Seven Motivational Tips from a Freelancer

Updated on: by Amy Kennedy

Freelance MotivationWritten By Jess Weaver:

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Over the past few months I have really dived into freelance writing. It is truly amazing how many words you can generate in one day. The other week I did about 5,000 words in one day and I was so exhausted afterward. I tend to take on a lot of work, even though I know I cannot handle it all. The reason I do this is because work in freelance writing can come and go in a heart beat. I get a majority of my income from Merchant Circle and recently they experienced a very large hiccup, which taught me a  few things that I never really considered when working from home.


1.) Always keep back up work on the side because you never know when it will come in handy. Miranda always mentions these websites where you can make extra cash and they come in handy when you least expect it. This statement was so true  because my Merchant Circle egg was going nutso. I dived into my workload and even did some 1/2 cent per word writing and very low pay commenting. All of these are small paying jobs that add up at the end of the week and come in handy. Check out places like Slice the Pie and Quicktate for places that you can earn a few extra bucks.

2.) Avoid telling yourself you cannot do something. As a full-time mother and work at home professional I am at a constant battle with myself. I always feel as though I am on a roller-coaster and I’m wondering when it will stop. Most of that rollercoaster is because of me. I worry about petty things and let negativity get me down. We will always have those rough days but try to remind yourself of your motives and you will quickly regain your composure.

3.) Always go for the gold. I have heard a lot of people tell me I cannot do something but each and every day I prove them wrong. I always try to turn a negative into a positive and go for the gold with each situation. If I get a “turn down letter”, I simply apply for five more jobs. If I get a bad audit, I simply look for the next best opportunity. No one is perfect when it comes to working at home. You are only human but humans are capable of a lot.

4.) Redirecting the “I don’t want to work attitude”  into an “I feel blessed to work attitude”. This change of attitude is really changing my perspective. Even though I write for a living, sometimes I don’t feel like writing about mundane topics like those I find at Merchant Circle- such as optical tweezers or bookmakers. But I buckle down and do it. Even when we have a lot on our plate we should feel blessed that someone trusts us with their work!

5.) Prioritize self-care and work-life balance: As I navigate my work-from-home journey, I’ve realized the importance of prioritizing self-care and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Taking breaks, practicing mindfulness, and setting boundaries between work and personal life are crucial for my well-being and productivity.

6.) Network and collaborate with fellow professionals: I’ve discovered the power of networking and collaborating with other professionals in my field. Engaging in online communities, joining industry-specific groups, and attending virtual conferences have not only expanded my professional network but also provided opportunities for knowledge-sharing, support, and potential collaborations.

7.) Continuously upgrade skills and stay updated: To thrive in the ever-evolving work-from-home landscape, I’ve learned the significance of continuous skill development and staying updated with industry trends. Investing in online courses, attending webinars, and staying connected to relevant resources have helped me enhance my expertise and remain competitive in my field.

Bottom Line: Take the time to redirect your attitude and you will see a change in your circumstances.

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September 28, 2011 at 11:13 am

It was a great morning for me to hear #4. Thanks, Jess. 🙂


September 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I kind of needed these tips today! Great, uplifting post 🙂


September 28, 2011 at 6:21 pm

I really needed #4 today. Having a work-at-home pity party over here. 🙂

Katie Jones

September 28, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I definitely need to implement the last tip of advice you provided!


September 28, 2011 at 11:23 pm

As usual, you are spot on!

Leisa Good

September 29, 2011 at 9:52 am

Perfect timing for such a great article! I could not agree more.