Should You Take The Jump? – Here’s how to decide wether to go freelance

Should You Take The Jump? – Here’s how to decide wether to go freelance

If you came across me not more than 2 years ago, I was working as a reception manager in a hotel, nothing special, just a standard shift based job. I had a burning interest in web development and it had developed into my hobby since the young age of 14, throughout the years I had done some unpaid projects as well as some paid projects on the side for the various places that I had worked. I knew where I wanted to go, I just didn’t know how to get there. I dreamt of working as a web designer but when I looked at what I could lose if it went wrong it didn’t seem worth it.

 

This all changed just under 2 years ago, I had looked at many articles such as this about going freelance and generally earning money online and I had a sudden realisation that if things went wrong and I ended up with no job or anything then so what, at least I would have tried right? a quote from the late Steve Jobs comes to mind “You’re already naked”, this was an extremely thought provoking quote, we are born with nothing and life is what we make of it, you sometimes have to follow your heart and find what you love to do.

 

So I did, I made a start building up my portfolio and building a client base and now I do very well from it. It hasn’t been easy but a little bit of self belief, self discipline and motivation goes a long way to making what you love work for you.

 

I can’t tell you how to live your life, and I do not know your personal circumstances, however, if you have a skill and know what you want to do in life moving forward then you should grab it by the horns and go for it, make it work for you. Where there is a will there is a way.

 

If you have decided to take the jump you need to research well into it, whilst it is great that you have decided to go for it and to quit your job, you need to make sure that you are prepared. Work out what the minimum amount of money that you need to earn per week is and then work out how you are going to get there. Be prepared to start small and work your way up, it is not impossible to start freelancing without a portfolio but you need to be prepared to work for very little money in order to create a portfolio.

 

Remember to cut out the extras, maybe you don’t need those takeaways or maybe you don’t need all those channels on your cable subscription, whatever it is, the more you can cut off your spending, the easier it will be for you to succeed as your expectations will be down to earth.

 

Good luck! I hope this article has been some help to you? let me know in the comments.

 

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