If you aren't careful, you can fall into the trap of forgetting about the most important client of all: yourself.
Even though working on your own projects doesn't pay the bills, it is essential to long-term career growth and personal fulfillment.
You are taking a bold risk to focus on unpaid work for yourself instead of simply playing it safe by working on paid client projects.
Being your own client can be anything from learning a new skill to taking time for a passion project to marketing yourself.
While none of these actions result in income in the short term, they are all essential to long-term success in your career.
A client schedules a meeting in the middle of your planned personal time, so you just accept the meeting and push aside your personal work.
A deadline is rapidly approaching, so instead of working on marketing yourself, you focus on the deadline.
This is a dangerous trap to get into. Once you put off your side projects in the face of paid work once or twice, it becomes something you do all of the time. Soon your personal projects get no attention and you find yourself in a rut, lacking fulfillment and any growth in your career.
You are your most important client.
You must always remember that. Paid clients will come and go throughout your career, but you will always remain constant.
You are your own client for life, so start treating yourself like one.
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