When I first decided that I would go into business for myself I started off handling print projects for clients. It was a natural progression as my last job was with a print company – and I knew print well. Then I expanded and started providing solutions for marketing and advertising. I also provided in house training for my customers in customer service and sales, wrote advertising copy for a boutique agency and hosted my own seminars – all geared towards helping my customers run better businesses.
Throughout this journey, I would always cringe when asked “So what are you doing NOW?” My immediate reaction was anger. I felt put upon and put down. I figured that by now people would know what I was doing. I felt that by the very question they were somehow poking holes in my ability to actually run a successful business. Of course this was MY OWN INSECURITY rearing its head.
You see I felt that being in business for yourself should LOOK a particular kind of way. I had clients along the way, criticize titles I chose for myself in lieu of Managing Director, or Chief Executive Officer – but I never wore those well. Then there were those who encouraged me to do my MBA – that I would be better respected as a result of that etc. All the while I fought – knowing in my heart this wasn’t me – but still feeling “ashamed” because I did not have a brick and mortar business, with employees other than me, with beautiful office furniture, a view and parking for more than one outside.
I remember one former client telling me that someday I will need to come to terms with the facts and hire others to help me or else my business would not grow.
I just took a long, deep breath and exhaled powerfully.
You see I don’t want to have a fixed office, and all the external signs that prove to others that I am indeed running a successful business.
I have decided that what I want to be is a wealthy freelancer and the lifestyle and flexibility that goes with that! And I am extremely proud of this decision!
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I’m proud to be a freelancer.
I intend to be a wealthy one! 🙂
What about you?