Freelancers: Don't let others tell you what to do! ~ Lia Marus
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Freelancers: Don’t let others tell you what to do!

I have a confession to make.  I am very susceptible to others’ opinions of me and what they think that I must do. I don’t think that any freelancer – newbie or experienced – hasn’t falled into this trap. Unfortunately, more often than not I tend to take their opinions on board and believe that I absolutely have to do what they tell me to do – eventhough I don’t actually want to do it myself in the fist place.

As freelancers and entrepreneurs alike, we are responsible for building our own businesses. The process is difficult and requires a lot of slog. We – the freelancer and not the person giving the advice – are going to be required to put in a lot of effort and will have to sacrifice much to achieve our goals. So, if we are trying to carry out someone else’s wishes in developing our business what are the chances of us actually wanting to put in the hours that are necessary to get the business to succeed if we don’t have the passion and drive to do so?

Develop a thinking space

Nancy Klein – whose writings I discovered during the Partner for Possibility programme – says that we are not being taught how to think.  We adopt someone else’s opinions and regard them as our own. We do this because it is just easier. But it’s not sustainable.  We might out in the effort for a day, week or month but once we lose the willpower to make this happen we lose the impetus to give our all to our business.


So when you embark on your journey in life – be you entrepreneur, freelancer or employee – follow the path that excites you. Don’t follow it just because someone else has told you that this journey will be a good fit for you.  And if you don’t know what to do? And if you don’t know where you are supposed to go? My advice is that you take some time and sit down and really think what is in your heart and where it is telling you that you should do.

  • Abigail Patrick
    Posted at 17:20h, 08 January Reply

    I totally agree. I’m just starting out as a freelancer and I’m completely overwhelmed by the amount of resources for newbie freelancers and the “advice” given to me by friends and family members who have never even looked into the industry before. I’ve found that whole the resources can be good for a general gist of where to start, I’m much more comfortable and getting more responses following my own routine and leads.

    • Lia Marus
      Posted at 17:27h, 08 January Reply

      Thanks for reaching out and for sharing your story. What line of work are you in?

      • Abigail Patrick
        Posted at 17:30h, 08 January Reply

        I’m a freelance blogger and marketer. I specialise in millennial marketing and small businesses but have worked with brands like Apple and Spotify in the past and am looking to move into social commentary and analysis.

        • Lia Marus
          Posted at 17:34h, 08 January Reply

          That’s a great area to be in. The issue of millennial is close to the heart of HR organisations globally and it’s very interesting how different countries approach the mindset of millenials.

          • Abigail Patrick
            Posted at 17:44h, 08 January

            Definitely, I worked with a global student discount company for a while and spent many hours researching millennial markets and behaviours across the UK, France, Germany, the US, and Australia and the respective industries’ attitudes to them. We found some clients didn’t even know the term “millennial marketing” and are still catching up with them which I’ve always found amusing because some brands are already shifting from millennials to the emerging generation z. The beauty of working freelance is that you can be an international worker and bring the expertise of one country to another and bridge the gap. It definitely gives you the upper hand!

    • tk1208
      Posted at 18:52h, 08 January Reply

      Same here Abby. I’ve found that each freelancer has their own way of finding success–there’s no real set path at all. That’s what makes it so fun though 🙂 and Lia, great post! I’m gonna follow both of you.

    • Abigail Patrick
      Posted at 19:00h, 08 January Reply

      I look forward to it! You too ☺

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