Be Free, Lance | Work Will Come, Relax | Breanna Rose

Do you guys remember that scene in the first Harry Potter movie where the gang is on their final hunt for the Sorcerer’s Stone? Specifically, the point where all three get tangled in vines ( Devil’s Snare ) and can’t get out unless they relax. No? Okay, well you can watch it right here. This is getting nerdy isn’t it?? Oops. Anyway, Hermione tells the boys to relax and they’ll be set free, which is exactly what happened. A little while back, I was feeling the same exact way about my own business. Panicked. For really no reason at all.

This all started during the summer months ( which I spoke a little about right here ) when things were slower around the office. Before I conditioned myself to take advantage of natural work breaks and enjoy the summer, I allowed myself to let negative thoughts seep in. I worried about income instability, paying the bills, not landing the right clients, etc. etc. But the thing is, I still had enough work. The only difference was that timelines and incoming inquiries were spaced out a bit more that usual. THAT’S IT. Naturally, I was making a big deal about nothing, which does happen to the best of us every once in awhile.

You could say I was a bit like Ron in the Devil’s Snare. I was panicking when the answer was right in front of me all along. Relax. Work will come. If you are doing everything in your power to positively market your brand, network, and consistently carry out great work … you are on the right track. Projects will come and go and you’ll have weeks ( and months and years ) that are busier than others, but don’t let that stop you. Just relax and be. Whatever happens will happen. You’ll find your way in the end.

  1. This is so true. Even for someone not freelancing. I’ve been waiting the whole summer for an answer that was going to determine my whole year and kind of my whole future, (even if it’s not something that you can really say since you can always find solutions).
    Anyway, I was really stressed out, waking up at night thinking about it and not enjoying my vacation. Then I realized I needed to focus on something else, started new projects, enjoyed time with my boyfriend and eventually, I got my answer (which was a yes ! Yay ! )
    Thank you for sharing this with us Breanna, I always enjoy reading you!

  2. KAIT says:

    great advice, per usual! i can only imagine the kind of stress and pressure that can come from freelancing full time! with that said, it does sound like more often than not the pros outweigh the cons ;) keep it up and thanks for all of the great posts!

  3. I can’t help but think how important this is going to be for me as I move closer to the launch of my photography business. Lately, I have had negative thoughts about possibly never getting clients. Yikes. Though photography + graphic design are different fields, I would love to hear about how you landed your very first clients + how long it took before you were working “full time” at what you loved.

    • breanna says:

      Yes, it can be a scary thought – but don’t let it stop you from your dream. :) My first clients were almost ALL referral based. My friends + family knew I was looking for clients, so they kept me in mind if they heard word of somebody needing a designer. I also had several friends within my niche ( designers ) that helped me out by passing along client inquiries that they simply couldn’t take on. So networking was great for that, too. Then, after awhile, word of mouth becomes important and those very first few clients spreading your name helps a lot, especially if you made the experience great + did good work.

  4. Quyen says:

    Great advice! I love blogging because it gives me a creative outlet when I don’t have a new client. With blogging, I don’t have time to think about the slow periods, but it forces me to capture the beauty in the every day and in Los Angeles when I am not traveling.
    http://liveitinerantly.com

  5. Rebecca says:

    Definitely something I need to hear (and remind myself of): “Whatever will be, will be.” And yeah, that got nerdy but in the best way possible Breanna!

  6. I’ve been thinking about this very topic myself lately! (I actually did a post about just how hard it is to relax here: http://bit.ly/17X37wq) I’m new to freelancing after a handful of years in a stable corporate environment, so being able to take the busy with the not so busy has been a challenge. I try to remind myself to enjoy those quieter times for a couple reasons — 1. It usually helps fuel my work and 2. I’ll think fondly of that time when it DOES get crazy busy. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Marla says:

    SO perfect, and that was the most wonderful analogy of all time! Seriously exactly what I needed to hear right now, I honestly just sent my best friend a text about how stressed out I am and then came upon this in my Bloglovin feed. THANK YOU!

  8. Lucy says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I think I need to read this morning until it gets into this think ol’ skull of mine. And totally not too geeky, I love it! :)

    Lucy xo | We Resolve Blog

  9. Kory says:

    I definitely needed this right now! Since I’ve started my senior year of college my freelance has just started slowing way down. It’s nice because it gives me the chance to focus on my last year of schooling, but it freaks me out for the exact reasons you mentioned – working with the right clients instead of just anyone and paying the bills. I think it’s really important for all of us to remember to just enjoy the lax times because, as you mentioned, there will be times when we feel overwhelmed as well. Thanks so much for sharing this!

    P.s. Love the Harry Potter reference. I could see this idea / quote morph into a wallpaper!

  10. wow. I’m bookmarking this page. I’m only 17 but I always wanted to do journalism (like a blog or write for a magazine) or become an interior designer. The advice you are giving me is really helpful and I’m going to keep it for the future times ahead. :)

    thank you so much for sharing this with me! :)

  11. Can I just say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you used a Harry Potter reference in a business setting. I am just in the beginning stages of looking in to freelance and have no idea where to start so this was very helpful – thank you!

  12. Katelyn says:

    This was very helpful :) I tend to worry about things for no real reason also. I constantly tell myself “katelyn, it doesn’t matter!” I like your point about if you are doing everything in your power, work will come and you will have success. I need to tell myself that more often. T

    Thanks for sharing,
    xx
    Katelyn
    http://www.katelynnow.com

  13. I was totally geeking out and got way too excited reading this post. That Harry Potter scene is the perfect analogy!

    This is so timely, because I am in that mode right now. I worry about getting clients and pricing, it’s all just so tricky (and scary!). I probably won’t be able to relax any time soon, but this is a good reminder to at least be conscious about it.

  14. fathima says:

    Great post as always! I was in a position very recently similar to yours, but different in that there really was not enough work at all. I’ve read many other articles that say don’t stress it, it’ll come, so while I was panicking quietly on the inside, I also felt confident it would be ok. When this went on for a few months and things got consistently worse and I had to dig into savings, I really started to panic – any advice on what to do in that situation? ie. when there actually is a cause for concern.
    (Things have picked up slightly since, but now I feel like all my income is just covering the financial hole from the past few months)

  15. Samantha says:

    I love these honest and open posts that you write and this is all so true! I think it is really hard to remember when you’re in the middle of a panic but this is a really good reminder and I love the Harry Potter reference :) xx

  16. I totally needed to read this today. :) In September I had my best month business-wise, but these past couple weeks have been much slower and brought less clients. I’ve been planning to move to full-time freelancing next month and the fact that things have slowed down a bit is so scary to me! But like you said, it can come in waves and if we just keep marketing our brand in a way that is honest and true to ourself, we will be okay. Thank you for this! :)

  17. Angel Y. says:

    After talking with another designer friend of mine, I decided to come up with a visual way to lay out all of my projects, budgets, and etc so I can get an idea of what’s to come. It’s helpful in visually seeing that hey things are working out and also allows me to not overbook in the busy months. Relaxing is so important but it’s hard to when you’re your own boss.

  18. Helena says:

    This is some great advice! And I just LOVE how you mention Harry Potter! You make me want to watch all the movies so badly right now – more than I want to work, clean up the house, or go to the supermarket… I wish we could just procrastinate all the time, and still feel relaxed about work. ;)

  19. I am constantly telling the same thing to my husband: as soon as you stop worrying, things will begin to happen. Worry only makes you panic and feel inadequate…

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