FCT: When did you start working as a freelancer?
Sam: I began working as a freelancer in January of this year after I quit my previous job in order to pursue my dream.
FCT: Tell us about that dream.
Sam: My dream is to become a full time writer. To work for myself and have my own website filled with content that I created. The final part of that dream is being paid by companies to write my beautiful content which I am still working on.
FCT: Sum up your skills in 7 words.
Sam: Passionate about writing, gin and mean cats .
FCT: What do you enjoy most about freelancing?
Sam: I love the freedom and flexibility of freelancing. I’m not the biggest fan of being in an office. Plus you can work in your pajamas if you like and no one will ever know.
FCT: Do you think freelancing is unconventional?
Sam: I think freelancing was unconventional but in 2017 and the age of the Millennial, freelancing is the direction that more and more people are taking as we search for job satisfaction.
FCT: Describe the verb to freelance in the dictionary according to you.
Sam: free·lance | ˈfrēˌlans/ verb: to work when and as one pleases through generating work for various establishments as non-permanent staff. Usually from one’s own home or office.
FCT: Tell us about your work ethic.
Sam: I’m actually pretty hard on myself. I have a routine for everyday because structure is important. Once I land a job I do my absolute best to send out what they are looking for as soon as possible. I push myself until the best final product can be presented.
FCT: What do you believe makes you stand out from the crowd?
Sam: I am quirky with a unique view on the world. I think some of my blog topics are unusual and interesting such as gin and being a model. I think I have something fun and captivating to offer the world and hope that someday people will see that.
FCT: Describe the space where you work at?
Sam: I work from home at a beautiful desk that my boyfriend hand crafted for me including the laser etched image of a raven on the right side in tribute to the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland. Why is a raven like a writing desk?
FCT: How have you benefited from Freelance Cape Town?
Sam: I am still waiting for a client to find and use me through the Freelance Cape Town platform but I think it is a good way to have my name out there.
FCT: What are your words of wisdom/encouragement for those who are thinking of embarking on the freelance journey?
Sam: It is not an easy one and it is a very bumpy road. I am still figuring things out and often at times I have no idea what I am doing.
But I do believe that the universe has a way of making things work out and if you are completely passionate about something, it can only come into fruition with enough dedication and hard work.