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Overcoming Limiting Beliefs

Limiting beliefs was the topic of my previous blog post. They’re assumptions or perceptions about ourselves and the world around us that constrain us in some way. They shape our lives and they cause problems for our mental health, but we can overcome limiting beliefs.

How Are Limiting Beliefs Shaped?

These Include:

  • Past Trauma
  • Family Belief Systems
  • Relationships With Friends or Significant Others

It was past trauma caused by bullying and betrayal while growing up. However, I took steps to overcome that limiting belief.

Identifying The Limiting Belief

The first step I took was to identify a limiting belief that wasn’t serving me, “I can’t be my real self or I’ll be judged”. When I was growing up it was a struggled to fit in when I was in school.

The long-term effects of bullying include experiencing a wide range of emotions. These include feeling angry, bitterness, vulnerable, helplessness, frustrated, lonely and being isolated from your peers. The longer you’re bullied the odds of being depressed and anxious increases. Also, you develop self-esteem issues and can lead to social anxiety.

I wrote a post about how to overcome social anxiety. If you like to view it please click on the button below. This post describes social anxiety in more detail and on a deeper level.

Challenge The Limited Belief

The next step was to challenge my limiting belief. I started to become aware that it was not factual, I just believed it was factual. For example I believed that a friendship would fall apart just like when I was in school.

I examined the so-called facts and found that I blew them out of proportion and shaped them to form a false narrative.

When this happened I started to overcome social anxiety by questioning that false narrative.

Replace The Limiting Belief

The next step is to replace your old limiting belief with a new one. I’m using my own experience as an example. I identified and challenged my belief, “I can’t be my self or I’ll be judged”, and replaced it with, “It isn’t my job to please other people”. By doing this you’ll feel like a different person, however it’s important to strengthen your new belief.

How To Strengthen Your New Empowering Belief?

Our beliefs shape our identities and our behaviors. Also, our habits as well.

When you’re transitioning into your new belief you may feel fear and resistance. This may trigger an automatic urge to do an old habit. For example, if the transition is difficult you may find yourself engaging in negative self-talk such as “This is impossible” or “What’s the point” and then give up.

It’s interesting to note that giving up is not a habit. However, you may not be aware that you’re giving up because of habits such as fear of failure, underestimating yourself or others, procrastination or laziness.

When you become aware of these habits it’s important to identify them, challenge them and replace them. For example if you’re underestimating yourself it’s best to look into why you see yourself in that way. Then take action toward changing this habit by assessing your strengths, weaknesses and talents that make you more aware of your abilities or skill up your abilities.

Conclusion

It’s important to identify, challenge and replace a limiting belief. Also, change the bad habits that get in the way of your new empowering belief.

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Sources: 

https://personalexcellence.co/blog/limiting-beliefs/

https://www.verywellfamily.com/bullying-impact-4157338

https://www.fastcompany.com/3058647/5-habits-to-get-over-self-limiting-beliefs

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Limiting Beliefs In A Nutshell

In my previous post the topic was about improving your unhealthy self-perception. However, I’d like to discuss something that’s a reflection of how you see yourself. I’m referring to limiting beliefs.

When you perceive or see yourself in a healthy way you’re more aware of who you are as a person. For example you’re more aware of your strengths, weaknesses, talents and potential and you take responsibilities for your thoughts and actions.

However, when you see yourself in an unhealthy way you’re more likely to be unsure of yourself and your abilities. This can manifest itself as a toxic belief system that inhibits your growth as a person.

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What Are Limiting Beliefs?

Limiting beliefs are assumptions or perceptions about ourselves and the world around us that constrain us in some way.

We’re unaware that we end up impoverishing our lives when we follow these beliefs and this is due to a number of negative effects. They can keep us from making good decisions, taking advantage of new opportunities or reaching our full potential. 

Limiting beliefs leave you stuck in a negative state of mind. They prevent you from living the life you want. However, have you wondered where limiting beliefs come from?

Where Do Limiting Beliefs Come From?

Different things that happen in our lives shape our limiting beliefs. 

Things that shape limiting beliefs include the following: 

Past Trauma: Something traumatic that happens to you as a child can remain stuck in your psyche. When this happens it’s like a record that skips and stops you in the same place over and over.

