We sat down with Sarah Townsend for this week’s episode of the Coworking Values Podcast. Sarah Townsend has been a freelance copywriter for over 20 years.
And we are going to talk about her book and how it came to be. As a self-employed woman, she wrote Survival Skills for Freelancers in 2020. The Amazon #1 bestseller smashes the misconceptions about self-employment to help you master it without burnout.
What are your most important points about mental health?
Ultimately, I believe it boils down to a desire for community. And, as you mention, I began freelancing in 1999 after working in agencies. So I went freelancing in this bustling, buzzy environment full of banter and chatter.
And overnight, I was stuck in this office at the top of my house with only the cat fur company. And I really struggled. Being with others, even if it’s just on zoom calls, gives me a lot of energy. But I found it difficult to accomplish everything myself. Oh my God, I’m not seeing anybody from the morning when my then-husband left to work till 630 in the evening, it wasn’t only that sharing solitude.
It’s exactly what you said. It’s as if you’re working in an echo chamber, alone in your daily struggles. So I don’t know what to charge. You can’t ask anybody else, you can’t bounce ideas. You want to speak to someone about how they dealt with a tough customer since you’re now dealing with one.
As freelancers, we face many challenges on a daily basis. Don’t get me wrong: it’s fantastic. We’re aware of it. We wouldn’t do it if we didn’t know what we were doing. However, there are many obstacles and hurdles that must be overcome before we may accomplish them.
I think that the three techniques I give in the book, as well as when I discuss Coworking and online communities, are all about discovering your people.
Finally, freelancers, entrepreneurs, small business owners, businesses, whatever they choose to call themselves. They are yours. People who have complementary skills to you who can collaborate with you. Can have a laugh with you and can go into the coworking space on a Monday morning.