I’ve written about the freelancing lessons you can learn from your canine, but if you share your office space with a cat, don’t dismiss her as simply snoozing on the sofa. She actually knows a thing or two about survival in the freelance world. Here are five lessons your cat can teach you.
While we don’t find information as readily, listening to other freelancers can help you avoid pitfalls that your colleagues have already discovered. For example, I was approached by an editor to write an ebook on a great topic, and was initially quite interested. I browsed a trusted writer’s forum and found several postings about that editor – all negative. This helped me prepare for our meeting, and when I decided to bypass the job, I felt more confident in my decision.
You may not have a dedicated office space, but that doesn’t mean you should put your comfort – and health – at risk. Take a look at your kitty: before she settles down for an extended nap, she selects a warm, comfortable environment. Listen to your body and review your work space, then take a cat-like approach to making yourself more comfortable.
Take time each year to review your client base and budget. Stay abreast of changes by attending conferences and networking events. Keep yourself open to new opportunities. Build in the ability to land on your feet, no matter where you may fall.
While we may not speak the same language, there’s a lot we can learn by studying the survival instincts of other species. So next time you take a break to give your cat a scratch or dangle a toy, don’t feel guilty about skipping out on work; consider it time doing research!
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