When you're a full-time freelancer working from home and raising a family at the same time, you have to wear several types of hats. And no, I'm not just talking about Edward De Bono's 6 Thinking Hats.
Freelancers definitely have to wear more than just six types of hats.
You have to be bookkeeper, cleaner, organiser, publisher, writer, marketer, webmistress, consultant, pr person, planner, and lots more.
Sometimes, it can get very frustrating. Not just because of the amount of work and expectations that go with it all.
Many times, you have to face your inadequacies. And, I hate having to own up to the fact that no matter how hard I try, I can't possibly be great at everything. No one can.
Take web design, for instance. Sure, I can do web design from scratch. I can hack existing templates and customise them to my heart's content. I taught myself HTML and CSS enough to come up with decent-looking weblogs and sites. Hey - I even taught myself how to make graphics. But, when I look at some blogs and websites
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children’s book.
A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Technology” list.
Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.