The Single Best Way to Get Started at Freelance (Processing the First Step)
Authors Note: I wrote the essay below with no intention of positing in any meaningful sort of way, as the content was created less to inform and geared towards convincing myself to simply write for the sake of it. However, after stepping away for a moment, I decided to post it anyway, if for no other reason than to remind myself of where I’m starting. Thank you.
After hours of racking my mind over this topic, and strenuous research; I have come to a simple on this subject:
There’s not one.
For those readers still with me, I appreciate the dedication and furthermore hope you appreciate the sarcasm provided in the opening lines of this…writing thing? This is day one for me, and I am genuinely hopeful that by the time I decide to stop writing I’ll have made something resembling a point.
Perhaps this is the point at the beginning of anything new. To struggle through my own creative process and discover what I care about before moving on and working towards the all powerful “niche” I’ve read Bloggers discuss that leads them to discovering their voice and audience.
Most of my experience is in the fictional space writing about my own experiences with the added twists of a bad beat poet; I find self-deprecation funny. Though I think it’d be bold of me to assume that that brand of humor would be of any realistic value to a company (much less something like a self-help blog).
I’m writing this today purely on that grounds that I haven’t managed to put anything to paper over the last week and both my significant other, and my liver, are getting wise to my hedonistic tendencies during quarantine. To get even this far I had to get an app called Brainsparker, which was helpful, though I’d be quick to avoid admitting how much I paid for it only to write a piece as meandering and pointless as this one (I would like to note here that I do, in fact, have some level of self-respect/faith in my ability to write, I just can’t seem to remember where I last saw it.)
Getting back to the subject matter of this post, there isn’t a single best way to get started at anything. As with any kind of new job, career, sport, hobby, significant other, there will inevitably be a process that involves sucking. And again I find myself at the beginning and giving up before I start; because I forgot that I need to invest in what I’m working towards opposed to telling myself I’m worthless at it because it doesn’t come naturally to me the way I expected it to…
This is the point where I stop writing this specific piece and get to work reading because I’ve made the point to myself and remembered that I have to walk before I crawl; or more specifically I have to actually post something before anyone can read it. For anyone that made it through this, I sincerely thank you and hope that perhaps I wasn’t the only one that needed the reminder.