Can you relate to this? You’re 100% sure that you want to work for yourself. You want to freelance, start your own business, and gain back control of your time. The problem? Well, you know that you want to start your own thing, but what exactly is “your thing”?
You’re all over the place because you like too many things, and choosing one would mean forgetting about all others. So you don’t want to commit to any of them – just in case you don’t like it enough. You know what? I get you! Welcome to the multipassionate club 🙂
The funny thing is that you may not even consider it a problem! What is wrong with changing from one passion to the other, right? As long as you do it right… Why shouldn’t it work? – you may ask.
Well… the thing is that if you want to offer your services or products, you’ll have to set what they are. Sooner or later, you’ll have to choose. And you won’t want to change your offering every month, right? So let’s see different strategies to find out what your services can look like.
3 ways to choose your freelance services
- Write down possible combinations of all your passions and choose one that could work as a business, for instance:
– photography + traveling
– languages + teaching
– traveling + writing
– yoga + social media
– pets + photography
– crafting + teaching
If you think that could get boring with time because you can’t imagine your life without baking muffins… nobody is telling you not to cook yummy muffins in your free time!! Not everything has to be business-related, remember 😉
- Do you know what you definitely don’t want to do? If you aren’t sure about what you want to do, make a list of what you don’t want to do. Then, combine this list with the possible combinations of all your passions you did in the previous step. Does it help?
If you still need help, go ahead and feel free to download this worksheet to find your “ikigai” (a Japanese term to describe that very thing that makes you thrive!).
- Second-guess yourself: Are you sure the reason for not being able to choose is the agony of choice – and not your fear of failure? Think about it: If you don’t choose any option in particular, you won’t fail in any of them. It might even be unconscious, but… couldn’t that be a way of protecting yourself against failing?
What to do when you get bored at your own business
Now, if you’re still thinking that choosing one service offering, or a business model in particular, will let you get bored as fast as the last Big Little Lies season ended, there’s no need to worry: You aren’t setting anything on stone!!
I know I said before that you aren’t supposed to be changing your offerings every month, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t spice your own business up! You can add more services, combine them in service packs, create new products, get in collaboration with other freelancers… There are tons of things you could do not to get bored! Believe me, freelancers and solopreneurs don’t even know the meaning of the word “boredom” 😉
Check out this short but sweet blog post on why starting something new seems so hard
Do you have any other questions or fears related to starting a business? Is there anything that is letting your insecurities become fear? Leave a comment below and let us know!
Feel free to download the ikigai worksheet below to let your mind get to work and find out what you’d like to do.
What's Your Ikigai?
Find out what your ideal life looks life!