You decided to go freelance. Great. Now what?
I’ve been there, I am there, and I’m trying to figure out how to go about things. How do I put myself out there to get more work and make an income for myself? I don’t have the answers, and after a lot of research, I don’t think there is a key answer.
You can’t compare yourself to the bloggers or the people you’re looking up to because you don’t know their story. You don’t what they’ve gone through to get to where they are. I’m actually telling myself this because I often compare myself to other people.
So here I am, being open, honest and vulnerable about doing this.
And to make a long post longer: why did I go freelance?
I was forced to…sort of.
After working a full-time position for a bit, the company decided they didn’t need a creative person and I was part of the downsizing (read: let go).
I never had any intent on working for a company forever, but I had this plan with how I was going to go about working on my own. I wanted a certain amount in savings, have a few more projects under my belt, hustle at nights and weekends until business picked up, but sometimes life has plot twists and you have to go with it.
In the meantime, I’m contracting, creating and laying out on paper what I want to do and trying to keep it all together. I’m not here to sugar coat anything because I’m not Willy Wonka so I’ll be the first to say, yes there are days I want to say, “forget it!” and find some “regular” job or go into teaching because it’ll be “easier” (note: I think teachers are one of the hardest and most underpaid people, ever).
Then I realize, I don't have kids, I’m not worried about planning a wedding and I'm actually OK; this is my time. Things happen for a reason.