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If you’re a blogger or freelancer, you’ll be very familiar with hearing questions such as “so what exactly is it that you do?” and “is that a real job?”.
It can get frustrating, and I rarely tell people about my freelance and blogging work. In fact, it’s only recently that I’ve started to tell friends and family about it- and the reaction has been fantastic!
But I still feel awkward speaking about it with people I don’t know well. The barrage of questions or doubts can be difficult.
So, in this post I’m going to look at what exactly a freelancer does day-by-day- and why we feel nervous or questioned when we speak to others about what we do.
Freelance work can involve anything: from blogging to translation services, construction or art.
I hope you can use these ideas, tips and thoughts to direct conversations about your freelance life in future!
“So, what exactly do you do?”
What you do as a freelancer or blogger will be different for everyone.
For me, I work in an admin job in the morning, so I like to focus on my blogging and freelance writing in the afternoon.
This means my day consists of 4 hours in a “regular” job. Then, I usually complete around 4 or 5 hours working on my blog and freelance work.
I also work at the weekend when I have an extra bit of writing or social media work I need to finish off.
I usually spend around half an hour per day promoting my blog and freelance services via social media, and engaging with other bloggers. Then, I spend the rest of my time writing content for my freelance clients or for my blog.
This could mean that some days I don’t do any blogging at all, and some days I focus on it as my main task. It just depends what work comes in and how fast I complete it.
It’s hard to pin down exactly what freelancers do from day to day, as it can differ depending on job opportunities, quiet periods and what kind of work you do.
But I love that! There’s so much variety. No-one’s day-to-day routine as a freelancer will be quite the same.
“Is freelancing a real job?”
Yes! Freelancing is a real job, whatever form it takes.
It can sometimes be harder for people to accept freelancing or writing as a “job”. Maybe because we might spend a lot of time on social media, or maybe because it’s not a “traditional” career path.
However, so much work goes into freelancing. While I love it- it can be such hard work!
If you’re a blogger or freelance writer, you have to constantly put yourself out there on social media, communicate with clients, create amazing content and continue to find new gigs.
You need to keep up with blog writing and perfecting SEO, as well as keeping on top of any newsletters, giveaways, promotions, new posts and submitting your tax information.
You also need to constantly improve your DA, coming up with ideas, creating images and taking photos.
You are a social media manager, an administrator, a writer, a marketing specialist, an SEO expert and a million other things that make up just one day in your work life.
3 Tips to Tell People What You Do
Even though you know how much work you do every single day- it can still be hard to tell other people what you do.
Below, I’ve put together a few tips to tell people exactly what it is that you do, including a couple of ways to answer those frustrating questions!
1. Choose how to frame your job
If you want to tell someone what you do, but you’re having trouble formulating the words, come up with the perfect way to frame your job.
Tell people you’re a freelance content writer, or a translator or a blogger. Choose a title in your head, and stick to it when you speak to new people.
I tend to just tell people I work in admin for the University, failing to mention that I have this side hustle that I am slowly building into something!
2. Know your own worth
It can be hard if you feel criticised for your work, but you know how hard you work everyday.
Know your own worth! Don’t feel the need to justify yourself to other people.
Not everyone has to understand what you do to make your freelance work a real career!
3. Be confident!
Don’t shy away or hide because of dreaded questions- embrace them as someone just trying to understand. Be confident with your answers.
Tell people exactly what it is you do, and explain it if they don’t quite get it.
Be proud of the work you put in each and everyday, as well as the many hats you wear to achieve your goals.
Are you a freelancer or blogger? How do you tell people what you do each day? What do you do on a daily basis?
Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
Happy reading x