It is clearly evident by now that the world today is flooded with numerous competence skills to the point where it’s actually the norm. This has in turn brought about massive unemployment and underemployment. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many careerists today have opted to venture into freelancing. And with that came…
A sweeping trend of mammoth proportions
In the past, freelancers were rare. In fact, one had to ask around in order to get the services of a freelancer, but not anymore:
- Let’s start with social media which has actually brought together likeminded careerists through pages and groups that encourage them to keep soldiering on despite their unemployment status.
- People advertise gigs to each other via social media and thus you’ll find that one is spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the perfect freelancer for a job.
Again, the aspect of freelancing has gone ahead and brought about…
Our young generation is the kind that was fed bad news about the workplace:
- Apparently, it can be very cumbersome to commute to and from work.
- There’s also the issue of professional etiquette versus a generation that’s used to casual dressing.
- It’s quite clear that the ordinary young person wants a great career but not one that necessarily comes with stringent and tasking measures.
- In any case, many young people today are increasingly terrible at waking up early in the morning.
- This is quite understandable, by the way, when you consider the fact that many young minds are simply victims of present day realities.
- When you constantly wake up to trending news about unemployment, a tough economy and an uncertain future in the job market sector, then of course the mind won’t be so excited.
Again, considering the level of bruising and tough competition that’s clearly evident these days, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that young people are avoiding the impending doom of job interviews and are taking matters into their own hands through freelancing. But…
With more freedom comes more responsibility
Having been surrounded by rules left, right and center in school, the idea of being a freelancer seems liberating:
- But it is only liberating to the person who knows how to shape their career.
- Freelancing is not a get-rich-quick scheme.
- It is a job like any other and thus, you’re exposed to everyday career challenges.
- Career stagnation is one of them which, in fact, can be attributed to neglect of one’s career progress.
- If your freelancing gig is marred by monotonous tasks day by day, then with time, the hefty pay might not satisfy as much.
- You might have reached a point where you forgot your true career worth.
- Better still, you may have become extremely introverted as a result of an isolated working environment.
- Or maybe the fact that you’ve never attained a job haunts you to this very day.
How then does one maintain their career worth as a freelancer?
Having considered the challenges we’ve discussed above, it dawns on you that you are your own boss. And as such, you ought to believe in your competence and maintain your career worth by following these three simple steps...
1. Deal with your esteem issues first
I get it: you don’t dress in that expensive suit or drive that sleek car to work. Or maybe it’s the office environment that you work in which also happens to be the shoddy and disorganized place you call home. You’ve had the freedom to be as free as possible:
- But now you understand that the pleasures of freedom are inherently dependent on your career awareness.
- Maybe negligence of your professional etiquette has made you sink this low? But that’s not the bone of contention.
- It’s time to reflect your credentials and remember where you’ve come from.
- The journey hasn’t been easy, but your career neglect has been long overdue.
- It is the ignorance of your credentials that limits your potential, clouds your judgment and builds up low esteem issues out of neglect.
- In as much as you’re not being monitored career-wise, monitor yourself.
2. Work on your surroundings
Initially, I used to handle surroundings casually. I mean, if you’re doing your job, then you can sit on a bed, a couch and get the job done. In any case, hasn’t that been the dream of many freelancers? To work from bed without having to drag yourself to work? That freedom might hold true for a moment but:
- Long term implications of your working environment start to sink in with time.
- As they say, the outward surroundings ultimately reflect our inner wellbeing.
- So it finally dawns on you that your career has been quite disorganized on many levels.
- Avoiding bosses doesn’t mean that you avoid being one. If you aspire for something great, then acclimatize to it.
- Let your workplace look like the office you envision even in your own home.
- This will not only help you believe in yourself, but the professional environment will establish the order of things in your career.
3. Be accountable, mature and focused
Accountability especially in your daily work routine is important:
- Time is your biggest resource at the moment. How is it being expended?
- Are your current resources being exploited to their maximum, or are you simply making excuses instead of decisions?
- Financial accountability as well will bring you closer to your ultimate dreams.
- It is not fun and games with mathematics and thus every dollar counts.
- Such self-accountability requires maturity and focus.
- Maturity in the sense that you don’t have to be disciplined by calamities or pushed around to get things done.
- Just do what has to be done and ignore the distractions as if they do not exist.
- After all, your career worth cannot be wholesome unless it reflects the aspects of accountability, maturity and focus.
I get it: your career journey has been bruising and, as a result, you may hold this fear on the inside that you’re a weakling in the job market sector. But remember, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. As an anonymous tip once put it, “All you have to do is forget what you feel and remember what you deserve.”