it super simple.
Launch a product.