Taking the plunge from full-time to freelance is super scary, risky, and rocky. But it’s also extremely rewarding, exciting, and puts you completely in charge of your livelihood. For those of you who recently landed on the ‘freelancer’ side of the fence, here are five things I wish I knew before I made the leap.
Plan Out Everything
When you’re relying on solely yourself, you need to take charge. Client meetings, phone calls, Skype interviews, and deadlines all quickly add up. My best advice? Invest in a planner. My Day Designer is my everything and without it, I’d be totally lost. It’s made for #girlbosses like you in mind. So get to planning!
It Takes Time
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your biz. Patience, grasshopper.
Working for Free
This is one question tons of people ask me. Should they work for free? The answer is yes, absolutely. If you don’t have a portfolio to share with potential clients, you’ve got to start building one. You need to have samples to offer. And if that means taking on some non-paying or low-paying clients for a month or two, so be it.
Your Family and Friends Won’t Get It
When you first start working on your side-hustle or biz and 323211 million hours on the computer, some people just won’t understand. It took me years to prove to my loved ones that I could support myself as a freelance writer. As with your budding business, give them patience. They’ll eventually come around.
Some Days You’ll Hate It
Sometimes, you’ll want to simply throw your hands up in the air and say “Fug it! I’m getting a 9-5 job again!” Or other days, you just won’t feel like showing up. Your bed might feel super comfy that morning and the last thing on your mind will be that 1,000-word paper due on kitchen appliances.
You’re your own boss, thus you have to hold yourself accountable. Show up, get the work done, and reap the rewards.
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