Why I became a freelancer

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This is my first post on my business website.


Okay, not a big deal. I know. Except it kind of is. To me anyway.

Before becoming a freelancer, I worked as a communication professional within school boards for 13 years. It was rewarding. I was devoted to the causes I was hired to support: public education, student success and wellbeing. I always thought of myself as a public servant—actually, I still do.

I learned a lot. I questioned a lot. I dealt with frustrations. I celebrated achievements.

Freelance Is the best way to live the life I want right now

I was introduced to the joy and fulfillment a redesigned life could provide while on maternity leave with our second child. My two daughters and I started attending a forest school. We met so many wonderful people and I’ve watched my toddler’s coordination and confidence blossom.

We started volunteering at a long-term care home visiting the residents. This took me into new territory as I hadn’t spent much time with elderly people. I haul two small kids and a bag full of toys to each of our visits, and I enjoy it immensely.

I found ways to get workouts in during the day. Got outside for hikes. Made dinner nightly. Ate nutritious lunches. Spent less on clothing and food.

I made time to learn and took courses through Udacity and now Udemy. I started networking with local small business owners, entrepreneurs and other like-minded people who want to improve society.

My interest in intentionality and minimalism grew. I embraced the idea that there are other ways of living and being. I soaked up all the positivity and decided that’s what I want in my life. I was ready to trade predictability for possibility.

Midway through the maternity leave, I knew I was done with full-time employment for now. I had a vision for a redesigned life.

My freelance journey officially launched at the start of January 2018. My daughters started attending childcare two days per week. I achieved my goal of 10-20 hours per week right away. And we were able to continue doing all the joyful activities I described above.

To help me achieve my goals, I hired a coach who specializes in entrepreneurial parents. Together, we’ve set some targets and she’s helped me understand myself a bit better.

I know what I want

I believe there’s value in focusing on what is right, not wrong, and on what we want, not what we don’t want.

I know I want to work with clients who, like me, want to improve society, bring positivity to the world and who value open and respectful relationships. I want to make a difference. I want the flexibility of taking on projects that excite me and of walking away from things that don’t align with my values.

The future is open

My business will grow and evolve, just as I’ve done through the years.

I don’t believe in fear-based marketing. I won’t use guilt or shame to persuade. I believe we have it in us to be better.

I will continue to question things I don’t agree with and advocate for more positive approaches.

Get in touch if you want to work together, or are also trying to plot how to improve the world. I’d love to hear from you.

18 thoughts on “Why I became a freelancer

  1. Marc Hill

    Congratulations on your first post and thank you for sharing your journey with us. I’m excited to see what happens next.

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    I’m also interested in this topic and have recently started my journey as young entrepreneur.

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    I wanted to subscribe to your newsletter, but I couldn’t find it. Do you have it?

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    Maybe I will add link to your website on my website and you will add link to my website on your website? It will improve SEO of our websites, right? What do you think?

    Jan Zac

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    Hi There – You can create a free blog through wordpress. If you want your own URL, you will need to pay for hosting, but the costs are minimal. There are many articles about how to do this online.

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