A Freelancer Course: “Who Are You?”

I signed up for Seth Godin’s freelancer course on Udemy, for an amazing deal of £22 (because I purchased it before the end of April). I’m currently working through module or section 1, “how to move up.” This was a task from a quick 3 page ebook, basically asking you state your mission and probably give you the tools to really write down and focus on what you have to actually get into the field your mind is passionate about. This task will see me look at all the practicalities.

[All the questions are taken from the ebook (and the banner too)].

Freelancer Course - Seth Godin

What do you want to do? (Not your job, but your work, now, tomorrow, and in the future)

I want to be a freelancer. I want to work on projects I believe in. I want to work with small organisations or entrepreneurs, and help them spread the message and the word of their good work. I want to create a good online experience for the user and help make a website that offers a lot of value and reason for coming back. It’s going to be a mix of user design exprerience and marketing/promotions.

Who do you want to change, and how do you want to change them?

People with a word worth spreading. Something that genuinely can help, enrich or enlighten people. It’s going to focus on promoting the health aspect of life, a focus on self-improvement in general. I want to change them by being trusted to aid the creation of new content that can be better in touch with customers and more in line with their wants and needs. This involves writing pitches and giving plenty of samples of work. Completely conquering burning pains of the organisation and entrepreneur, and making it do-able for that person.

How much risk? (from 1 [a little] to 10 [bet everything]), how much are you willing to put at stake to make the change you seek?

10, it’s the life I want to live. I need to put everything into it otherwise it’s not going to happen. I need to put things at stake like further education, moving up a career in psychology and build a new career in marketing and PR. This is a complete career change for me. I need to put at least 5 hours a week into this.

How much work are you willing to do to get there? Be specific about the tradeoffs.

This is going to involve a lot of self motivated work, I’m going to have to put effort in in the evenings to get the work done. There’s little spare time in the day.
This will cut into social time I will be able to schedule with friends or family, and probably involve late nights and a lot of fatigue, perhaps living a life on the brink of exhaustion.
I will not be rewarded fiancially for a long time because hours put in will pay little but if I can get a good lump sum from making money for a client this will be a good safety net to improve where I’m at.

Does this project matter enough for the risk and the effort you’re putting into it?

Absolutely. It really matters. If I don’t embark on this journey I could simply be another cog in the wheel, a lifestyle my body compeltely rejects. With that kind of lifestyle, I’ll be involed in no art and no creativity. I won’t be working on my passions and I assume my job satisfaction level will be very low. I’ll never have pride in my work, and new opportunities will be hard to come by on relying on a full time/salaried job lifestyle alone.

Is it possible — has anyone with your resources ever pulled off anything like this?

Yes, absolutley. A couple of people come to mind who helped inspire this decision – Tim Ferriss, Charlie Hoehn, Ramit Sethi, Ryan Holiday and of course Seth Godin. They are people to learn from because they all started off in similar positions, and now are making a career and living out that very freelance that’s turned into a highly succesful business for some of them.


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