Shortly before SOBCon08, Deb Ng invited me to write a post at her blog, Freelance Writing Jobs. I’m was delighted to have the chance. It’s a subject I know and writing something wouldn’t take too much time. As part of that same conversation, I mentioned the trip I’m talking May 9 – 18 to the UK for a speaking gig and vacation with my son. I asked if she would be interested in filling as a guest writer on Successful-Blog.
As you can see, Deb agreed. I’m delighted she did. In fact, we get a three-part series!
What Freelancing Taught Me: Part 1 – Confidence
by Deb Ng
The other day I was thinking about my â€œrealâ€ jobs. It seems like such a long time ago but there was a time when I put on the stockings and practical pumps and commuted an hour into the city. I wasnâ€™t necessarily feeling nostalgic for pantyhose and subway tokens, I was more thinking about how I evolved as a professional since freelancing.
Thereâ€™s no team in â€œIâ€
Regulars to my blogs my have a fun chuckle at this, but in the business world I was quite shy. I didnâ€™t volunteer, I didnâ€™t speak up and if someone took credit for my work, well, thatâ€™s the way it goes. Once I started working for myself I realized I didnâ€™t have a room full of people to hide behind. Would I be able to hack it on my own?
Freelancing taught me to be confident. I learned I could be successful without relying on a team, but having friends doesnâ€™t hurt. I learned I could do a job and take credit for it too. I learned people actually liked my work and didnâ€™t mind paying me to do more. I learned to be confident.
Because I was always another personâ€™s assistant, I was surprised to learn I was more than just someoneâ€™s right hand. I had my own hand, two of them as a matter of fact, and they worked just fine on their own. I learned people like me and like what I have to say. I learned how to truly be me.
What surprising things have you learned about yourself? Is there anything more rewarding than the confidence you get in being you?
Deb Ng blogs about the best ways to find, and keep, freelance writing jobs. Why not stop by and say hello?
Tune in tomorrow for Part 2 Be Firm but Not Tough
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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