This week I’ve been reminded of the importance of celebrating the successes on my freelance journey.
It turns out that running a small business is very different from the corporate life I left behind when my first son was born (who’d have guessed it?!). For a start, there’s no-one to flow down S.M.A.R.T. objectives and measure my achievements against hard-and-fast milestones. Which is great.
On the other hand, there’s no-one to flow down S.M.A.R.T. objectives and measure my achievements against hard-and-fast milestones.
The lack of external validation can be a difficult adjustment to make. There are no set rules, except for what I define for myself. Equally, there is no fixed measure of success: Turnover; delighted clients; number of photoshoots; work-life balance; flexibility; media exposure; fame. Although I hold weekly planning meetings and quarterly business reviews, it’s all more about the Businessy side of business – strategies and schedules – than the warm and fuzzy happy dances of celebration.
Being awarded the Freelance Mum Star of the Week on Friday made me realise there are several wins over the last 12 months that have warranted a jiggy little dance, from undertaking some awesome and fun photoshoots, to building up the business to the point I qualified for 30 hours of childcare a week; from receiving wonderful client feedback to being in a position to donate my time and skills and raise money for a good cause. So today, I’m sitting back, acknowledging the wins, and happy dancing my socks off.
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I took the photos in this post at the recent Freelance Mum Micro Business retreat at Tractors and Cream Glamping & Events.