A freelance writer is always wearing too many hats.
Entrepreneur. Writer. Marketer. There are many more roles an individual must fulfill. Here are a few of mine:
It is always tempting to try to do it all, but I was reminded of the need for team members today when I was struggling with mid-week brain fog caused by too little sleep (the whole being a dad thing) and a need to refresh my business focus.
Cue a phone call from my other half, an administratively-minded, creative person who loves to make lists (See her beautiful face kissing mine above). She was able to take 20 minutes out of her day and help me think through mine as I took a walk around the block (thus increasing my vitamin D intake for the day and getting some needed movement in).
Types of Personalities on Your Team
It is tempting to always do things on your own when you are bootstrapping a writing career, but it really does help to have other people to listen to you, to help you think through your business, and even to work on projects with you. These are some of the personalities that any freelance writer may need to find:
- Designer – Yes, we writers tend to be creative. No, we don’t have time to do it all. An art and design portfolio is different from a writing portfolio. When it comes to creating logos, websites, color schemes and more, we often will need other people to look over our work or sometimes offer us a much needed “save.”
- Administrative Assistant – Ever sit at a computer, staring at Facebook, thinking: “I have a reason that I logged onto here?” I do it all the time. Many times my administratively minded wife offers a great save by reminding me of what is on my list today.
- Idea Sounding Boards – Thinking is hard work. When you surround yourself with people who wish you well and who engage in their own creative processes, you will be able to come up with great ideas and increase them through creative interactions. This post was an idea my aforementioned wife gave me. I also have an idea for a post on creativity that came from my son telling a story about how Nemo touched Captain Hook’s boat and then he and Dory fled from the crocodile by hiding in the whale (Creativity does not have to be creating something new, just improvising).
- Financially Minded People – Accounting is hard work. I love math and accounting, but it is still hard work. When you are busy writing, you need to have people around you who understand finances.
- Legally Minded People – Ditto.
- People Persons – Many writers choose the business because they are introverts who love the idea of hanging out by themselves and writing. If that is you, you will need to ally yourself with some good friends who are extroverts; they would love to introduce you to their friends who need a writer.
Places to Find Helpful Personalities
OK. You get that you need help on your writing journey, but where do you find these people, especially if you are an introvert? The following are places that you can easily find people who want to help you with your business.
- Coworking Spaces – I just landed a new client because of a contact I made in a coworking space. A coworking space is a place to get out from under your children’s feet or find a new place to make connections. If you are a people loving parent, you need to get out from home and coworking is cheaper than restaurants. If you are an introvert, you need connections, and a coworking space will encourage networking.
- Family – Spouses, children, parents, cousins, and even your great aunt are all great sources for proof reading, sharing content, and other necessary parts of a successful business. One of my best posts on The Writer’s Cue connected with several of my extended family members, who then shared the post.
- Customers – Once you land a customer, they can provide you valuable resources, both in finding new clients (referrals) and in their own creative process (as a freelancer, you become a part of their team).
- Friends – I had a friend in college who I loved to sit with. I knew that if I sat with Jackie, I would meet someone new. When you make this kind of connection, do not be afraid to stay connected. People like Jackie are gems, because they usually take joy from helping other people connect. There are other friends who have helped me with cars, with non-profit volunteering and more. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
So, even if you are alone, your freelance carreer cannot be lonely. You need help, and there are many people around you who love you and are willing to help you out.