5 Things I Wish Someone Would've Told Me Before Quitting My Full-Time Job for Freelancing

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A year and a day ago (literally) I was on my way to a job I hated listening to an audiobook that pushed me closer and closer to ripping it off like a bandaid and pursuing my dreams of working for myself. It was called “You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero and it changed my life, and from everyone I’ve talked to about it, their’s, too. (There’s an affiliate link there. I get maybe like .10 if you buy it, but I’m more concerned about what it can do for your life, trust me.)

Finally, I quit. I just did it, no regrets, and that afternoon my freelancing business was born. Boy, has it been a wild ride. While I had the words of Jen Sincero to get me through, there are some things I wish someone would’ve told me about freelancing specifically to make it easier. Fortunately, for you, I’m doing that for you, right now.

  1. Freelancing is easier than you think.

    In traditional thinking, we’ve painted the picture of a freelancer as a starving creative vying for gig after gig in order to make ends meet. I can’t tell you how laughable that cliché is, as now there are freelance business consultants raking in over $350/hr. Yeah. The best part is, setting up a cushy freelancing life like that is so much easier than you think. With freelancing platform giants such as Upwork, Freelancer, and Fiverr, having a steady stream of high-paying clients is easy to attain. Just know your worth by calculating the hourly rate you deserve and start prospecting.

  2. All the resources you need are at your fingertips

    Literally. The internet of things is ripe for the picking with free business tools here to aid you in getting started. You may want to consider upgrading a few accounts to gain access to next-level features, but the great thing is when you’re ready and comfortable to invest in your business growth, you can do that at your command. For a list of my faves, click here. I use all of these and love them. You can also read this article I was featured in with a host of other great tools.

  3. Chill, you’ll be able to pay bills.

    This is easily the biggest limiting belief when going into business for yourself. “What if I can’t pay my bills?” “What if I don’t make enough money?” Listen very closely to what I’m about to tell you, and take it sincerely to heart…

    That. Is. BULLSHIT.

    Seriously. Humans naturally find comfort in accommodating fear. The line “you have nothing to fear but fear itself” is so astoundingly true, and this is a prime example. Your fears become your thoughts, so if you go into freelancing fearing that, so it shall be. If you go into freelancing believing in your heart that it’s bullshit and that you’ll be successful, and that failure isn’t an option, and that you’re going to absolutely crush it, believe me when I say you will. If you need a bit more encouragement, read this.

  4. There is an ASTOUNDING need for your freelance talents.

    In the beginning, I was worried that there were already too many freelancers for the amount of work out there, but I was so wrong, it’s scary. The demand for freelance work is literally astounding, to the point where there are multiple outlets with millions of freelancing job listings and a limited talent pool. Plus, not all freelancers are the same. It’s a free market, so there’s low-cost, low talent freelancers, mid-experience mid-cost freelancers, and high-cost top-talent freelancers. No matter your level of skill, there’s a demand. And it’ll only increase, which I’ll explain in my next point.

  5. You’re getting your foot in the freelancing world at the right time.

    The workforce is changing. As millennials enter the workforce and trade traditional values such as certainty and consistency for flexibility and fulfillment, the flexible job world is, and already has, increased three-fold.

    Don’t believe me? Let’s look at some numbers, my skeptical friend.

  • 35% of Americans freelanced in 2018, up by 7% since 2013

  • The percentage of non-freelancers only grew by 2%

  • 47% of freelancers are millennials

  • 67% said the amount of work they found online increased in 2018

  • 47% spend less than two hours a week looking for work

Key Takeaways

Let’s get to the meat and potatoes of what I’m trying to get across here.

  • You have everything you need to be a successful freelancer, you just need to do it.

  • Unlearn the bullshit. You got this.

  • There is more than enough demand to make ends meet and then some.

  • As Nike says, JUST DO IT!

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