So youâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢ve spent the last few months checking out all the freelance blogs, articles and general news going around that this is the time to start freelancing. YouâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢ve been dilly-dallying with the idea of working on your own for some time, but thereâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s that one little step that might have been forgotten. Just start.
ItâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s normal to have some fears diving into something new such as freelancing. After all, you may have heard it isnâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢t easy. I wonâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢t paint a rosy picture here, because it is true. It is freakin hard. There are good days and bad days and then really good days and really bad days. It all is just a part of the profession. There are always the same objections that hold you back:
Yes, freelancing is hard at first.
The demands of freelancing clearly outweigh those of a job. On top of the actual work you specialize in, there are other added responsibilities such as looking for clients, accounting/invoicing plus managing your time. These can be somewhat overwhelming when starting out.
The truth is after a while, if you work at it, this gets much easier. ItâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s all a part of the learning curve… learning to be a freelancer and giving yourself responsibilities that you may never have at a regular job. Those help you grow in your career and make it more satisfying.
No matter all the advice you read, you will make mistakes. ItâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s OK.
Most of those who start freelancing want everything to go perfect right from the get-go, fearing mistakes could cost time and money. While it is true that time gets wasted and your pocketbook can take a little hit, they happen to even the most seasoned veterans.
Mistakes are just another part of the learning curve, so get use to making them. You can read all the material you want, telling you not to touch a hot stove, but it still gets touched anyway. And repeatedly.
There are so many ways a freelancer can mess up, from under-pricing a project to deleting an important file, which is nearly impossible to prevent. You will learn from the mistakes faster, however, than any post from Freelance Switch and not forget either.
You will get the hang of it, eventually.
Naturally in our occupations, we become more efficient in our work. This often explains the boredom we eventually experience in our regular jobs. When you think about it, arenâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢t the first few months interesting while after a while, when you can do everything in your sleep, it starts to feel like youâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢ve hit a dead end?
Luckily there is no dead end in freelancing. ThatâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s the beauty of it; you never stop learning nor get bored of your occupation. There is always room to improve and those that continue to do so will often be rewarded in the end.
If you donâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢t start now, you probably never will.
Even through you may be highly motivated to start freelancing, there is the tendency to keep waiting for that “spark” to get us going. That spark could be anything from a well-wishing friend to reading a story of how a freelancer in your field became successful. It is usually just one tiny little thing, too, when all it needs to be is the decision to just do it.
Unfortunately, what happens is that we also tend to look for and believe news that supports our worries about freelancing. It is not hard to find a horror story or two on the web. The end result, though, is that we take it seriously and never get around to starting out of fear. So best to start while the motivation is high and not look back.
So what are you waiting for?
Yes, itâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s time to stop thinking and get to perfecting that portfolio, searching the job boards and get working. ThereâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s never a better time than now so jump on in!
Johnny Spence is a freelance programmer who has never regretted quitting his job in 2002 to pursue freelancing. He self-admittedly thought he wasnâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢t cut out for it, but through trial and error he managed to get what he wanted most: working on his own terms.