Five ways to beat the dreaded freelance isolation zone

Posted on: February 9th, 2014

Welcome to guest writer, Marina Gask.

When I tell people I’m a freelance journalist and press consultant their response is either ‘You lucky thing, is it brilliant being your own boss?’ or “Don’t you find it a bit – well – lonely?”. To be honest, it’s yes to both.

The freedom to choose your own projects and not have to answer to anybody is a joy indeed. But there are times when you can feel isolated and find yourself climbing the walls. Here are a few ways to make sure you enjoy the freedom without wasting your day pining for human company and talking to the TV.

1. Know yourself
If you’ve previously spent years working in a busy office and thriving on human interaction, you’ll need to make sure you build some into your day. Take your laptop to the nearest friendly coffee bar and spend the morning there, or arrange to meet a friend for lunch, or schedule something fun for after a work meeting, or join local networking groups like Meetup (www.meetup.com) to find out about gatherings of likeminded people. Or have a work-free day every week to go out and do something fun – all day. Just because you can.

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International Freelancers Day 2012 is on September 21

Posted on: September 10th, 2012

I received an email the other day alerting me that the International Freelancers Day Online Conference is coming back for its third year. The Founders, Ed Gandia and Crystal Coleman, are the people behind the biggest online conference especially for solo professionals. And guess what? It’s free.

Here’s the information they sent me which tells you all about the day:

International Freelancers Day 2012 — Learn More

This free, content-rich event will be held on Friday, September 21. It’s fully online, so there’s no travel involved. And it will feature presentations from 13 top pros and thought leaders in the areas of freelancing, solopreneurship, marketing, social media and personal development.