Your Family’s Belief System: The belief system of your family plays a role in how you view and interact with the world. For example if you’re from a family that values playing it safe in life you might be convinced that you’re not good enough to any other path.

Expectations From Family: You’re raised with certain expectations. For example you’re expected to go to college and get a 9 to 5 after graduation because it’s a safe option. However, you’re more interested in starting your own business, but underlying guilt about meeting expectations and fear of judgement from family can leave you feeling stuck.

Relationships With Friends and Significant Others: Limiting beliefs can impact how you view the world. For example if you were bullied as a child in school, betrayed by a friend or were cheated on by a significant other it causes you to see all people as untrustworthy.

Types Of Limiting Beliefs

According to Inc.com there are 3 types of limiting beliefs. 

Unhealthy Beliefs About Yourself:

When you conclude that you’re a failure that won’t amount to anything in life, this belief will prevent you from being your best self.

Unhealthy Beliefs About Others:

There are limiting beliefs about everyone being out to get you, everyone is untrustworthy or manipulative it can be impossible to develop relationships.

Unhealthy Beliefs About The World:

If you believe that you can’t succeed, because the world is unfair and scary, then it will take a toll on you and make you feel stuck.

In my next post I’ll be offering tips for changing your limiting beliefs and this will include the story of my personal transformation after changing mine.

Have You Ever Had Limiting Beliefs?

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Sources:

http://changingminds.org/explanations/belief/limiting_beliefs.htm

https://business.tutsplus.com/tutorials/what-are-self-limiting-beliefs–cms-31607

https://www.lifehack.org/858652/limiting-beliefs

https://www.inc.com/amy-morin/3-types-of-unhealthy-beliefs-that-will-drain-your-mental-strength-make-you-less-effective.html

https://tomillama.com/blog/limiting-beliefs

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Feeling Stuck In Life (Part.2): Tips For Overcoming Stuckness

In my previous post I was discussing what it meant to feel stuck in life and why you feel stock. In today’s post I’ll be offering practical tips for overcoming the feeling of stuckness.

Why Do Some People Stay Stuck?

Many people end up staying stuck and unhappy for many reasons.

Reasons may include liking or depending on the financial stability that their job provides, they may fear change or fear failure and they may not have the education or resources to make a change.

However, there are some simple and realistic ways of getting unstuck.

Tips For Becoming Unstuck

Letting Go Of The Past: Holding on to the past, whether it’s unresolved baggage from a bad relationship, a past job or from a bad financial decision can cause us to sabotage ourselves when we start asking ourselves “What If” questions. If we look back at these memories and learn from them then let them go we can set ourselves free from baggage.

Change Your Perspective:  After letting go of the past it helps to take a break from your current situation whether you like to hike, go fishing or meditate to clear your mind in order to gain a new perspective about your life. You’ll notice that you no longer feel stuck when you learn how to perceive your life in a different way.

Take Baby Steps: Remember that small baby steps can become big things. For example, you can start reflecting on your life and start working toward what you truly want, instead of what other people want.

Explore Your Purpose: Your life purpose is what makes you feel alive. I’m referring to the you’re passionate about including a job that you enjoy doing, helping others reach their full potential or growing as a human.

Consider Hiring A Life Coach: The benefits of hiring a life coach include getting help with providing clarity, commitment and visioning your success, along with encouraging self-reflection and providing strategies and goals to suit your needs.

Learn How To Believe In Yourself Again: We learn how to believe in ourselves as we develop the courage to face inevitable obstacles, rather than getting discouraged and feeling defeated when an obstacle knocks us down.

Practice Being Hopeful: We might feel stuck, because of feelings of protective pessimism brought on by having a lot of disappointments in your life. However, when you need to change and overcome this negative way of thinking it helps to practice something that inspires hope. These include meditation, prayer or reading inspirational books.

Seek Professional Help: Some people might feel stuck because of an underlying mental health problem such as depression. I know from experience that episodes of depression can cause a change in how you perceive your life. If this is a problem that persists see a medical professional.

