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Apr 27, 2019 10:29:04

On freelancing income

by @rosieodsey PATRON | 253 words | 19🔥 | 103💌

Rosie Odsey

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I had been freelancing for about a year. The work was coming in. Good work. Work that I loved.

I was also doing my best to stay in love with the work. It was a balancing act of making sure the work was good, yes, but also making sure I took care of myself - sleeping right, eating right, having personal pursuits.

All I wanted was to do work I loved while remaining healthy.

I was struggling with balancing it all and I realised that, while I had structured my work around having a good life, I hadn't factored in finances.

The irony was that I was a trained accountant, I knew that I should know better, and all the while I was trying to ignore the nagging feeling that I had no right to be doing this. It would be so easy to believe that it's not really possible, I can't really have it all.

I had to borrow money from my partner. It wasn't much. Just a few hundred dollars. But that request really woke me up to the fact that this wasn't working for me.

I spent the morning journalling and wrote this down:

If I do great work then I can charge a fair rate and expect to be paid on time

If I choose to do work out of love then the love rate should have a fixed expiration

If I only agree to what I can sustain then I will have room to do both kinds of work

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    @rosieodsey Based on your realization, what is your plan to move in the direction you want to pursue what you love while still bringing in adequate income?

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 27, 2019 08:24:50
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      @brandonwilson Hi Brandon. The easy win would be to just prioritise those who pay more. I'd won enough jobs for that to work out for me. But it didn't seem right in the long run.
      Translating the last 3 lines into action steps: Write emails or have discussions to set a fixed expiration on love rates. Extend the process for dealing with late payments to be more than a weekly reminder. Create time budgets to help support a new policy moving forward: only agree to what I can sustain.

      Rosie Odsey avatar Rosie Odsey | Apr 28, 2019 10:00:21
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      @rosieodsey Sounds like a plan!

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 27, 2019 18:02:43
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