When opportunity... (aka, the freelancer life...)


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...knocks.... but we'll get around to that later.

As a freelancer, you are often chasing down every lead and opportunity. Sometimes leads will come to you, and at other times... you have to put in the effort to align the universe so that you get that "lucky" break! Unfortunately, our salaried colleagues don't really understand how much of a running and endless game it is... to use a cliche, you are only ever as good as your last job... and you are always on the lookout to increase your chances of getting lucky. Now, sometimes you do go through a period when every opportunity comes to you... and that is great, but it is dangerous to rest. That sort of "flavour of the month" feeling is always temporary and can quite easily move on as easily as it arrived!

My wife and I are both freelancers... musicians, she is a pianist and I'm a violinist. The freelance life is mostly by choice... it does give us a greater flexibility with the way we shape our little family, but it is also by structural design. For her, music jobs for piano are really quite rare... and for me, I've chosen to specialise in a field of music were there is no salaried ensembles or positions (apart from university lecturers... and those come up once in several blue moons!). So, that has been our life... chasing contacts and never resting... eventually it does get quite tiring... and we have both often thought about the allure of a set 9-5 job with clearly defined work responsibilities and all of that... however, in the end... it really isn't what we are after! (although, on a recent month-long trip to Australia... you really start to feel the fact that you are not working for a whole month... and not getting paid!... no holiday leave for us!). Anyway, we have no complaints in general with our work-life balance... in fact, far from it.. we are really quite happy!

However, when opportunity knocks... it can knock on every door in sight! In the last couple of weeks, a number of unusual leads have reared their enticing heads for both myself and my wife. Most of them are dark horse runs... but well worth a shot, and all of them have payoffs that make them well worth the while to spend the time chasing up. There are a range of things that we are both running after, with the time scale being from the next week through to the start of next year for the initial contact (and then the subsequent development...). All of them would make for interesting changes to our life balance... but all of them provide interesting opportunity and experiences....

So, as freelancing professionals... we've both embarked upon chasing after these leads with gusto... you never know, but if you don't put your hand in the ring.... well, you've lost before you started! In all the situations, we stand to lose nothing (perhaps a bit of time at worst...)... so, there really isn't much of an excuse to not try!

A couple of the leads have already progressed further than we had expected... in fact, one of my wife's leads is potentially paying off! Most of mine are still in the initial contact stages... but it does mean that a good deal of work needs to be done in the coming weeks. For myself, some of it has to do with music directly... and there are couple of off the wall leads...

.. anyway, I hate to be cryptic.. but I don't think I have much that I can say definitively at the moment... again, that is the life of the freelancer... lots of balls in the air at the same time... with the hope that something lands well! Maybe in that case, I would have some more concrete to write about!


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Yep, employees have it easier. I should know, I've been one for years. 😆

I have a draft post of something along this line of thought. Haven't finished it yet. Anyway, it's challenging and fulfilling at the same time. 😊

19.09.2019 11:05
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Yep... sometimes I pine for the security of a regular job, but the flexibility of a freelance life is something quite special (when times are good!)... but it really does have it's own disadvantages!

26.09.2019 06:59
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19.09.2019 11:06
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19.09.2019 11:08
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26.09.2019 06:59
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19.09.2019 11:19
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19.09.2019 11:19
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good luck with those leads!

19.09.2019 11:49
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Thanks... many fingers crossed... but like I said, if they don't pan out... nothing changes!

26.09.2019 07:00
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Being a freelancer (in any profession) is tiring!

I agree with this 100%

chasing contacts and never resting...

It's a vicious cycle. I know many freelancers who just toss up their hands and give up... their dream.

19.09.2019 11:55
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Yes... most of the battle appears to be just being the one stubborn enough to be the last one standing (plus, a hefty sprinkling of luck and right place right time!)

26.09.2019 07:00
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Wow, this is so interesting @bengy! Good luck on your leads, you won't regret carving this type of lives for your family. They're only little once, and after they're grown you'll have all the time in the world to work, lol :)

19.09.2019 12:48
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Haha... I think when they are all grown, they can look after me!

