How Do You Find Freelance Friends?

The life of a freelancer is freeing — but lonely. Where art thou freelance friends, especially in the face of this god awful pandemic?

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A day in the life of a freelance writer looks something like this:

Wake up when you want to (7 am), brew a coffee, maybe have some oatmeal, get a 20-minute Peloton workout in, shower, get dressed, open the MacBook and type tappity type until we need a lunch break. Maybe take a brisk walk around the neighborhood to refuel our brain, shackle ourselves back to the Mac, and continue cranking out content.

The life of a freelancer is so desireable because we literally get to do what we want to, when we want to do it, with no one to answer to. It is an excellent career choice for entitled millennials who have anxiety about messing up an email to a superior or turning in a project late to an asshole client.

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So…How Do You Find Freelance Friends?

Do we reach out to random writers on LinkedIn, asking them to be our accountability partners? Do we post a message on a writer’s circle Facebook group, asking for reader support? Do we email local authors asking them to be our mentors? Do we pretend that listening to podcasts gives us the same endorphins that phoning a friend does?

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In Conclusion

In order to (successfully!) find the right for you freelance friends, do the following:

  • Join Writer’s groups on Facebook — individually message members about their WIPs, asking if they’d like to collab in some way.
  • Email local authors (or authors you love) — asking if they offer mentoring, or would simply be open to chatting a few times a month on steps they took to write their books, and what resources they use to stay sharp in the biz.
  • Just be honest! On your own platforms (Instagram, Twitter, etc.) Example: “GUYS, I’m looking for some freelance friends to bounce ideas off of and just have writer convos with on Mondays to kick off the workweek. LMK if you’re interested.”

You are your own version of success + happiness. Believe in your bad self.

Let me know what your freelance friend-finding hacks are, and good luck!

Life is better when we laugh. I write about the importance of mental health & believe our weirdness is what makes us great. https://ashleyalt.substack.com/

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