What’s holding you back in your freelance career?

Posted on: June 5th, 2013

The tagline to this blog is ‘everything you need to know about being freelance’.

So, to ensure that I AM covering everything you need to know, it would be great if you could take a moment to answer one or more of the following three questions:

A. Where do you feel you have knowledge gaps/a need for information?

B. What is the biggest problem/issue you face as a freelancer/solopreneur?

C. What’s the one thing that would help you become more successful in your freelance career?

Please write your answers to A, B and C in the comments below, or drop me an email, if you prefer, to carole(at)seawert.co.uk.

Thanks for taking the time to do this! I’ll be sure to cover the points you raise in future posts.

9 Responses to “What’s holding you back in your freelance career?”

  1. Alan Bannister
    June 6th, 2013

    A. I need to be kept up to the minute on latest marketing developments and new technology, ie. What is Penquin2 from Google – should I care?

    B. Time: Trying to work for clients/research markets/market myself to new clients/action social media.

    C. Finding a way to get regular work with the minimum of wasted time.

  2. Donna Glidewell
    June 8th, 2013

    A. Technology of setting up a website
    B. Setting up a website
    C. Getting help in setting up a website.

    As you can see, I am really stuck. I grew up before computers. I have used a computer in many ways and have grasped most of it, but this has stopped me cold.

    I really need someone to lead me, step by step through the whole thing. Any suggestions?

  3. Shivashanker Vellal
    June 9th, 2013

    I need a genuine contact to persue with my freelance writing.

    I can cover any subject and I only need writing projects.

    Can you fix this?

    Take care,


    Shivashanker V S

  4. Carole
    June 10th, 2013

    Hi Donna
    Both this blog and my website (http://caroleseawert.co.uk) are both WordPress based which are easy to update yourself. I am not techy so I got someone to help me – both with the design and the build. Drop me an email to carole(at)seawert.co.uk and I can let you know the contact details of the people who helped me.

  5. Carole
    June 10th, 2013

    Hi Shivashanker Vellal,
    It sounds like you need to be introduced to potential clients. Take a look at some of these posts I wrote under the headings of ‘How to get clients’ ‘How to market yourself’ and ‘Raising your profile’.

  6. Judy Adamson
    June 10th, 2013

    A: I will know when I hit one of these gaps but at the moment, I’m OK.

    B: Biggest problem is that the promoting/marketing takes up so much time that I get very little time left to create.

    C: A (free!) Creative Assistant to do some of the boring stuff and free me up to concentrate on what I’m best at!

  7. Carole
    June 10th, 2013

    Hi Judy, I agree that marketing (and social media) eat up huge amounts of time. When do we do our work!? That’s the problem when we have to wear about 10 different hats. Outsourcing (as in point C) is an answer but also costs us….

  8. Dom Leech
    June 11th, 2013

    Hi Carole, I wanted to say thanks from a “freelancer/solopreneur” for the blog. I am relatively new to “freelancing” that being said my roots, so to speak, lie heavily in Digital Marketing from web design to SEO and digital lead generation, if we can help out any fellow professionals (in respect of Donna’s comments we would love to help) they are welcome to get in touch. Great stuff keep up the good work.

    All my very best
    Dom Leech (M.D) Chiral Link Ltd

  9. Carole
    June 11th, 2013

    Thanks for your kind words, Dom. Much appreciated!

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