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20.09.2019 02:44
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20.09.2019 08:26
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The important thing is that both of you still aren't up for doing it any other way, and the fact that you're both so happy, means you're doing something right!

20.09.2019 09:31
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Ha... yes, we are happy.... or we don't know how to do it any other way!

26.09.2019 07:04
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Good luck going into the next few months @bengy hope a few of those balls you juggling fall into place.

20.09.2019 09:46
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Thanks! I'm hopeful... but many of them are long shots... but you never know!

26.09.2019 07:05
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Thanks! I'm hopeful... but
Many of them are long shots...
But you never know!

                 - bengy


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26.09.2019 07:05
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Now you gotta us curious so keep us informed about those special opportunity’s

20.09.2019 12:32
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Ha... well, if they pan out! They are pretty long shots on my side... my wife has more achievable ones!

26.09.2019 07:05
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That sounds like some really positive movement! Awesome! Hope it pays off for you.

20.09.2019 13:49
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Thanks! Well... if it works, it will be pretty cool! If not, then nothing changes!

26.09.2019 07:06
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@bengy - thanks for that glimpse into the freelance lifestyle. I'm sure it can be both joyful and harrowing at the same time. But never dull! I wish you the best of luck on gaining whatever contracts are in the works that will give you the most joy and profitability!

20.09.2019 14:08
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It's a pretty strange life... every month is up or down and nothing seems to follow any pattern. It's the only life that we know though.... but we do enjoy it (mostly!).

26.09.2019 07:07
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Best of luck with your leads, @bengy. Ferocious looking door knocker! 😂

20.09.2019 14:28
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Thanks! I'm hoping something will land... it appears that my wife has managed one so far, nothing definite but quite likely!

26.09.2019 07:07
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As a fellow full-time entrepreneur, I share your pain.

While I spend time being responsible for everything, it can get to be so much you forget to relish the freedom. Plus, you ALWAYS have the chance to add or subtract something from your business and refine it for YOUR benefit. So damn good.

You will never lose as an entrepreneur if you never quit and keep improving.

20.09.2019 14:33
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Yep... the ups and downs are completely everywhere! When it is great, it is superb... when things are down, it can get quite formidable! Anyway, the freedom is really quite a huge advantage... it really does offset a lot of the disadvantages at least!

26.09.2019 07:08
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I haven't worked for a boss for what I think now is about 40 years my friend. Freelanced in the business world as a contractor, raised 3 kids, got divorced a few times after all of the kids were out of the house and now my 18th year in the charity field.
The saying is in the freelancers world regarding opportunities; "If you don't have a ticket, you cannot catch the bus"
Good luck and I hope that they all work out for you guys.
Blessings!

20.09.2019 20:18
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Wow... that is impressive... unfortunately, I'm falling behind you on the divorce metric...

26.09.2019 07:10
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Hahaha, such is life my friend.
Blessings!

26.09.2019 15:27
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I hope the leads work out for you both!

You're right though, it is a choice we all have to go for freelancing or employee life. I prefer the latter I have to say as the thought of "chasing work" doesn't appeal to me. I worked in sales for all but a year and that drove me to the hospital with stress of trying to find customers.

It's nice having regular income and working at a company with decent benefits. There's still work-life balance which is not what I had in a previous role and I definitely have found happiness in the role I am in now - service department fixing machines that play a big part in making the world a better place (analysing equipment).

For musicians though, totally different kettle of fish and I admire those that are able to make it so follow your dream and be happy my friend! Good luck!

20.09.2019 20:28
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It is a bit of a mix... unfortunately, in my particular specialisation of music, the work is all freelance! However, these particular leads are a touch out of the actual sphere of music (for me... my wife is chasing leads that are much closer to music!).

03.10.2019 16:04
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The freelance life isn't for the faint of heart. It's tough, but it's worth it. I can't imagine doing it on an international scale, traveling all the time. I sit at a desk all the time in the same place, a digital nomad, but that's how this life rolls. I hope you and your wife get many gigs.

20.09.2019 22:40
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Ah... the travelling part is just the music sort of thing... but to set up that sort of work, requires the desk stuff...

