Confession time. I really felt like throwing in the freelance towel recently.
A new project didn’t go exactly to plan and I spiralled. What started out as an initial disappointment soon turned into full-blown panic that made me question all the work I’d put into my business so far and where on earth I was supposed to go from here.
It sounds a little dramatic now that it’s out there on the internet but I think (or at least hope) we can all relate on some level to questioning ourselves and our businesses. I know it’s not the first time I have and it probably won’t be the last.
The important thing is that I didn’t quit. Instead, I took some time to reflect and made a conscious effort to pull myself out of that negative headspace. Here’s how.
I only really got into journaling last year but I’ve found it incredibly helpful. A lot of people like to structure their entries to help them find focus but for me it’s more of a word vomit exercise. I like to start writing about what’s on my mind and get whatever comes out down on the page. From there I can process and try to rationalise where the negative feelings are coming from.
Focusing on ‘why’
For me, remembering why I started was a super important next step. Setting my own schedule and working for myself is a big part of why I started my side hustle. Am I there right now? No. Do I still want to be? Yes and giving up would set me back even further. Your ‘why’ might be related to being more creative or earning extra income. Either way, reminding yourself of it on a regular basis makes walking away a whole lot harder.
Prioritising enjoyable tasks
I love writing blog posts, both for myself and other people. It’s the thing I enjoy most out of all the services I offer so, when I was doubting whether or not freelancing was for me, I tried to allow more time for it. There are lots of mundane to-dos which make side hustling seem like a chore but prioritising the bits I actually enjoyed made me remember just how much fun it can be.
Waiting it out
Reminding myself that the feelings I was having were only temporary was perhaps the most important part of the process. We all have bad days, we all have days when giving up seems like the simpler option but they pass. It’s been a couple of weeks since I originally wrote this post and I already feel differently. Patience isn’t something I’m usually blessed with having a lot of but in this case, it was necessary.
Have you ever felt like giving up on your business? What made you change your mind?