When I started my career as a freelance translator, working alone was at the top of my pros and cons list.
I've always been the kind of person who likes to spend many hours on her own, and I also love to structure my workday according to my needs. Working as a freelancer means being an entrepreneur, with all that this entails. We must look for new clients, maintain good relationships with the old ones, and sometimes talk with our colleagues about a common project.
For weird it may seem, freelancers need to speak with other human beings, not only to their computers or pets. Don't get me wrong, I love my cat, but communicating with other persons is crucial for my mental health. I spend most of my week in my home office, so exchanging ideas with fellow translators can be incredibly positive.
For this reason, I think that LinkedIn really helped me to come out of my shell.
Yes, I'm still a connected hermit, but I discovered I can also be part of a team. Thanks to posts, comments, and messages, I can virtually poke my nose out of my door to e-meet my colleagues, and this proved to be a tremendous benefit both for my creativity and mental health.
What do you think?