As well as being a travel blogger, I’m also a freelance social media specialist and content creator (you can find my website here if you’re interested). That means I work mostly from my lovely home office for clients located around the world creating and managing their social media, blogs, email marketing and more.

I’ve been freelancing since June 2012, almost 7 years ago. Wow.

In some ways, it seems like I’ve been freelancing for SO LONG and in others, it feels like just a year or so.

I began freelancing straight away when I graduated from university. The thought of spending long hours working in an office under the supervision of someone else has never been something that’s appealed to me. I had a taster of that kind of job during summer holidays as a student and I knew it wasn’t for me.

So, I embarked on the freelance life, using skills I already had to help businesses grow their websites and social media.

uncertainty as a freelancer

For the most part, I LOVE being self-employed. I love making my own hours, fitting my work around what I have going on in my life, choosing which clients I want to work with and all of the other great things that go along with it.

But, one downside about being a freelancer that can be a bit overwhelming is the sheer uncertainty of it all. Not knowing if one (or all!) of your clients are going to end their contracts with you, leaving you in the lurch financially.

After all, I rely on the money from all of these different clients to support me. I have a house and a mortgage to pay, a car to run, bills galore, travel to fund and, let’s face it, I like nice things in life too.

So, if I lose a considerable amount of clients it would really affect my income.

When I stop and really think about it like that, oh man, it sounds scary. What if all my clients ended their contracts at once and I had no money left to pay my bills?

Of course, the chances of all my clients ending their contracts at once is incredibly slim. I’m lucky enough to work with some really amazing people, some of whom I’ve worked with for around 5 years or more.

I prefer to work with clients on an ongoing basis, rather than lots of one-off projects if possible. Of course, if the projects are really interesting then I’m happy to take them on but, normally, my preference is to work with businesses or individuals over a longer period of time.

This allows me to really get to know their business on a deeper level. I have time to learn about their industry, their ideal client, the tone of voice they use and so much more.

uncertainty as a freelancer

But, underneath how much I love freelancing and being self-employed, there is always that small element of ‘what if?’. What if all my clients end their contracts at once? What if I end up with no clients and no money coming in?

It’s enough to get my heart beating a little faster!

It’s probably one of the reasons why more people don’t become self-employed as the uncertainty can be frustrating. It means you need thick skin to be comfortable enough to know that even if you do lose a client or two, you’ll be able to quickly find new ones to replace them.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the last few years it’s that life is uncertain no matter what type of job you’re working in. Those employed by a company could be made redundant at any time and would need to look for another role instead. People lose their jobs every day and many struggle to find new ones.

So, instead of focusing on the uncertainty and the negatives, I choose to focus on the positives. On all the things I love about being self-employed. On the freedom that it allows me and how much I enjoy the work that I do.

After all, where would we be in life if all we focused on were the negatives?