Support Your Local Freelancer

I’ve gotten a little lax in keeping this place updated on the weekends. Would it help if I said I was leaving tomorrow for the holidays? Good news for you, cause that I means I can tell everyone about my airport experience! So stay tuned, okay?

This post however is about something that’s very important when considering going straight freelance and that is the support of one’s friends and family. Now, I’m sure you’re thinking “Gina, that’s easy. My friends and family support me on this!” And if that’s true, than you are in good company.

But not everyone can experience having everyone support them. In a perfect world, when you tell people you’re going to quit your job and start freelancing, to some (or many) that’s like saying you’re dropping out of college in order to be a musician or to backpack across the world. Needless to say, the support may or may not be there.

In my decision to move out of my hometown of Tucson, AZ to the snowy tops of Denver, CO and giving this freelancing thing a go, I was actually surprised at some levels of opposition. Never mind that I have not enjoyed living in Tucson and have always wanted to leave and that writing has been one of those childhood dreams that kept getting pushed to the back burner, this decision was met with opposition.

So why does someone who supported you on one thing not support you in this? Well, I can’t actually say. I mean, I can give you a couple of hints –

  • They’re concerned
  • The decision doesn’t work with what they want

Hopefully, there’s more number one than number two. The first part – concern – is understandable. We are going through a world wide economic crisis and no matter what the “fed” says, we’re still climbing and crawling out of a whole that has no end in sight. 9.2% of Americans are unemployed, so yes, the very notion of quitting your job – that pays and may/may not have benefits – is a scary one. Many of the unemployed are still looking for jobs, two years later. The prospect of not getting a pay check twice a week is daunting.

For those people who are truly concerned about you, make you lay out the plans you have once you quit and start freelancing. Not a big business plan (that’s later), but a very clear idea of what you’ll be doing. Make sure you know it too, as going in without a plan is not smart.

What about the people who are only interested in how your loss will affect them? This is true for everyone, but these people are a bit more worried about how they can get by without you. Maybe this is your significant other or a parent or even an employer; your absence means they will need to look for someone else to do what you did or they have to do it themselves.

This of course may be one of the reasons you want to freelance. In this case, take the professional air and state the pros and cons on switching to freelancing. By showing people how this benefits you may allow them to see how it could benefit them. Of course, don’t allow them to a. stop you from doing what you feel is right or b. allow them to put you in a position in which you’re doing more work for them, which takes you away from freelancing.

Above all, having support and not having it is a good motivator. I’m glad that the majority of people I know are behind me with both the move and freelancing and are wishing me the best. It’s a sad place when someone doesn’t support you, but in the end, you need to remember that your decision is to benefit you and your lifestyle. Period.

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About Writer 66

Writing since the age of seven, managed to get a job as a copy writer, while enjoying the unsung awesomeness as a creative fan fic writer.

Posted on November 17, 2010, in Beginnings and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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