All you need is love

Alex Butler writes a love letter to the freelance tribe

I had to miss one of our pop-up coworking jelly sessions yesterday, and I’ll admit to being a tad jealous that the KindredHQ coworking crew were having so much fun without me.

Having your tribe around you can be so powerful. I’ve written before about how important it is to get people on your side, your ‘team’, when you start freelancing and how it can be the making or breaking of you.

But I don’t think I’ve ever told the KindredHQ tribe how much I love being around them, how much of a difference they make to me, my confidence and my very being.  So here’s my Valentine’s message to you.

It’s humbling to be around you.  You are a daily reminder of the humour that exists in everyday life; of the lengths that some people will go to help someone out, and the incredible things that happen when you trust someone – sometimes a complete stranger – with your fears and ideas.i love my job

Great relationships are all about give and take, and we’re really good at that.  You lot are some of the most unselfish people I know.  You have the amazing ability to be able to spot the smallest sign that someone is feeling down, and produce words of wisdom and home baked bread. You cheer for every client won, project finished, all our major and minor successes.

We are the very antithesis of the cut and thrust world of old fashioned business. We’re a unit. It’s funny, but although we are independents, we often act as one.

And because we are a kind of family, we are able to make most places our home office for the day.  Somewhere that we can feel secure in the knowledge that we aren’t alone.

You make a difference, every day.  To me, to all the people around you. You’re making your dint on the universe.

Anyway, I just wanted to say I love you, and thank you for being in my life.


Your Valentine x

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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