Why being organized and understanding the consequences of your actions is key to success.

 

The modern work lanscape is one that is constantly changing. Today’s office is no longer one filled with cubicles and fluorescent lights, and more and more people are striking out on their own and joining the freelancing world in order to have more control over their careers. PSFK shares stories from various freelancers, who comment on what they know now that they wish they’d known when they started out.

Since relocating to NYC four years ago from Kuwait, I’ve found myself mostly working amongst strategists and creative professionals for whom freelancing is a way to gradually gain creative control over their work. Indeed, the freelance lifestyle is a symbol of independence, nimbleness, and the pursuit of passion itself. Yet, while some of us want our own clients, many of us also have aspirations to transfer into new fields of interest like film, music, literature, and technology. Thus we are torn between monetizing our passion and working for others. Moreover, as strategic and creative professionals we are naturally drawn to speaking engagements, consulting opportunities, start-up ideas, editorial work, and workshops. Setting ourselves up to accommodate all of these deliverables and directions requires specialized knowledge that is conflicting and difficult to centralize.

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