In response to a question about being freelance, Kris Halpin just tweeted me a link to this video:
If you’re a musician, or in pretty much any freelance job, you’re likely to have been asked the question in the post title. Perhaps you get asked it a lot. There’s definitely an assumption in certain sectors that doing things in the arts for a living is some kind of soft option, or we do it because we can get ‘a proper job’.
But that’s nonsense, right? We do what we do because we love it, because the things we’re good at, the things we want to spend our days doing, don’t really fit into the pattern of ‘turn up at the office and do the thing described in your job description.
Often, we love it too much, and can end up being really inefficient at the business side of running a freelance business. After all, that’s just the annoying stuff we have to do to get on with the creative goodness… That’s how I end up living a lot of the time…
Today is National Freelancers Day – started by PCG, a professional association for freelancers – it’s one day a year to highlight the contribution we freelancers make to the UK, and to talk about the highs and lows. So comments are open for your experiences on freelancing:
- have you always ‘done what you love’?
- Did you end up freelancing after a conventional career crashed?
- Has it got harder in the recession/under the coalition?
- What would you change?
- What support do you wish you had?