Realising the Freelance Dream with Psychologies Magazine

Have you picked up this month's copy of Psychologies Magazine yet?

If you flip to page 26 of the October 2018 issue, you'll find a familiar name - our very own Tania Diggory!

We worked with Ali Roff of Psychologies to highlight the expectations vs. realities of freelancing. In the modern workplace, there is often a mix of full-time and freelance staff, and we know it's easy to think "the grass is greener" being a freelancer. In certain aspects it is - but you may find a few roadblocks along the way.

Here's a few snippets of advice for improving your freelance work, and achieving your dream work-life balance:


1. Accept and Appreciate New "Colleagues"

Are you ready to spend a whole lot of time with your partner, your family, and even your pets? Working from home may feel like a welcome break from commuting, but it can put a strain on your close relationships.

Find a way to dedicate time to your work, and time to your close ones, without feeling guilty.


2. Get Out of the House - Regularly

There are many benefits to working from home. However, "cabin fever" can become an issue. Combine a routine centred around one single location with a lack of colleagues, and you may find yourself in quite a difficult situation.

Look for flexible ways to get out of the house - whether that's a fitness regime at your local gym, or dedicating a few hours per week to a co-working space, you will really appreciate the breaks in your routine.


3. Respect Your Decision

There are both pros and cons to being a freelancer. Commitment to your decision is key to better wellbeing across your business and your wellbeing. However, you may experience nagging doubts - sometimes even verbalised by friends and family.

Respect that you have chosen a brave path - one with uncertainty, driven by a passion inside of you - and seek support from those who truly champion you.

Want to know more? Pick up a copy of Psychologies this month, or join in with our free Five-Year Burnout Campaign, called The Reignite Project.

What are the Signs of Burnout?

Do you feel constantly stressed or drained? You may be suffering from burnout.

Burnout is the result of long-term, unresolved stress. It can affect performance, productivity, and for some entrepreneurs, it even puts their business at risk.

With over 3.4 million entrepreneurs experiencing burnout in the UK alone, it's time we tackled this as a collective.


1. Physical, EMOTIONAL & mental exhaustion

Are you tired all the time? Exhaustion can manifest itself in a number of ways, but a sure-fire way to know when you're burning out is to find yourself without energy on a physical, mental, or emotional level.


2. A Lack of Motivation

At some point in time, you loved what you were doing. You were thrilled to be making a difference in your role - whether you're a full-time employee or an entrepreneur. A lack of motivation is a real sign of burnout, and by managing burnout you will continue that same passion.


3. Negative Thinking

Do small things tick you off? If you find you're quick to be frustrated by things that wouldn't regularly be an issue,  you may well be on the road to burnout.


4. Trouble Focusing

Is there too much to do, or are you having issue focusing? By being unable to get into a state of flow, it may be that burnout is reducing your ability to focus.


Want to combat burnout for good?

We've just launched The Reignite Project, our five-year campaign tackling burnout in over 600,000 entrepreneurs. Get involved - for free - and see how it can transform your business and wellbeing too!

Stress-Busting Strategies for Entrepreneurs

How do you deal with stress? And how does it manifest itself in you?

From a simple difficulty in focusing, to physical pain and trouble sleeping, stress can put you and your business at risk. It's part of the reason why we started Calmer - to support entrepreneurs and prevent them experiencing stress.

Here are a few ways you too can take control of your stress levels:


Remind Yourself of Your Bravery

Starting up your own independent business, enterprise, or project takes courage, perseverance and bravery.

That's a line from our book, This Is Calmer. It's something you should remind yourself every time you start feeling stressed; the path you have chosen is incredibly brave.

You probably knew times were going to be hard, and you're experiencing that now. That's okay - many of us do.

Embrace that you've chosen a hard path to follow, and praise yourself for persevering.


Train Yourself to be Calmer

We’ve just launched our Digital Wellbeing Training, called The Calmer Entrepreneur.

You can beat stress and become a Calmer Entrepreneur with our series of holistic training videos.

