The Emotional Roller Coaster of Starting a Freelance Business

The Emotional Roller Coaster of Starting a Freelance Business

However passionate, determined and self-disciplined you are about your freelance business, you will reach an unexpected road block at some point that will see your will and determination tested to the limit. Speak to any business owner and, at some point, they will have had sleepless nights about their business and would have no doubt asked themselves whether they had done the right thing by going it alone. Caroline Sandler is a Director at Sandler Training in Cambridge and certainly remembers those feelings: “I was pretty realistic about the challenges of starting a business as I’ve worked alongside friends and family as they built theirs, but it is different when it’s your business. Inevitably there are times late at night when you question what you have done and whether you can make it work.” Vhari Russell, owner of The Food Marketing Expert, has also experienced the same concerns shared by so many others and also the worry of going from the secure feeling of a job to the financial uncertainty of self-employment: “I started The Food Marketing Expert as I wanted to help more business grow and develop. Having worked for a number of businesses I had grown frustrated with the lack of belief that they could grow and wanted to help other business with the knowledge I had about marketing and sales within the food industry. Like many new start-ups one of my main worries was earning enough money and losing the security of a job.” So, what are the mental resources needed to start a business? Caroline explains, from her own experiences: “You need a certain amount of emotional toughness and determination to...