why creativity is a buzzword among freelancers? One of the top skills
21st-century employers admire is creativity. A
creative workforce strategically tackles problems from different
perspectives, little wonder it is the most important human resource of all.
ability to think and create new ideas in novel ways, creative freelance talents
exhibit remarkable emotional intelligence and intellectual prowess backed with
strong analytical skills. Only 55
million Americans are known to be part of the creative class, contributing
significantly to the nation’s economy. They play a critical role in the
innovation process and innovating market value.
starts with creativity. In the workplace, a lack of creativity leads to
stagnation and leaves employers in a tight corner. In most cases, it makes it
almost impossible to perform, create change or solve a problem. Hence why
employers look for freelancers that cannot only get a job done but also can
create new concepts. For example, the adhesive
on post-it notes produced by Dr. Spencer Silver, a scientist working
in 3M was an almost-discarded invention. However, the adhesive sparked off an
idea in Art Fry, a fellow scientist which gave rise to post-it notes used
workplace — Hourspent Workstream, Slack, etc., employers subconsciously expect
the ideal candidate to think outside the box, offer opinions, insights towards
a problem. Unfortunately, only a few employers know they have a role to play in
the creative process. The role is not to manage the entire creative process.
The role is to manage FOR it. How? Creativity does not happen exclusively or
tacitly in a freelancer's mind but does during communication within a social
context or external environment not tied with work, deadline, or budget wherein
it may be codified.
Why isn’t everyone creative?
Not everyone can create or innovate. However, anyone can be encouraged to be
creative. Some of the ways to facilitate creativity in the workplace are by:
workers the liberty to express their thoughts about a project, without judging
their ideas outrightly.
Task them for
potential solutions to on-the-spot problem scenarios they are yet to encounter
in real-life situations.
in a calm environment with all necessary resources or a nature-themed interior
continuous learning within and outside the industry
What goes on
in the mind of highly creative freelancers?
workplace, confidence is another word for creative freelancers, but most times,
a lot of what goes in their minds tends to override their body language. This
gives others who do not think like they do the impression of who they're not
hence why are often isolated or lonely. What goes in the mind of creative
freelancers is different oftentimes against societal norms. Therefore, they're
often judged and misunderstood. It's intense in the Workplace especially for
full-time freelancers and contractors as they spend almost their whole day at
work. Despite being self-employed, working with their client’s team, or are
part of the team but on their terms, availability, or price quote does not help
matters. Some misunderstandings can sometimes lead to feelings of lack of
acceptance among the team members, or feeling of being separated from full-time
employees thereby making them see full-time employees as "1st class
consumed with these feelings and situations, it could inevitably lead creative
freelancers to over-think or worry about how the "whole thing" played
out. It could be during a brainstorming session, while prototyping with others,
UI/UX discussion sessions, etc. Their unnecessary worries could lead to
further thoughts about possible future events and possible worst-case
scenarios. Thereby making them very critical about themselves and sometimes
judge themselves for being the way they are.
those worries are traces of imagination. Obviously, creative freelancers can't
help it. Imagination is what powers a creative mind so they keep imagining lots
of things, "flexing" in their own heads, relishing in an alternate
reality even as they work. While this can help improve their work output, it
comes with its own price of negativity. Any negative thought in their
imagination can get what they're working on blown out of proportion. This
can result in them creating more problems as their project deadline approaches
because of the false beliefs they've created in their minds.
thing is, their imagination can move like wildfire, dreaming up ideas,
innovative thoughts, beliefs, and perspectives — a huge bonus for technology
startups disrupting an old industry but once it's erring on the negative side,
it can be a difficult trait to deal with.
backfire eventually, I mean whatever going on in their minds will backfire. If
not all, some of it will. Why? People tend not to comprehend highly
creative freelancers. So, when they get ignored or pushed aside, inferiority
complex sets in. Gradually, the feeling of low self-worth creeps in. As they
constantly put their dreams and ideas out there, more negative feedback from
people who don't understand or comprehend it increases. Startup founders are
not exempted from this, making them feel they're not good enough.
needs creative freelancers no matter how much the price is to be paid for it.
If my opinion is relatable and you freelance, you are one of the most highly
creative freelancers. Be proud of who you are because you are one of the
main contributors on earth. Be your true self and let go of any negative
thoughts. Don't let anyone limit you from being that creative being.