The training videos are there for you to complete in your own time, and go at your own pace. They encompasses business and life goals across five modules, including:

  1. Balancing your business and your wellbeing

  2. Understanding how experiences shape who you are

  3. Dealing with digital overload

  4. Discovering the often overlooked key to success

  5. Setting yourself up for inner and outer success

We hope our course will help you find your feet as an entrepreneur, learn to manage your time effectively, and strike a balance that suits you.

3 Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs

What does it take to become a successful entrepreneur? It certainly takes a great deal of skill to create your own path, build your enterprise, and balance your wellbeing at the same time.

To celebrate #WorldEntrepreneurDay, we've compiled the habits that all the successful entrepreneurs we know do and practice. We hope these will inspire you, and bring you a brighter, balanced future too.


1. Get Into Routine

Business has no routine. With meetings, phone calls, and new opportunities springing up all over the place, it's important to ground yourself and set out your own routine. And that doesn't have to be the usual 9am - 5pm either. In fact, only 6% of the UK workforce keep to those hours now!

Give yourself a daily routine, and a weekly routine, that works for you. Tailor it to what works, and remove what doesn't.

And more important of all: communicate your routine. Put it in your email signature, let clients know when you're out of hours, and regain some control.


2. Network and Stay Topical

Keeping up to date with the latest advancements in your industry is even more important when you go solo. Knowledge - and who you know - is crucial, so make sure you get to relevant events in your area. 

Calmer's events are a great place to start, connecting fellow entrepreneurs, freelancers, and business owners together in a non-judgemental space with implementable takeaways too.


3. Stave Off Burnout

A happy mind makes for a happy business. It's one of the core values we believe at Calmer, and it's also a key component in any successful entrepreneur's repertoire.

We know being a successful entrepreneur requires a lot of hard work. It's why we set up the Reignite Project, to join a community of entrepreneurs together across the world and prevent burnout.

Find out how to notice the signs of your own burnout, and support others in doing the same, by joining our Reignite Ambassador Programme.

How To Overcome Self-Doubt

Have you ever doubted yourself and your dreams?

Have there been times when you've thought about quitting and settling for less than what you truly desire?

I've certainly been there.


How to Deal with Setbacks

Dealing with setbacks is a part of the entrepreneur journey. Things don't always go how you'd planned or expected - and what have I learnt over the years I've been running my company since 2010? 

Setbacks do not define who you are nor to they reflect your ability to achieve what you truly desire. It is a bump in the road and more importantly, an opportunity to experience a profound learning curve that will shape your journey moving forward.


Two Types of People

My yoga teacher shared a theory in class the other day (very wise, this one). He said he believes there are two types of people in the world. People who are led by love, and people who are led by fear.

Fear is a block. It is a feeling that we can embody and believe about our situation, yet what we're fearing isn't necessarily truth. If you approach what you fear and choose to be led by love instead - what you believe in wholeheartedly and committing to that feeling - over time you can feel a transformation happen within you, and it's remarkable what can happen in your life as a result of that shift.

Now, I'm not saying this in a wishy-washy kind of way... I mention this because I completely relate to what he was saying, from experience.

Because I've gone through what he is talking about.


Overcoming Self-Doubt

I've lived in fear and my transformation came from dedicating my energy and time to shifting my mindset about what I believed to be true about myself, knowing that I am capable of achieving empowering work and owning the passion to make a difference through my work. Shifting any negative thinking patterns and owning positive reinforcements that aligned with my true potential.

Remember, each one of us embodies limitless potential within - so how do we unlock it?

I believe when you make the choice to approach your decisions from a place of love, not fear, magic happens.

For sure, this takes practice... it is in no way easy!


Give It Time

If you're struggling with fear right now and you want to make that change, then it is worth the love/fear battle within you, to commit every day to shifting any negative belief patterns you're experiencing and embodying what is true for you and your passion.

Change doesn't happen overnight. It takes time.

Think of it as rewiring the thought patterns in your brain so you can approach your decisions a different way, one that serves you best.

After a while, I'm positive that you'll start to believe and internalise that place of love, rather than a place of fear.

Finally, and significantly, keep your support network close during this time. You know who they are.

Here's to your inner and outer success.

Tania x