Conclusion 

The topic of today’s post came up a lot in conversations among my peers. Some of them are deeply indebted because of student loans, some are struggling to find affordable housing to buy or rent and others feel like they’re stuck because of lack of job satisfaction. 

There have been plenty of times in my life in which I felt stuck. I felt stuck after graduating college, because of underemployment and unsure about whether my chosen field was a good fit. I ended up going back to night school to study subjects such as college physics, computer programming and biology. Taking this small step eventually led to a better job. Its possible to not feel stuck anymore when you have the willingness to take action regardless of your situation.

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Habits That Lead To Success

What Are Habits?

Habits are routine behaviors that are repeated regularly and tend to occur subconsciously. They are automatic responses to specific situations that can be either good or bad.

Examples of Habits

Examples of habits include everyday essential activities such as taking a shower, brushing your teeth or getting dressed for work.

There are habits that are good for us that we work hard on establishing. These include eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep.

However, there are habits that are bad for us. These include procrastination, envy, caring too much about what other people think and apologizing too much.

It’s possible to adopt new habits that lead to success. This can happen by changing your bad habits and replacing them with new ones. It’s interesting that when you create a new habit your brain creates a new neurological pathway allowing you to more easily use those habits.

What Habits Lead To Success?

Success starts with you. 

Factors such as your personality, your motivations and your habits determine how successful you’ll be at achieving a goal.

Here are some habits that successful people adopt:

Finding a Sense of Purpose: When successful people find their sense of purpose it fuels their motivation. It also gives them a definite sense of direction toward what they want to achieve.

Developing a Powerful Daily Routine: A powerful morning routine can include waking up earlier than you have to in order to practice daily gratitude, reading something uplifting and getting active with a morning exercise routine. Also, use your time in the morning to plan your time wisely by block scheduling your daily tasks.

Embrace Failure and Try Again Every Time: Just because you fail at something doesn’t make you a failure. Once you figured out what went wrong try again and you may succeed.

Taking Risks: I mentioned in a previous post that it’s important to learn how to face the fear of the unknown. It’s also good take risks in order to be successful at achieving your goals.

Building Confidence in Your Abilities: Confidence comes from feelings of well-being and believing in your ability, skills and experience

Letting go of the Past: Holding on to the past can hold you back. It not only holds back your own happiness, but your success as well.

How Have You Become Successful In Your Life?

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https://greatperformersacademy.com/habits/10-bad-habits-that-will-hold-you-back-from-being-successful

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Becoming Mindful of Success, Part.1 (Factors That Lead To Overall Success)

This will be the first of a two part post about success.

What is Success?


Success is defined as the accomplishment of a goal or purpose. It can also refer to a person or thing that achieves a desired goal or attains prosperity. It’s important for boosting confidence, security, a sense of well-being, hope and leadership. 

Examples of Success?

Success means different things to different people. It’s the achievement of something desired; whether it’s weath, happiness or well-being.


Examples of Success include:

  • Having a great job
  • Having a happy marriage
  • Having a lot of money
  • Finally being able to finish a puzzle
  • Successfully overcoming an anxiety disorder
  • Successfully losing 50 pounds

What Factors Lead To Success?

We live in a world where success is measured mainly through money; this is the first thing that comes to mind when we think of success and for a lot of people it’s the only way success is measured. Material success is important; it drives creativity along with economic and social advancement. 

However, it’s important to be aware that when money becomes the only criterion to measure success other factors are overlooked such as your happiness, well-being and wisdom that contribute to an overall successful life.


Some factors that are overlooked include:


Courage During Adversity: Adversity is discouraging and exhausting. It can leave us overwhelmed by fear and unable to move forward. Courage is the ability to do something you fear and by having the courage to face adversity you’re on your way to success.

Self-Control: Success can be due to the amount of self-control you have. Have you ever tried losing weight and changing your diet, but at the same time struggling with compulsive eating? If you have enough self-control you can successfully change your habits and lose weight.


Level of Learning and Knowledge: Successful people are always learning new things and they are knowledgeable in a wide array of disciplines. It’s a myth that learning stops when you finish school and the more you learn the more successful you become.


