Susannah Breslin On the Secrets of Freelance Job Acquisition
Just because you do not have a job it does not mean you are unemployed.
February 21, 2013 - 3:00 pm
Can you get a freelance job in five days? You definitely cannot get a freelance job in five days if you do not try.
People in their twenties (also known as People Most Likely to Be/Want to Be Freelancers) send me emails on occasion. Oftentimes, they want to know: How can I get a freelancing job?
Most of the time I don’t reply. I’m too busy freelancing.
TIP #1: You’re not unemployed
Recently, a twentysomething I know and like emailed me, and she was like, “I’m unemployed!” And I was like, “No, you’re not. You’re self-employed.” With this easy rhetorical trick, you can go from unemployed to self-employed in under 60 seconds.
Once upon a time, I was unemployed. Really, it wasn’t that long ago. The biggest obstacle between you and employment is your brain.
Side-effects of unemployment can include but are not limited to: low self-esteem, depression, loneliness, anxiety, and paralysis.
You don’t have to be unemployed to be a freelancer — that’s the great thing about freelancing: anyone can do it — but the unemployed may find the gravel shoulder on the journey to employment is made of freelance gigs.
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