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IT’S A SCARY RIDE

Freelance:

— n
1.  a. Also called: freelancer. a self-employed person, especially a writer or artist, who is not employed continuously but hired to do specific assignments

In my words,

1. a. Also called: freelancer. a self-employed person, required to find their own work, someone who risks a comfortable salary for something that they love, totally worth it, but scary as hell

I think that’s a pretty good definition. I get asked a lot why I decided to leap into full-time freelancing to focus on my own freelance business, probably because it sounds like a risky decision. But, I’ve never been a very risk-adverse person. Like I mentioned before, I knew it was the right time for me to take the leap, because I was so unhappy at my current job. I wasn’t being challenged as a designer, felt myself getting worse and no longer loving the thing that I had spent so many years learning.

I know that I will come across people who will ask me what I do, and when I finish explaining, they will still have a blank look on their face. This is because, not everyone will understand. Not everyone’s brains are functioned to think like mine, like a crazy person, like an entrepreneur, like a creative. That’s just how the world works. Don’t dwell on this. Explain what you do and move on. There is no reason to have to convince someone that what you are doing is a good idea. If you think it’s a good idea and you’re good at, then do it!

But, no matter how good you are at something, the road will always be bumpy and you will be scared. I promise. But don’t assume that you are going to fail. Instead, make long term goals for your business, create a personality that readers/clients/customers can associate with your brand, and budget wisely. Don’t be careless with your money, and especially with your time.

And, to make the most of a scary situation, enjoy the ride.

Great articles to read related to this topic:

Failure: It’s Not That Bad

Quit Your Day Job – Making the Leap to Full Time Freelancing

Melissa Breau Goes Full Time Freelance and Tells Us About It (a story of a fellow creative who went freelance and answers some questions)

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