Can you believe that it was just one year ago yesterday that I started freelancing full-time? How the time flies! Every day when I wake up, I am so grateful and happy for making the decision to strike out on my own and start my own business. I love being a small business owner and working from home.

freelance life

While some things have stayed the same over the past year, other things with my work have changed. One year of full-time freelancing later, here’s what my life looks like:

  • I’m doing more social media management than editing for clients. This means more long-term work (which is excellent), and also significantly more time spent intentionally on social media platforms.
  • I have more meetings (in-person and over the phone) than I used to. A year ago my correspondence was pretty much all email. While email is still a prominent form of communication, it’s nice to connect with colleagues and clients in other ways as well.
  • While every day is still a little different from the next, I have more structure now: I take the time to tidy and make the bed in the morning, then I do work, then I take a break in the middle of the day to clean and relax, and then I work, and then I walk to meet Mr. Science on his way home from the office, and we eat dinner, and I go back to work.
  • When my eyes get tired from looking at the screen for too long, I take intentional breaks by cleaning and listening to podcasts (which are on topics related to my work). I’ve gotten much better at recognizing when I need to step away from the computer and get away from working, and 9 times out of 10 I’ll do something else that still needs to get done (rather than just kick back).
  • I get out of the house more now. When I’m not transcribing lectures for university classes, I end up going to business meetings or working from a coffee shop a few times each week. And it’s rather nice that Mr. Science is working four days each week at an office—walking to meet him at the end of his workday gives me a good excuse to get outside and enjoy the fresh air (and a nice little walk!).
Starbucks coffee
’nuff said.
  • My blog is a much bigger priority since I started the Elite Blog Academy and became a professional lifestyle blogger. I really like this. I adore blogging, so it just makes sense to me that it should be a key component of my work!
  • I’m connecting more with other small business owners and freelancers to explore ways to collaborate (and learn from one another). It’s so good to be able to share and learn with each other. I’m hoping to build on this over the next year as well.
  • My time is spent much more on actually doing work for clients than searching for work. Hurray! For the past couple months, I haven’t been making an effort to look for work at all since my plate was nicely filled. I’ll be back at it next month, but it’s been a nice change of pace for sure (and a great indicator of success, too!).

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12 thoughts on “My Freelance Life: One Year Later

  1. I’m so happy to hear that your 1st year of freelance life is going well. It’s definitely important to balance working from home and being out (meeting people face to face). I’d find it tough if I didn’t have errands to run and other SAHM’s to connect with during the week. I’m inspired by your post and look forward to updates on your freelance journey :).

    Posted on April 2, 2015 at 12:52 pm
    1. Thanks! It’s a fun adventure 🙂

      Posted on April 3, 2015 at 10:36 am
  2. The best part about this? The majority of your time is spent doing work rather than searching for work! Congrats!

    Posted on April 2, 2015 at 1:20 pm
    1. Agreed! Makes me happy 🙂

      Posted on April 3, 2015 at 10:36 am
  3. Hurrah for making it through the first year! June will mark one year for me as a FT blogger and it’s definitely a learning curve I’m still riding. Working from home is a blessing but not without it’s challenges. I’m still struggling with finding a good routine but am closer than I was 3 months ago!

    Posted on April 2, 2015 at 10:19 pm
    1. And I love that – there’s always more to learn and we can make progress every day.

      Posted on April 3, 2015 at 10:37 am
  4. Congrats! And that’s too funny that your “break” is cleaning… It would be for me too! 😛

    Posted on April 3, 2015 at 12:33 pm
  5. I think I would eventually like to do some freelance work. The only problem is weeding through all the offers to find what’s right for you. It’s great that it get’s you out of the house more, I don’t know if it would have that effect for me. Congratulations on one year!

    Posted on April 7, 2015 at 11:40 am
  6. Through my first year of freelancing I realized how important it is having a good work life balance. I was having some problems regarding the lack of organization and time management in the beginning, but luckily I learnt how to deal with them through creating a steady routine.

    Posted on April 20, 2015 at 6:20 am
  7. Just found this through Pinterest. (yay for traffic to older posts! =D) This is such an awesome post! I love seeing more than just “this is how much money I’m making a year later” posts. Congrats on the steady work and the new opportunities. It’s awesome to see freelancing come to fruition, especially for fellow EBA members.

    Posted on November 9, 2015 at 5:23 pm
    1. <3 Thanks Jenn!

      TOTALLY AGREE about the income thing. I mean, that's interesting and awesome and all, but there are so many other things to discuss when it comes to freelancing and the progress that we make :)

      Posted on November 9, 2015 at 5:27 pm
  8. Loved this blogpost! I’m only 1 and half years freelancing but not full time cause I’m still studying. It’s been a great journey so far. Since thee day I started, been growing and learning great things. Most importantly, I discovered my potential and got to know myself more. <3

    Posted on December 16, 2015 at 4:17 am