Life Satisfaction and Good Health: Increasing your life satisfaction and feeling fulfilled leads to a happy and successful life. This can be achieved by focusing on the positive, relieving stress and not being afraid to take out for yourself. There is nothing more important for achieving success than good health; whether it’s good physical health or good mental health where anxiety is at a minimum.


Spiritual Success: Spiritual success means being in touch with who you truly are and it can refer to our character and integrity. It can also refer to the qualities of our success such as discipline, honesty, loyalty and love.


Where Have You Found Success in Your Life?

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Sources:

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/importance-of-success_b_837924

https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2013-12/25/content_17194820.htm

https://fac.ksu.edu.sa/adalayed/publication/66617

https://www.australianacademicpress.com.au/aap_blog/post/courage-in-adversity

https://lifehacker.com/success-is-controlling-how-you-spend-your-time-1682657639

https://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-be-successful-in-life-4165743

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What is a Digital Nomad?

In this blog I’ll be exploring the interesting lifestyle of the Digital Nomad.

We live in a time where we’re anxious about feeling unfulfilled and stuck in life. These feelings can be the result of lack of career satisfaction and not tapping into our full potential due to feeling stuck in a toxic 9 to 5 job that has limited growth potential unless we go into debt to acquire more education credentials. Even with more credentials career growth and even job security aren’t always guaranteed.

There has been an increase in the number of entrepreneurs and freelancers as a result of layoffs due corporate downsizing, the desire to be our own boss, the desire to have a flexible schedule the allow us to work anywhere due to improved technologies and also to fill in the gaps created by the lack of fulfillment.

When all of these factors are put together we get the Digital Nomad.

What is a Digital Nomad?

A digital nomad is usually a self-employed person who uses telecommunication technologies to earn a living and lives in a nomadic way. 

What is The Difference Between a Digital Nomad and a Freelancer?


Both types of employment are about being location independent and working remotely, however they’re not the same. Being a Digital Nomad requires that you quickly adapt to working in another region or part of the world with people from different cultures and traditions vs. Being a Freelancer that doesn’t require you to travel.

A digital nomad is a worker that works remotely in:

Foreign Countries: Popular foreign locations for digital nomads including:

  • Thailand
  • Colombia
  • Mexico
  • Bali
  • Canary Islands

Coffee Shops: Digital Nomads and freelancers in general tend to work a lot in coffee shops. They enjoy the relaxing and cozy vibe along with free Wi-Fi. Many freelancers, also use coffee shops to connect and network with potential clients.

Public Libraries: The public library is among the quietest and cheapest locations for Digital Nomads to work.

Co-Working Spaces: Co-working spaces are basically shared offices for Digital Nomads that offer amentities found in an office such as meeting rooms, hot-rooms, wi-Fi connections and kitchen areas.

Recreational Vehicles: Digital Nomads don’t necessarily have to go abroad. There are some in the United States that are location independent thanks to living out of Recreational Vehicles (RVs).

How Many Digital Nomads Are There?

It is estimated that almost 5 million people worldwide are Digital Nomads and there are many more aspiring to become nomadic in the coming years.

What Do You Need To Become a Digital Nomad?

According to locationindie.com these are some of the things you need to do to become a Digital Nomad.

Here’s how to become a Digital Nomad:

Begin With Severing Local Ties: I’m not referring to severing ties with friends, instead I’m discussing the things in your life that are tying you down to a location.

Including:

  • Long-Term Apartment Lease
  • Vehicle Lease
  • Gym Membership
  • Subscription Services
  • Unneeded Junk
  • Any Debt

Become Part of a Digital Nomad Community: When you’re starting out as a Digital Nomad it helps to start networking with as many like-minded people as possible. This can be achieved by joining social media groups and forums in order to get advice from other people. There’s a popular digital nomad community called Location Indie that will help you and provide you with a wealth of knowledge that will help you along the way.

Identify your Marketable Skills: This is a big one, because Digital Nomads make their living by monetizing their skills online.

Become a Freelancer: When you become a Freelancer you’re essentially location independent although travel is not required. Platforms such as UpWork or RemoteOK post jobs that are remote or location independent and they can help you get started in finding work in whatever field you work in. Once you get good at working remotely at home or a public place then it’s time to take the next step and become a Digital Nomad.

