Do Freelancers Have More Fun?

Two Girls Funny Happy Shaving Cream FightLife’s too short to do work you don’t enjoy. So, freelancer, let me ask you:

Are you having fun?

I know, work is serious stuff, even for freelancers. We have to feed, clothe, and shelter our families. Or at the very least, make next month’s rent.

It’s not my intention to minimize the importance of what we call work.

But even then, it doesn’t hurt to keep our work joyful. I dare say, it’s necessary for our sanity, peace of mind, and success.

Freelancing is lonely. It can get stressful. Freelancing is no game. It doesn’t have to be dreary, either. Consider these:

Ideas to Keep the Fun in Freelancing

Inject a sense of humor

Find or put a funny element in whatever you’re doing. For example, one common task I do for clients is brainstorm blog post topics. Even if my client works in a serious business-related market, I look to other unrelated markets to keep things light. Industries such as entertainment, for example, are good fodder for some light-hearted ideas. As an added benefit, these posts tend to end up getting plenty of attention, likes, and shares as well.

Play everyday

Creativity and problem solving require us to look at the most unexpected places for inspiration and solutions. The best ideas come to us when we have our guards down, and playing lets us relax enough to get the creative juices flowing.

Once, many years ago when I was still in UNICEF, I organized a brainstorming session for writers and producers of children’s television programs. I brought some of my children’s toys with me: clay, wooden blocks, and other open-ended toys. As we talked about different topics and production techniques that would appeal to children, I let the participants handle the toys. I believe our muscle movements affect our brain, so physically handling these stimulating toys hopefully stimulated my participants’ creativity too.

By the way, sometimes it helps to literally play with a child. That gets us adults out of our ever-so-serious thoughts and into a more creative, intuitive mode.

Laugh

Laugh at your mistakes. Laugh at the silly things people do on Twitter and Facebook. Can’t find anything funny? Laugh at this video:

Fortunately for us, freelancing affords us the flexibility and freedom to implement these ideas in our daily lives.

More Ideas?

How about you? How do you keep things light and fun in your home office?

Lexi Rodrigo Savvy Freelancer

Creative Commons License photo credit: Pink Sherbet Photography

6 Responses to Do Freelancers Have More Fun?
  1. Josh Jones
    February 28, 2012 | 5:14 pm

    I make freelancing fun by hanging out with other freelancer types when I can.

    Very awkward stock photo too. :p

    • Alexis
      February 28, 2012 | 9:28 pm

      @Josh Jones – I just came from a networking dinner with a group made up mostly of entrepreneurial women. So yeah, socializing with like-minded people should definitely be added to this list.

  2. Megan Harris (MeganWrites Media)
    March 2, 2012 | 9:30 pm

    I love freelancing! I really enjoy having a (relatively) flexible schedule and spending more time with my husband (who has an odd schedule). I think the flexibility makes it fun and allows me not to get as stressed as easily as I might if I felt I could only work 9-5 Monday through Friday.

    I am beginning to network in my area and partner with other freelancers, which of course requires flexibility and injects fun into the day. I have so much fun getting to know my clients’ wants and needs and connect with them in ways other professionals might not get a chance to in their line of work. It’s so rewarding to be told once in a while, “You rock!” for what you’re doing for them. Would you hear that in another job on a regular basis? Likely not. :)

    • Alexis
      March 20, 2012 | 12:03 pm

      @Megan Harris – Way to go!

  3. Dojo
    March 17, 2012 | 9:08 am

    I am a freelancer and this allows me to manage my schedule, earn a decent buck and travel a lot. So sure, I am pretty happy :)
    Dojo┬┤s last blog post ..a new promotion idea

    • Alexis
      March 20, 2012 | 12:00 pm

      @Dojo – Amen!

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