Love will get you through

They stared longingly at each other for months, pretending not to be too bothered.

And finally, he made the move. Gingerly at first, an ad hoc date here or there and hushed conversations in between meetings.  But you just had to look at the way his eyes lit up when he talked about his secret love.  He’d found his passion.

Our hero is one of us. We fall in love with what we are doing, so we have to find a way to make it work. Anyone who has taken the leap into freelancing and independent working will tell you that despite all the challenges, it is the best decision they ever made.

I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate. – George Burns

Rather like any other loving relationship, we’ll do anything to make it work. Our love stops us from quitting. Love makes us persevere. We’ll put up with almost anything, just to make it work.

And the upside of love is that it’s infectious.  There’s something rather lovely about people who are in love with their work.  And when you put several of them together, as we do at our pop up coworking days and other events, there’s an energy that could power the nation.

You need that energy when you go it alone.  Starting a business is hard. Especially when you have to do and think everything for yourself.  There are frequent bad days, when you feel isolated and lose your confidence, and many give up at this point. That’s where the support and love of people who understand and have been through it is so important.

It may be a cliché, but love really will carry you through. If you are passionate about what you do, then trust your instincts. You will find a way to make it work.


Who is Alex Butler

Hello, I'm Alex Butler and I founded the KindredHQ community and blog back in 2011 after I re-started a freelance career. I LOVE freelancing and I wouldn't swop the freedom, control and joy of working for myself for anything. But I realised how much I missed the company and energy of other people - of having a team around me. So, I got a few people together one day with our laptops, a jar of coffee and some jelly babies and we sat and worked together one afternoon. We've been doing that every week in London, UK since then! I am still 100% freelance and I like to share the everyday highs and lows of being a freelancer here on the blog.

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