Create a Plan: When you create a plan to become a Digital Nomad this can include:

  • Making Sure Your Finances are in Order
  • Having a Plan on How To Acquire Clients
  • Decide on What Lifestyle You Want
  • Decide Where Your First Destination Will Be

What Work Do Digital Nomads Do?

Most common digital nomad careers:

  • Web or App Development
  • eCommerce Entrepreneurship
  • Online Marketing
  • Infopreneurship, Blogging and Affiliate Marketing
  • Copywriting/Content Writing
  • Web, UI and Graphic Design
  • Coaching & Consulting
  • Software Entrepreneurship

How Much Do Digital Nomads Earn?

According to www.techrepublic.com Almost ⅕ of Digital Nomads can command a high salary of at least $100,000 per year and another 1/4 command a salary from $50,000 to $99,999 per year which is above the median salary of your average 9 to 5 worker.

Is it Legal to be a Digital Nomad?

Yes! It is legal to be a Digital Nomad. It is a requirement in other countries to periodically leave and come back in order to apply for a new visa.

What are the Pros of Being a Digital Nomad?

The pros of being a Digital Nomad:

Flexible Office Space: Have you ever that trapped feeling of having to work in the same sterile office cubicle every day? Digital Nomads can choose their own working environments. Due to the improvements made to Wi-Fi and internet access all over the world it’s possible to pick the type of work environment you want. Whether it’s at a hostel in Thailand, a coffee shop in Colombia or a beach in Bali. Being a Digital Nomad can give you that kind of freedom. 

Set Your Own Hours and Workloads While Seeing The World: The 9 to 5 is not for everyone. Digital nomads can set their own work hours. Also, just like with freelancing digital nomads can mange their own workloads. Digital Nomads can see the world while working remotely.

Less Stressful Work Environment: Have you ever been in a work environment that was stressful. Work stressors can include long hours, heavy work load and conflicts with co-workers and bosses. These problems can result in work related depression, anxiety and sleep problems.

No Commuting or Dressing Up: Since Digital Nomads are workplace independent they don’t have to endure the long tiring commutes that most 9 to 5 workers have to endure. Digital nomads can dress any way they like. If you want to work on the beach in a bathing suit or dress casual while working in a shared work space you can do that.

What are The Cons of Being a Digital Nomad?

The cons of being a digital nomad:

Bureaucracy and Other Travel Related Problems: There are some countries where it’s hard to get a work visa due to bureaucracy and red tape. If you know how to work around this you’ll stay out of trouble abroad.

Other travel related problems can include:

  • Being Taken Advantage Of
  • Travel Related Stress and Anxiety
  • Fear of The Unknown

Regardless of where your destination is it’s important to plan ahead for any potential problem in order to minimize the amount of stress and anxiety that can result from the unexpected.

No Guaranteed Income or Health Benefits: Your income is hardly ever guaranteed if you’re a freelancer or a digital nomad. When you’re first starting out you may have potential clients lined up and after that you may not have any, so it’s important that you have good acquisition and networking skills in order to keep up. Since Digital Nomads are self-employed there’s no employer provided health benefits, so there are many that rely on travel insurance instead.

Must be Used To Hard Work and Must Be Self-Motivated: Despite not working a 9 to 5 job; it’s not necessarily easier than working for someone. When you’re starting out you have to work harder to get yourself off the ground and even after that it’s usually a seven day work week and no holidays. Many digital nomads develop a work-life balance that can make every day feel like a holiday. I used to be self employed and it’s harder than it looks. There are so many distractions that can interfere with your productivity so it’s important to be self-motivated.

Communication Can Be Difficult: There are many places around the world that have to deal with frequent power and internet outages. Another challenge is finding out that your device is not compatible with the local network frequencies, so it’s important to find out what you need to do before you head for a particular destination.

Can Be Lonely: When you’re a digital nomad you meet all kinds of interesting people all over the world, but you don’t always form long term connections with other people. It’s especially hard when you only socialize with other Digital Nomads. It also gets lonely when you are missing family and friends from back home. However, with the rise of of platforms such as Skype and Face Time it’s easier than ever before to communicate with loved ones remotely.

