The hard part about working alone is the lack of
With the exception of our clients, there’s nobody to say
when we’re toast. Nobody to hold our feet to the fire. Nobody to care if we
don’t execute. Nobody to yell if we stroll in to work at eleven.
Nobody to bust our
chops when sales decline. Nobody to give feedback on a poor performance. Nobody
to offer encouragement in a time of struggle.
Nobody. It’s just us.
This causes two problems. First, there’s the issue of
productivity. With nobody but us to answer to, it’s easy to get distracted, hard
to stay motivated, easier to procrastinate and tempting to rationalize our way
out of feeling guilty for poor work ethic.
But the deeper problem, the one we hate to confront, is that
working without accountability makes us feel like welack direction and purpose. Ittrains us to selfishlydo
whatever is most convenient to get what we want, without taking others into
consideration, without keeping our eye on the bigger picture.
Fortunately for us freelancers,
there’s no shortage of coworking spaces, peer networks, trade associations,
artist collectives, mastermind groups and online programs to mitigate
Still, it’s hard.
Sometimes hiring yourself can
feel like winking in the dark.
And with nobody to hold our
feet to the fire, it’s not always easy to get warm.
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That Guy with the Nametag
Writing, Publishing, Performing, Consulting
What happens when you wear a nametag all day, every day, for 4000+ days?
Strangers make fun of you, mostly.
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