Change is daunting. While they say that a change is as good as a rest, the thought of changing careers, giving up your well paid job and following your passion instead to go freelance can be heart palpitation inducing. If your current role isn’t challenging, lacks stimulation and has you bored sat at your desk for eight hours a day, five days a week, then something has to change. While you might be financially well rewarded you might not be personally fulfilled. This is why you need to consider the joys of going freelance. You will dictate your hours, the work you take on and how much you charge. Take a look at why becoming a freelancer could be the change you’ve been looking for.
What To Do?
If you enjoy the industry that you’re in but you don’t like the position you currently have, you could switch it up by going freelance but remaining within your sector. You might want to continue with your marketing job, branch into advertising or specialize in online marketing. The choice is yours. If you are a financial whiz, it might be time to look into those niche markets such as providing accountancy services to IT contractors or SMEs. By finding a targeted niche, you could find yourself quickly in demand as the larger companies focus on more standard and well-tapped markets.
You may fancy a break away from your current career. Switching roles will require retraining, but this can be exciting. Get an IT qualification, become a web developer, use WordPress on docker to create incredible websites for companies across the globe, and make a name for yourself worldwide. This isn’t as far fetched as it sounds.
The joys of freelance are tenfold. You can have the odd pajama day, work at your dining room table sipping your favorite coffee, and taking a break to watch an episode from the box set that you’re currently getting through. At the same time, freelancing introduces a whole new world of temptation to your working life. You cannot afford to procrastinate, scroll through Facebook for hours at a time, or sleep in. You need to be disciplined and willing to self motivate in order to get a day’s work done. While this is difficult initially, when the work rolls in, you won’t have a choice. Being freelance will result in lulls. During these periods you need to try and make new connections and enhance your online presence to attract traffic to your website to generate new business.
Being a freelancer might seem like the ultimate freedom. And it is. But you also need to be willing to put the hard work in initially in order to create your book of contacts for work. Realizing that every business function of your startup is your responsibility can come as a shock, so you need to be willing to delegate and outsource. Follow this guide and use your newfound willingness to change to follow your passion and become a freelancer.