Welcome to our first week of Freaky Freelancing Friday! Each week we will be featuring someone who has stepped out into the world of freelance, something that is certainly not easy. We hope that this will not only build community among our readers, but will help bring encouragement to those who have also taken the risk of going freelance!
Okay! So first tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you do as a freelancer!
Hey there! I’m Amy. A few years ago, I made the move from Pittsburgh to Florida with my (mostly furry) family, which has been an incredible experience so far! Currently, I do some freelance work as a yoga teacher, mainly subbing and events. It still feels weird to call teaching yoga work or a job because I love it so much.
Can you tell us a bit about your journey getting here?
Surprisingly, it was the move that led to freelancing in a roundabout way. I started yoga teacher training while I was waiting for a full time RN job to open up at my company, but teaching yoga turned out to be the extra “job” I needed. You know the idea that when you speak, the universe listens? Yeah, it’s true!
I teach yoga, both freelance and as an employee at a yoga studio. The fitness industry is a challenging space to navigate, but through human connections I’ve made, I’m frequently asked to sub classes at new places or teach for special events. The opportunities and connections weren’t built overnight, though.
I was pretty discouraged at the start because I had only one class every other week, but showing up matters! Little by little, class by class, my schedule really began to fill out. I’m curious to see how things unfold post-pandemic, but I am mostly encouraged by how adaptable we are as humans.
What has been the hardest part for you as a freelancer?
The inconsistency! 100%. Going from a totally rigid schedule at one place to a schedule with more fluidity was (still is) stressful at times. That’s all scarcity mindset stuff, though. We live in an abundant universe! I’ve found that I need the structure of some set hours in my work schedule combined with the freedom of freelancing to find my balance. Also, taxes are hard.
What about the best part?
The humans and the freedom. All that POSSIBILITY! So basically everything except figuring out taxes. 🙈 For real though, it’s soul satisfying to connect with humans, and it’s empowering to build my own schedule.
What would you tell someone who wants to get started as a freelancer, or who just began their journey?
When you show up, it matters. No matter how slow or how small opportunities may seem, keep showing up and keep connecting. In those moments, you are creating the foundation. The little things are the big things. Also remember that if you want change, you have to step out of your comfort zone. SHOWING UP matters because YOU matter.
Where can we find your work/contact information?
You can reach out to me via Instagram @amyleavengood or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. But really, you should come to class and say hi!
Okay, hypothetical situation: NBC just awarded you your own late night talk show. Who are your first three guests?
David Bowie, Glennon Doyle, and Karena Dawn/Katrina Scott from Tone It Up.
You can read about some online classes that can help with your freelancing career here. You can also read our article on setting work boundaries while at home, which can be a common problem among freelancers!