In August this year I will be celebrating 2 years of being self-employed, although probably not in the way I thought.
While some friends of mine are being furloughed knowing that they were going to be receiving 80% pay others found themselves completely and utterly stuck – the self employed.
Me, my fiancé, my dad and a large chunk of my friends are self employed because of the nature of their jobs. Ali works in live sound along with a load of other friends their whole income has gone in a matter of weeks for who knows how long. My Dad and other people I know are taxi drivers who are still working because bills and food don’t just wait for 3 months before they get any help.
As for me I’m still managing to get some work, it’s not at my normal level and it is scary. I’m muddling through but still expected to pay full rent (that’s another post altogether).
When you go freelance you know there’s going to be a risk, you expect it but as with anyone who starts a business you never expect a global pandemic and there isn’t really a way to plan for it.
Being a freelancer right now, for me, includes varying stages including:
Panic, panic, PANIIIIIIIIIIIIC
Well known to all freelancers as a common based point.
Ok, it’s ok, I can get through this
It’s going to be fine, everything is going to be fine.
Work, work, work, work, woooooooooork
These are the waves where I can get loads done, lists upon lists are created.
What am I doing?
Accompanied by tears, blankets and a lot of snacks…a lot.
Check in on your freelance and self-employed friends right now, they might need it.