Who are you freelancing for?
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.
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?