I wanted to choose a topic this week that was related to one of the many things I learned at the Design Life retreat this past weekend. More on that trip tomorrow, folks … but for now, let’s talk about being amazing!

As a freelancer, you’ll wear many hats. Seriously though, like fifty. I firmly believe that because entrepreneurs are so self-motivated, they have a hard time saying no or reaching out for help. When it’s your business, it’s extremely difficult to let go of that precious control, no matter how stressed or overwhelmed you may be. Don’t worry – if you find yourself in this place, you’re not alone. Almost every person at our retreat expressed worry on this exact issue, including myself.

Take a look at your business. What is it that you LOVE doing?? For me, I could get lost in branding, website design & art direction. They’re my favorites. Coding development, on the other hand, is last on my list. I’ve started to take steps to outsource these projects as I know there are many talented individuals out there that have this at the very tippity top of their list. Why not utilize them!?

My point is – don’t spread yourself thin. Don’t be “just okay” at a bunch of things. Be AMAZING at just a few. People will recognize your passion and come to you for those very things. Plus, in the long haul, you’ll love what you’re doing a whole lot more. I’m not at this point yet. Getting there takes time and patience. That reign of control needs to loosen up a bit so that you can take the path you’re meant to take.

* In other news, I’m on my way to Design Camp tomorrow with Emma! Although we’ve got some nerves going on, we can’t wait to share more insight into the freelancing world and meet some of you!

  1. Stephanie T says:

    Great advice. I totally struggle with wanting to be a Jackie of all trades, but it’s time I learn how to focus on my true skills. Thanks for this!!

    • Julie says:

      This used to drive me nuts! Especially the days right out of school, when I was trying to find a 9 to 5 job. Seems like people expect you to do a bit of everything!

      There are those who are “Jack of all trades, master of none” which may suit them fine. But I’d much rather be the master of something.

      Great post!

  2. Amy says:

    Great advice! I always want to dip my feet into so many things, I should stop to think about what I really love doing and just focus on getting really good at that.

    Also I’m so excited to be taking your workshop at design camp, and meeting you! I’ve been looking forward to for months now. I know it will be great!

  3. Helena says:

    This is really useful, thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.
    I guess when you’re first starting out in freelancing/your own business it’s hard to only focus on what you really love doing, but over time it will come. Hopefully. :)
    Gotta be patient, like you said.

  4. Brianna says:

    Wow. I relate to this post so much! I’m a designer/developer hybrid too and for so long (probably my whole career) I’ve struggled with what I love more – and if I should move away from one or the other. But I too love design/web/art direction more than dev, but have a hard time letting go of that too. But you’re right – it’s best to be Amazing at a few things vs OK at some things. Thanks!

  5. Liz says:

    Totally needed to read this today; always such a good reminder!

  6. xanthe says:

    This is a great reminder. Do what you love. x.

  7. petra says:

    a great reminder. thanks!

  8. Emily says:

    Great post, Bre! I struggle with this as well, and for me, it’s sort of the other way around — I like coding more than art direction :) Good reminder that it’s okay to become a master of few at some point and outsource when necessary!

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    As a person who’s been taught to wear many hats since high school, this post is so refreshing to hear! I’m in that stage where I’m burning myself out because I’m doing too many things and feeling lost about what I actually WANT to do. Thanks for writing this post Breanna – it’s so true!

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  15. Rouline says:

    Couldn’t agree more! You have summed it well and in all the right way!! :)

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