Freelancing Stress 3.0


Are freelancers more stressed than ever before? Do you feel stress building, building, building…until you feel nearly overwhelmed?

While we freelancers do have some natural stress reduction built into their job (such as no commute, control over hours and projects, not dealing with coworkers, etc., …), there is some evidence that freelancers may be facing more stress than ever before.

If you’re feeling more stressed than ever, you are probably part of this growing trend. You may be facing Freelancing Stress 3.0. Yet, despite the prevalence of stress, we freelancers don’t talk about it nearly enough.

In this post, I’ll explain why you may be feeling more tension now than before. I’ll also gather some resources about handling freelancing stress that you might find helpful.

The Usual Suspects

Some stress has always been a part of freelancing and will likely always be a part of freelancing. Here are some of the usual suspects that cause freelancers to experience stress:

To be honest, many of these stressors exist for non-freelancers too. For example, non-freelancers may face project deadlines, have trouble with their finances, or get sick. Everyone, whether they are freelancing or not, has to deal with some stress in life.

The usual suspects have been stressing us out for a long time and aren’t likely to go away any time soon.

The New Players

In the past year, or so, global factors have emerged that may cause freelancers to experience additional stress that they may not have experienced in the past.

The new players are stressors that have developed as a result of the rapidly changing world freelancers (and everybody) lives in. While these specific stressors may change over time, change is accelerating and you can expect others to take their place.

11 More Resources to Help You Handle Stress

Stress is a huge problem and it seems inevitable, but what can you do about it? I’ve put together 11 helpful resources to provide you with more information. Bookmark these lists and return to them when you are feeling especially stressed. Some of these tips may help you cope.

Here are five posts on stress from Freelance Folder that you might find helpful:

  1. How to Overcome Freelancing Stress
  2. 10 Ways to Zap Freelancing Stress Now
  3. Stress and the Freelance Writer
  4. 7 Freelancer Stress-Busters You Can Use Today
  5. 8 Worries That May Cause You to Miss Out on Your Freelancing Journey

Here are six additional posts about stress from other blogs:

  1. Give Money Away to Relieve Financial Stress from LifeHacker
  2. Technostress – The Freelancers Disease? from Specky Boy
  3. How To Beat The Stress When Working From Home from Dumb Little Man
  4. This Wednesday: 20 very easy tips for lowering your daily stress level. from The Happiness Project blog
  5. 27 Secrets to Avoid Internet Burnout from Men with Pens
  6. About.com Stress Management from About.com’s Stress Management site

Finally, it’s important to acknowledge that sometimes overcoming stress requires professional help. If your stress levels don’t seem to be manageable no matter what you do, then you may need to seek out the services of a mental health professional.

Your Turn

How do you handle freelancing stress? Do you feel more, or less, stressed than you did a year ago?

Share your answers in the comments.

Related posts:

  1. How to Overcome Freelancing Stress
  2. 10 Ways to Zap Freelancing Stress Now
  3. Stress and the Freelance Writer

Source http://freelancefolder.com/?p=17150
Mon, 19 Sep 2011 12:30:00 GMT
Tags: freelancing challenges, Lifestyle, Mental Health, stress,
Gilbert E-Commerce | Northeast Cobb E-Commerce | Minneapolis E-Commerce | Anaheim-Santa Ana-Garden Grove E-Commerce | St George E-Commerce | Atlanta E-Commerce | Navi Mumbai E-Commerce | Walsenburg E-Commerce | McKinney E-Commerce | Fort Collins E-Commerce |

freelancing challenges


Are You Ready for These Freelancing Challenges?

“Freelancing!” The immediate ideas that rush to mind are that you can be your own boss, you can have a…

What to Expect When You’re Freelancing

More and more of us are becoming freelancers. But, for many of us, the reality of freelancing is different from…

Lifestyle


10 Top Tips to Combat Procrastination

Procrastination can be dangerous for a freelancing business. If you put critical tasks off for too long you may find…

What to Do When You Have too Much Work

We all strive to be there–we want to have so much work we never really have to advertise or cold…

Taking Time Off Without Going on Vacation

Because you are self-employed and your office is located in your own humble abode, you’re already all too familiar with…

Mental Health



Need Freelance Writer Market? Check out our member profiles:

Mckinney
thawriter.biz Profile
thawriter.biz

I write for the very reason I breathe. From journalism, PR and online content, to fiction/non-fiction, creative and ghostwriting, I produce effective messaging that sells!

McKinney, Texas US
Minneapolis
Cynthia Sowden Profile
Cynthia Sowden

Need an ad, a brochure, a video script, a feature article or web content? I give you creative copy, fast turnaround, and exceptional service. Writing, editing, proofreading at below-agency prices.

Minneapolis, Minnesota US
St George
Steven Lee Profile
Steven Lee

From direct-marketing to corporate communications, and everything in between, Steve has done it all. He wants to help you look your very best! Put Steve's twenty years of experience to work for you!

St George, Utah US
Kolkata
Atlanta
Northeast Cobb
MarketingRT Profile
MarketingRT

Integrated, High Yield, Marketing Tailored to Your Business Needs MarketingRT an interactive and online marketing company. REAL TIME marketing experiences, enhanced by services.

Northeast Cobb, Georgia US
Walsenburg
Goldenwebweaver Profile
Goldenwebweaver

Experience of this writer includes technical descriptions of testing procedures for testing of parts received in shipping. Non-fiction political commentary, and published in newspapers.

Walsenburg, Colorado US
Gilbert
Free Design Quotes

Writers: Why it Doesn’t Matter if a Marketing Tactic Works

Just a quick thought about marketing your freelance writing services today: Every freelance writer h



Think Twice About Writing for Revenue Share

This post is based on a comment I recently left on Lori Widmer’s “If it Didn’t Wor



Weekend Reading: Business Basics for Freelancers

Being able to write is fine and dandy, but it isn’t enough to guarantee your success in a f



Recommended reading for March 11, 2011

Trouble at NPR, layoffs at AOL, tools for curating news and inspiration from food writer Monica Bhid



6 lessons freelance writers can learn from entrepreneurs

Mridu Khullar Relph explains why freelance writers need to take a cue from entrepreneurs to think



Article Tags
Freelance Writer Market Articles
Marketing| writing| Featured| Freelancing| How-To| Blogging| Lifestyle| Inspiration| General| blogs| Managing Clients| Work at Home Parents| Magazine Writing| writing tips| Freelance Finance| productivity| Getting Started| Web Content| social media| Getting Clients|


Freelance Writer Market Valid HTML 4.0 Transitional Valid CSS!