Building Household: 30 Lessons We’ve Learned That Every Freelancer Should Know

March 11, 2019

Today, on Building Household with Hailey & Amy, we’re celebrating our 30th episode by sharing the lessons we’ve learned since starting each of our businesses. These have helped shape how we run things, how we manage work-from-home life, how we create work-life balance and so much more. We believe these are lessons every freelancer should know and since we don’t keep secrets here, we wanted to share them all with you guys!

Tune into the podcast to get a quick explanation on each lesson, scroll down to catch our full list and if you see one of the lessons hyperlinked that’s because there’s a past episode dedicated to that entire topic. Catch up on what you might have missed from us this past year, but above all else listen to this one – you won’t regret it!


  1. It’s okay to take a day off.
  2. Outsourcing is your friend.
  3. Bookkeeping is a must.
  4. Grow when you’re slow.
  5. Kindness over everything.
  6. Make daily / weekly schedules.
  7. Create a personal sounding board and support system..
  8. Comparison is overrated. Stay in your lane.
  9. Community over competition.  
  10. Know your worth & stand your ground.
  11. Listen to your moral compass.
  12. Know when to say no and when to work for free..
  13. Keep things clear with your clients.
  14. It’s not really about the money.
  15. If your work isn’t inspiring, take up a personal project.
  16. There are downfalls to overcommitting.
  17. Create an intentional social media presence.
  18. You’re gonna be broke sometimes!
  19. Goal setting is always important.
  20. Create a business that will live on to tell your story.
  21. Streamline your workflow.
  22. Define your brand.
  23. You will need to navigate hate (not everyone is going to get your work).
  24. Experimentation is crucial.
  25. Set yourself up for retirement/taxes.
  26. Failure, fear & vulnerability are inevitable.
  27. Do your market research.
  28. Tell YOUR story, not just your business’s.
  29. Don’t let unproductive periods last long.
  30. Working from home isn’t always the daydream you’ve dreamt of.

Photos by Amy & I!

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