Try to find good bosses that you can work with long term. This is easier than having new bosses and new horses to get used to each week.
Try to find nice, kind people to work for. Some folks pay really high money, but they aren’t necessarily nice people and maybe they have to pay high wages to attract anyone. Working for a high salary doesn’t always mean happiness. I prefer to work for kind people and make less money but remain sane. No amount of money will ever be enough to work for some riders who are rude, bad-tempered, arrogant, cruel or mean. I’ve been there before and I don’t like it. I’ve never done this job for the money; I do it because I love it. So the people you work with count more than anything in the end. You will find your type of people and who you fit in well with.
Don’t Forget About Yourself
If you are traveling a lot doing freelance, take a day or two between jobs to rest up and relax. Traveling can be very stressful in itself, never mind if you are working. So a few quiet days doing something else can freshen your mind and body.
Learning the Language
If you can learn a few words in a few different languages, that will also help your overall experience. If I’m traveling to a foreign country, I put a few phrases into google translate and learn them, such as, “I need food for my horse”; “Where is the taxi?”; “I need a hotel.” A few phrases already downloaded can help in a sticky situation.
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