Start a second career as a freelancer in 2021

Author: Piya Willwerth

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Who Are You in 2021?

We’ve all been so used to sleepwalking through life that getting all of this information and disruption at once will take a not-insignificant amount of time to process. And who knows … maybe this disruption is just where we live now?

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The Attention Economy

When we were all forced, quite suddenly, to stay at home, we were also forced to reckon with how we spent our time — where we directed our attention.

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The Freelance Manifesto

This is it. This is the one that made me do it. The Freelance Manifesto: A Field Guide for The Modern Motion Designer.

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Digital Minimalism

I am always a little surprised when I find out that people I talk to don’t know about Digital Minimalism.

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Eat That Frog!

One of the main issues I have found with many self-help books is that they often promise an “easy” fix. What this book proposes is not, technically, an easy fix, but it is an easy(ish) process.

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Marketing Yourself: Scheduling Time

Lots of freelancers make the mistake of thinking of themselves as contractors or — gasp! — temporary employees, when really, they’re business owners.

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Define the Terms Ahead of Time

Avoiding Burned Bridges: Don’t get caught up in scope creep or late payments — figure it out now! And if you were smart about it, you already got half your money up front.

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Flexibility is Key

If we’ve learned one thing (hopefully more than one thing) in 2020, it’s that having a single source of income is not enough.

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Mastery

To achieve mastery — to be able to acknowledge yourself as a Master of a skill, a field, or a vocation — you must progress through three stages.

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Second Careers: Is it too late?

I recently had a conversation with a slightly younger friend of mine, who revealed that they had begun thinking about making plans to have children.

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Living Your Life vs Enduring it

We’ve got so much to deal with these days. Omnipresent (and omnipotent) social media, a relentless news cycle, financial insecurity, an aggravating government — even before the pandemic, we wanted out.