Katie Portman

Journalist. Copywriter. Blogger.

Emotions, Freelance, Inspiration, Life, Milestones

Reality bites- 12 months on!

Just over twelve months ago, I made a bold career move and became a freelancer. When I think back to that time in my life and compare it to where I am now, it feels pretty amazing. I still can’t quite believe that I’m still here and achieving success.

Make no mistake, this time last year I was petrified. I was excited too of course but the fear was an ever present friend. I was, by all accounts, scared. Scared of being a failure – “What if it doesn’t work out? What will people think of me?” Scared of having no money – “How will I survive financially if I don’t get any work? How will I keep my shoe addiction going?” And really, truly, utterly scared of the unknown, the new freelancing world that I knew so little of.

It’s fair to say that the last 12 months have been one hell of a learning curve. There have been some wonderful times, lots of achievements (some big, some small) but also many difficult moments too. But I can honestly say, looking back, that I wouldn’t change any of it, because it’s just been incredible.

On a professional note, one year on, I’m incredibly busy with work with exciting plans in the pipeline. And from a personal point of view, well I’ve never been happier than I am right now. I’ve said it soo many times and to soo many people, but freelancing definitely agrees with me and I’d recommend it to anyone who is seriously thinking about giving it a bash.

All in all, freelancing has given me the career that I’ve always desired and has made me a happier, more contented and more confident person. It’s not the easiest way to make a living but for me it’s definitely the best.

Today, as I write this post, I feel really proud of what I’ve achieved so far and the fact that I’ve survived my first year in business. I’m also incredibly grateful and thankful for the amazing support I have received from so many people and from so many places over the last 12 months. And so, as I embark on my second year in business as a freelancer, I’d like to take the time to say thank you to everyone who’s helped and supported me in getting to this point.

There are far too many people to mention individually without boring the pants off anyone who’s reading this, but to all of you lovely folk who have read one of my blog posts, got in touch, mentioned me on Twitter, encouraged me to keep going, offered advice or a shoulder to lean on, hired me for work, or simply just taken an interest in my freelancing journey ….. THANK YOU.  I really couldn’t have done it without you all :-) x