How to be really good at what you do

Become a freelancer

I have this friend, who I won’t name, but I should, because what I’m about to say is extremely complimentary. 

We’ll call her Bianca. She lives locally to me and has three boys. They are all very young, yet when we catch up she never seems flustered. Her kids are regular kids but from my perspective, Bianca has them so well under control. She’s one of those mothers. You know the ones. They are, like, good at it.

At the beach the other day, after my son picked up two huge handfuls of sand and threw them in my face while screaming at me, Bianca pulled me aside. “I’m only saying this because you seem stressed,” she said, “But I wanted to let you know something.”

And then Bianca told me she had been taking a parenting course. 

“All those little things that were making me angry, all the yelling, all the fights, have really dropped off,” she explained. “I didn’t have to make big changes but it helped so much to understand what my kids are thinking so I can react to them in better ways.”

The information stopped me in my tracks. Here was a woman, with more children than me, in much more control as a parent. But she wasn’t just lucky or naturally gifted like I had assumed. It hadn’t come naturally. 

She had been learning. 

Bianca shared the course with me and I listened to it obsessively for the next week. Everything I heard made so much sense. It was instantly applicable and we haven’t had a sand-throwing issue since. Yes, there are still family ups and downs but I’ve been able to understand and use a few simple tools that make little things like getting out the door in the morning much more simple.

Learning! Who knew???

Well, I kind of did. It’s just that I hadn’t applied it to parenting.

I admit I just expected I would be an expert mother through a combination of instinct and self-discovery. But it turns out I really needed those extra insights. 

So how does this relate to becoming a freelancer? 

The fast secret to becoming a freelancer

Yes, you’re good at what you do. 

And yes, you can figure things out yourself. 

But if you want to be the freelancer who is cruising, not getting ‘sand-in-face’ levels of stress, do some learning. 

Enlist the help of a mentor, attend some workshops or enrol in an online course. You’ll be able to garner knowledge from someone who has been there, done that and gathered the details about what works. 

The great news is that you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to become a freelancer and get those income balls rolling. 

The pitch part…

In between learning to be a mother who has things a little more under control, I created some courses of my own. 

These are designed for entry-level freelancers who want to lay the foundations, launch their freelance business and set it up for success. A lot of the information is based on the learning I have done as a business owner (because I always knew that there was a lot I didn’t know about the world of business). 

Sign up to my freelancer course and you’ll learn:

  • The first steps to getting yourself set up as a sole trader
  • How to find your niche 
  • How to market yourself and get your first clients as a freelancer
  • What you need and what you don’t need when you’re working for yourself
  • How to set your prices, collect payment and make sure you’re organised at tax time
  • How to make sure your clients get value for money
  • How to start outsourcing once you have enough work on your plate

View the courses here: There’s a free one to get you started. 

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