Burnout: Constantly moving from place to place comes with its own set of problems that become increasingly annoying with time. For many people being a digital nomad is a lifestyle that allows for the freedom of being able to be your own boss while seeing the world, but it can be exhausting. A typical digital nomad will hang out in a city or country for a few weeks before moving on to the next. You’re finishing up one assignment one day and then the next you must get up and move again to another one. Many people enjoy this life, but for others it gets old after awhile. 

Being Questioned by Other People: The advantages and disadvantages of the Digital Nomad lifestyle is not always apparent to everyone. It’s common to be in situations in which you’ll be asked some potentially irritating questions.

Questions include:

  • When are you going to settle down?
  • When are you going to get a “real” job?
  • Is it dangerous to travel?

These type of questions can be irritating, but they do help do discover your values and question whether being a Digital Nomad is right for you.

Conclusion

The purpose of this blog is to give you an inside look into the alternative lifestyle of being a Digital Nomad.

It is being driven by a combination of factors such as:

  • Freelancing and Entrepreneurship
  • Anxiety Driven by a Lack of Career and Life Satisfaction
  • Most Importantly a Love for Traveling

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The Rise of the Entrepreneurial Freelancers

In this week’s blog I’d like to explore Freelancing and Entrepreneurship.

What is an Entrepreneur?

An entrepreneur is a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses to fill a gap they find in the market. They tend to take on financial risks in order to do so.

What is a Freelancer?

A freelancer is a person who is self-employed and who is not committed to a particular employer long-term.

A Freelancer is not employed by a company instead they need to find work through a variety of sources. 

These sources include:

On Job Boards: Websites such as LinkedIn.com, FlexJobs, Fiverr, Cloudpeeps, Indeed and SolidGigs are used by Freelancers to find work.

Social Media Profile: Social media can be a Freelancer’s best friend. Sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr and Twitter are great for broadcasting your talents.

Your Personal Website: A personal website is important for standing out by having a portfolio of your past work. Managing this portfolio is important for landing more work.

Professional Network: Building a Professional Network is important and this can be done by contacting past clients, joining groups online, seeking role models, look for opportunities to help and attending local networking events.

Freelancers come from different backgrounds including:

  • Graphic Designers
  • Marketing Consultants
  • PR Consultants
  • Customer Service Support Officers
  • Illustrators
  • Transcribers
  • Teachers
  • Sales and Marketing Professionals
  • Mobile App. Developers
  • Freelance Writers and Copywriters
  • Lawyers
  • Human Resource Managers
  • Software Developers

Etc…

What are the Pros and Cons of Being a Freelancer?

Pros:

  • Control your workload: As a Freelancer you are free to manage your own workload.
  • Less likely to get sick: This goes hand-in-hand with managing your own workload. 
  • Get as many breaks as you want: Being your own boss means taking breaks whenever you want.
  • Be your own boss: Not having a boss to worry about is great.
  • Avoid a long commute: Many Freelancers work from a home office or out of somewhere local, so they can avoid a long commute.
  • Independence: When you’re working for yourself you have the autonomy to control your work/life balance.
  • Flexibility: Since you are your own boss you can pick your own work hours.

Cons:

  • Lack of Benefits: Not being on a company’s payroll means that you need to provide your own benefits.
  • Sporadic Work: The amount of work available to a Freelancer can be sporadic at times.
  • Ultimate Responsibility: Being your own boss means that you are responsible for managing yourself.
  • Cash flow Issues: There may be times of the year where cash flow is an issue.
  • Isolation
  • Taxes: When you work for an employer your taxes are deducted from your pay for you by payroll. However, you need to handle your own payroll.

The changing relationship between employers and employees

Since Freelancers are free agents and not permanent employees companies don’t have to pay them benefits. When they are hired for projects companies spend less money. 

Despite the challenges facing freelancers such as inconsistent income and lack of benefits more workers are turning toward it. Some workers are abandoning the traditional W-2 job in favor of a more flexible schedule and there are others that are holding on to their secure permanent W-2 jobs and pursuing freelancing as a side job partly due to stagnant salaries and lackluster benefits.

There’s an assumption that employees from the millennial generation (born 1981-1996) and younger are “job hoppers”. They tend to quit jobs more often than previous generations and are always looking out for the next step to take in their careers instead of staying with the same company and working their way up like previous generations did.

