I have a confession to make. I’ve fallen out of love with freelancing. It’s actually not the first time. Since I started, I’ve found myself in this position more than once and I don’t mind admitting it.
I think it’s actually perfectly normal. As someone who works full-time alongside their freelance side-hustle, my business is the first thing my brain considers a chore when I just don’t have enough hours in the day. Sitting at a desk working for someone else for eight of them and still trying to find time to cook, clean, gym, shop (the list goes on), means I often find myself approaching it with just a hint of resentment when I’m not in the right headspace.
Ultimately, when it comes down to it, I love writing though, I just forget that sometimes. I’m really not one of those people who can sit still and do nothing in the evenings, plus I’m a sucker for a semi-regular city break and freelancing solves both of those things for me and more. When I’m lacking motivation, I just need to remind myself of that, that’s all.
If you’re in a funk with your business like me, here’s what I recommend you do to fall back in love with it.
Remember why you started
I love to be on the go and travel as we’ve already established and they’re just a couple of my ‘why’s. Figuring out yours is really the key to keeping on track. No matter how much you’re thinking of giving up, remembering why you started in the first place is one of the best motivators to push through and make it work. Make a list of all the reasons if you have to.
Step outside your comfort zone
I’ve found my biggest surges of inspiration come when I’m scared (in a good way). There’s nothing like a challenge to kick-start your motivation which is why I find taking on a project that’s slightly daunting helpful. It’s all the more rewarding when you complete it too.
Talk to someone who gets it
Unless someone has a business of their own it can be pretty hard to relate to this feeling so finding a community of freelancers or fellow business owners who get it can be invaluable. Hearing that you’re not alone is sometimes all the comfort you need to accept it and move forward.
Make progress with the parts you love
Blog post writing is probably one of my favourite things to do for both myself and other people so if there are other tasks I’m dreading (Pinterest scheduling, I’m looking at you) I make an effort to start with the things I enjoy. More often than not, I find I’ll get on a roll work-wise once I have done and feel inspired to take on the rest.
Take a step back
I’m a massive believer in the fact that you can’t force creativity. Sometimes the words just will not come out no matter how hard I try and that, more often than not, happens when I’m not in love with my side-hustle. When it does, taking a step back is something I’ve found to be a huge source of help. Catching up on Love Island with a cup of tea in hand tends to be mind-numbing enough to allow me to switch off and come back with a fresh perspective a few hours later.
I’m the biggest hypocrite in the world for including this because I’m so impatient but if I’ve learnt anything from falling in and out and back in love again with my business it’s that the negative feelings will pass. They always do and time is all it takes.
Can you relate to falling out of love with your business?