With Thanksgiving approaching here in the U.S., it’s a time for gratitude. What do you have to be thankful for as a WordPress freelancer?
We have a few ideas:
- WordPress itself. It’s an incredible piece of technology, openly created and shared by a vast community. Imagine how different things would be if you had to pay for WordPress? This ecosystem just wouldn’t be the same.
- Automatic backup. BackupBuddy (you are using BackupBuddy, right?) allows you to rest easy knowing your WordPress sites are being backed up by an automatic WordPress backup plugin. That’s a big burden you don’t have to carry.
- The WordPress community. A tremendous community has grown up around WordPress, and it makes all the difference. There are WordCamps and WordPress meetups where you can meet in person to connect and learn from one another. That’s pretty great.
- Technology. These days you can work at home and stay in touch with people around the world. You have the Internet at your fingertips, a computer you can carry with you anywhere and simple communication allowing you to collaborate remotely. Being a freelancer before the days of the Internet had to be much more complicated. Let’s raise a glass to the power of technology.
- Solid security. You can sit back with confidence knowing iThemes Security is protecting your WordPress sites (you’re using it too, right?!). Security has been more of an issue lately, and knowing your site is safe is worth a little gratitude.
- Freelance freedom. One thing many freelancers can be thankful for is freedom. As we’ve interviewed freelancers that’s an answer that continually comes up. It’s the freedom to be your own boss, make your own decisions, control your destiny, pursue the projects you want, work with who you want and do what you want. Thank goodness!
- Volunteers who make WordPress better. There are so many developers and volunteers who contribute to core code or create free plugins that make the WordPress community so much richer. None of us could do what we do without their contributions.
- Income and the clients who provide it. Every freelancer is thankful for the money that comes in the door and enables this lifestyle. And while there may be a bad apple every now and then, we’re thankful for the clients who provide that income. It’s an honor to serve them.
- Easy websites. Once upon a time a client would hire you to post content on their site. There was even a time when you couldn’t schedule content. If you wanted it to go live at 6 a.m., you had to be at your desk at 6 a.m. to make it go live. So glad those days are gone. Thankfully WordPress empowers us to make website updates easy, allowing us to give clients control over their own sites and allowing us to move on to more important work.
- Resources to learn. These days there are so many resources to help you learn. You don’t have to figure everything out on your own. Here’s how our founder, Cory Miller, expressed it when talking about our Ultimate Guide to Starting a Freelance Web Design Business: “I wish this book existed in 2007. I would have felt less nervous and been less anxious. I would have been better prepared for the ups and downs of freelancing. It would have been my desktop reference as I waded through what it really meant to be a solid freelance web designer.”
There’s so much we can be thankful for as WordPress freelancers.
And here at iThemes, we’ve got a lot to be thankful for, too. You may have noticed we gave a nod to a few of our products in the list above. We’re so thankful for our customers who buy our products, support our work and push us to do more.