There are many reasons why employees change jobs and/or start freelancing.

Including:

  • Lack of Trust
  • Lack of Independence
  • Lack of Respect
  • Underemployment
  • Bored at Work
  • Bad Management
  • Burned Out
  • Toxic Workplace
  • Lack of Communication
  • Low Pay

The growing number of Freelancers is getting a lot of attention from companies.

It’s estimated that almost 60 million Americans are now Freelancers as of 2019 and this number grows by 8% every year despite an improving economy. According to the balance small business http://www.thebalancesmb.com Freelancers will make up more than 50% of the American workforce by 2027. 

Instead of a company being an employer it can be seen as a client instead and you’re not an employee instead you can be a consultant.

Is it possible to be both a Freelancer and an Entrepreneur?

When we think of entrepreneurs as the founders of new start-ups, veteran business owners or franchise owners. However, there are a growing number of entrepreneurs that are becoming successful as Freelancers. Many increasingly function as micro-entrepreneurs.

What is Micro-entrepreneurship?

The definition of a micro-enterprise is a business with fewer than 9 employees including the owner and an income of $250,000 or less. 

This also includes people who monetize their assets and knowledge. Whether you’re are using your house as an AirBNB rental or you’re a freelancer. 

The micro-entrepreneur has the ability to pay attention to trends in the economy and in technology, so this skill is important to a freelancer.

Skills both hard and soft.

The skills needed to be a successful Freelancer include hard skills such as technical skills or other competencies that companies pay for. Hard skills tend to be certifiable through degrees or certificates of qualification depending on the field you’re in.

Along with having marketable hard skills, it’s important to have soft skills.

Soft skills include:

  • Time Management: Time management skills are essential for success. They include prioritizing, organization, delegation and problem solving.
  • Portfolio Management: Relating to the succession of short-term assignments and part-time work done by a Freelancer.
  • Being Adaptable: Being able to quickly adapt to changing technologies and changing economy.
  • Networking: A business activity that involves the formation of business relationships that help you with sharing information and help with business opportunities.
  • Being Persuasive: Being genuine and honest is the key to a client trusting you.
  • Being Creative and Innovative: Creativity and Innovation go hand-in-hand
  • Self Assessment and Self-Insight: Don’t be afraid to self-critique and see where your strong points are and where you need improvement.

My experience

After graduating from college I had trouble finding a job in my chosen field. This was after 2005 when the job market was not too good for recent college graduates.

A year went by and I was still working at a supermarket in the produce department. Then finally found a job testing soil and concrete samples for an engineering company. The work was only part time and had to find other ways to make ends meet. I made ends meet by working a combination of two part time jobs at once including my soil testing job with a temp agency job or I worked as a substitute teacher, also.

In 2007 I finally got a job with a Surveying and Mapping Company, however there was a problem the position was for an Independent Contractor not a full-time employee. Instead of using a W-2 form to report wages a 1099-MISC. form was used instead.

This mapping job was in the field I’ve always wanted to work in, so for more than two years I made it work. I was required by the IRS to make estimated tax payments every quarter and I learned along the way that there were tax write offs I qualified for because I was an independent contractor.

Including:

  • Cost of gas and mileage
  • Car expenses
  • Office equipment expenditures
  • Health insurance premiums
  • Cell phone
  • Continuing education

The business I was working for was part of the real estate and construction industries and these two sectors experienced a major downturn after the 2008 Stock Market crash.

Around the time when the downturn in the economy was happening my mental health started to suffer. Due to constantly worrying about what the economy was going to do next and the stress of trying to keep an apartment I couldn’t afford I started experiencing intense anxiety. It was so bad that the quality of my work suffered and I was terminated.

I learned the hard way that since I was a 1099 contractor that I didn’t qualify for unemployment insurance. I wasn’t trained for anything else and couldn’t find a job. I was unprepared for what was going to happen next and I was facing financial ruin along with a nervous breakdown.

This is a very important lesson if you want or need to Freelance, because it’s important to know what you’re doing and keep developing new skills along the way in case the economy or technology changes.

Have you ever Freelanced?

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