Who are you freelancing for?

Once Renee realised she was freelancing to help the world, she decided to work from the top of it.

Once Renee realised she was freelancing to help the world, she decided to work from the top of it.

 

I recently read a brilliant post by John Soares entitled ‘My Main Goal in Six Words‘. His goal? You’ll have to read the post to find out!

It inspired me to think about the reasons why I freelance. Why did I abandon the security of a well-paid editor position for an uncertain freelance future? What’s motivating me to get up, work alone all day, find clients, get bills paid, go out networking, work on Sheelance and do my very best writing work?

I reckon it all boils down to one question: who am I freelancing for? Or, to put it in perfect grammar – for whom am I freelancing? But that just sounds stuffy, so we’ll go with the former phrasing. {#emotions_dlg.wink}

On a basic level, I freelance for myself. I need to make money to eat, have a roof over my head and enjoy life. No doubt we’re all in business to meet our basic needs.

Further than that, I freelance for the ones I love. To contribute to my partner’s and my lifestyle. I also hope to build my business so I can look after my mum in her old age. If you have kids, you may be freelancing to support your family.

Going wider still, I freelance for my clients. I’m passionate about helping business owners succeed in a tough world. I believe in the power of words to make the world a better, brighter place. And so I use my writing skills to contribute to the community, to communicate important messages and help others succeed.

And on an even larger scale? I’m freelancing because I want to leave the world a better place than when I arrived. Working for an employer, I just didn’t feel useful. The scale was too small. In business, I feel I can achieve anything. That’s why I created Sheelance – to inspire other women to push boundaries, break through barriers and be their best. And by making more money, I’m able to put more back into the world – helping others, so they can help others to help others and so on. It’s my way of paying it forward.

Who do you freelance for?

 

Kat Tate Kat Tate (22 Posts)

Kat is the founder of Sheelance.com and chief word nerd at Kat Tate Copywriting. She is happiest when crafting clear, compelling content for business websites, or writing about health and travel for magazines. Before jumping into freelancing full-time, Kat enjoyed a colourful career as a journalist, PR consultant, online editor and professional organiser.


Kat Tate

Kat Tate

Kat is the founder of Sheelance.com and chief word nerd at Kat Tate Copywriting. She is happiest when crafting clear, compelling content for business websites, or writing about health and travel for magazines. Before jumping into freelancing full-time, Kat enjoyed a colourful career as a journalist, PR consultant, online editor and professional organiser.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nicole-Leedham/1355370110 Nicole Leedham

    I freelance so I don’t keep having to bash my head against corporate brick walls :)

    • sheelance

      Don’t we all! ;)

  • http://ProductiveWriters.com/ John Soares

    I’m glad my post had such an impact on you Kat.

    I really like your goal to “leave the world a better place.” I primarily write for higher education companies, in large part because I do think I’m making the world a better place by helping college students understand it better.

    • http://www.kattatecopywriting.com.au kattate

      It sure did, John! And I can see from the comments on your post that it impacted others, too. Sounds like you certainly are making the world a better place. And what better way to do it than through education? – Kat

    • sheelance

      It sure did, John! And I can see from the comments on your post that it impacted others, too. Sounds like you certainly are making the world a better place. And what better way to do it than through education? – Kat