03.10.2019 16:05
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Good luck, Bengy, to both you and your wife. I am very good friends with several professional musicians, all working just like this. Freelance.

One woman who is an oboist has always been dashing Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving night, all the holidays, jumping on a plane to god knows where. Her husband was a doctor and ten years ago, when he was very young, dies of cancer.

But, despite having twin girls who were very young, she took them with her on all of the events that she could and raised them in this world. It was amazing. And she loved it and went all over the world, kids in tow with a nanny. She wanted this badly and it paid off in the end. She is high in demand and I am happy for her.

Follow your dream!! You owe it to yourself! And good luck!! I have heard you and you are amazing sounding! So it sounds like you are tracking down your destiny!!!

I always wish you well.

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20.09.2019 23:34
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Ha... yes, all the best working times do seem to always co-incide with the best of holiday times. Thankfully, I've managed to say no to the really late past midnight New Year and Christmas Mass jobs... I never really could stay awake that long anyway!

03.10.2019 16:07
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I freelanced for many years. It’s different but not necessarily better or worse. It really depends on what you want from your working life. You have chosen freedom and being your own boss over stability, routine, benefits and paid vacations. I made the other choice several years ago, and have never looked back, but it’s what makes sense for me as I am putting kids through college. Stay true to your dream, whatever that may be, and you will always be fulfilled.

21.09.2019 01:09
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Haha... when you state the balance like that... well, routine, benefits and paid vacations and stability all sound really great! On the other hand, everything that we don't have always sounds much better!

03.10.2019 16:08
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Good luck in this new venture
Suerte en este nuevo emprendimiento🎻 🎸 🎷 🎺 📯 🎶

21.09.2019 02:37
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Thanks... we'll see where they take us!

03.10.2019 16:08
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Sure we will be watching.

04.10.2019 01:35
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Howdy sir bengy! That makes for a more exciting and interesting life, no boring 9-5 cubicles for you guys! Well done!

21.09.2019 04:40
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Ha... definitely exciting and interesting... although, in some circles, that sort of thing is meant as a curse!

03.10.2019 16:09
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lol.yes but you guys are making it work and have some degree of independence.

03.10.2019 18:35
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I understand where both your wife and you are coming from.
My husband choose a life from employment to self entrepreneur and freelancing.
While I chose to stay in employment since our children is still young and having both in freelancing can be dangerous

21.09.2019 13:44
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We are both freelancers... which meant that we had lots of time together with the kids when they were young... however, as they grow older and they go to school, the hours that our jobs normally take mean that we are often working in the afternoon or night... so, it has bee a bit trickier at this stage to find a better balance. However, some of these leads might change that!

03.10.2019 16:11
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Can I have both your autographs now, just in case?

21.09.2019 23:23
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Haha... nothing that important!

03.10.2019 16:13
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@bengy

All of this resonates for me. I was, effectively, an independent contractor/freelancer for more than 25 years. I still am, but not as busy as I'd like to be. However, like you and your wife, I'd not change it.

Look forward to hearing more when things become clearer.

And good luck with chasing all those leads!

22.09.2019 11:25
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Well... whichever way these leads go... there will be things to write about... they have been nice experiences, but many of them have been outside runs and dark horse shots in the dark!

03.10.2019 16:16
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whichever way these leads go... there will be things to write about...

That is so true! Hahaha! Good luck!

04.10.2019 03:05
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Life is never without its challenges for anyone who wishes to ~ Or actually has little choice but to go with the flow of life and what it showers us with.

As a visual artist, I'm familiar with all the arguments we have to contest when we have that desire to make 'our living' with our music/art and as much as possible not compromise our creative expression.

Good luck with your leads Bengy. May they continue to open up for both you and your wife. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎

23.09.2019 01:06
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Yes... we'll see where these things take us.. maybe they will turn out to be nothing... maybe they will indicate a new direction in life. Who know?!?!?

03.10.2019 16:24
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Yes 'who knows' but always good to stay open to 'the best' coming about. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎!

04.10.2019 09:47
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