Listen, guys. There’s a secret that most freelancers don’t really talk about much once they get into full-time freelancing. (& if you’re a freelancer, maybe you already know what I’m going to spill here?)…
(Oh my gosh, the pressure)….
You have to do work.
I don’t know about you, but this was almost comically shocking when I first realized I was working longer, harder, and without as much reward as times past when I was an employee.
Sure, the setting was different (sans hour-long commute and plus lunches at home, etc), but the drive to have LESS fun while making MORE money was always there and always pushing down on me.
And to be honest, some weeks, I didn’t have fun.
But then I had to get a grip. Because truly, what is the point of freelancing if you can’t stop and do something awesome every once in a while? If you can’t make use of that flexible schedule, the lack of a boss, the lack of a need to account for every minute of your day.
Without the highs, why would you ever live through the lows?
I was reminded of this by a timely tweet response from @BetsyM…
So, that’s what we did for a lot of this week when I wasn’t cranking out some amazing work for clients.
As part of JHubb’s IndieGOGO campaign, we made a custom recording and music video of Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” for a very, very generous friend of ours.
There is singing and dancing… and crying… and Josh gets mauled by our cat…. but it is unbelievably entertaining. I also take over the solo with as much class and restraint as a fleshy-faced pug with a waterhose on a summer day.
We release the results next week, but here’s a sneak preview of just how INTO IT I get:
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Have you made anything fun lately? If not, what excuse got in your way?