They tell us in books, inspiring talks and blogs not to be afraid of following our dreams and passion. Despite any obstacles, do not give up, believe in yourself and keep on going even if you have to do it under stress of weather. Encouraged by this way of thinking, many people dare to leave a stuffy office and become a freelancer, or just renovate a house and start dating single police officers after a long break in relationships.
It might seem that a positive thinking is the magical wand. One wave, hocus-pocus, and here we are, at some distant island, sipping a cocktail under the sun, writing posts from time to time and sauntering down the water’s edge. This idealistic image pushes women to become freelancers without weighting all pros and contras. No wonder, at the end of the day, a woman is a stressed out, dead-beat freelancer, who sits night and day in front of her laptop with her eyes red, runs out of time and hardly looks like a happy self-employed person she imagined in her mind. More than that, she hardly makes ends meet because in the pursuit of her dream she left a full-rime job with the stable income. Read on how not to get trapped and make your transition to freelancing more safely.
Before jumping in with both feet
To avoid such a situation, take your time to asses yourself and realize what stands behind your wish to become a part of freelance economy. Sometimes, we do not notice that we are driven by superficial things, or just do not see the roots. For example, a proverbial burnout might be the reason driving you to go away out of the office. And even if it is not your case, take your time to make sure. Answer the following questions before making the final decision. If ‘Yes’ answers prevail, allay all fears and get down to business.
- The moment when alarm clock awakes you is the worst moment of your day. You hate it, and really do not understand morning persons whose energy level is boosted by the first rays of sun.
- You are an organized person, who loves time management, hates to be late and waste time on activities that does not result in achieving any goal.
- You are still productive when you work alone, at your home, wearing pajamas and home shoes.
- You are ready for unstable income, and have some savings to support you, or your family members.
- You definitely know what you want to do, to become a coach, YouTube blogger, writer and so on.
- Your networking skills are quite good. You have accumulated enough useful contacts.
- You are not afraid of competition and have some ‘competitive advantage’ varying from a good skill and ability to the unique experience and vision.
- You are not happy and not satisfied with you job. You see there is no opportunity to exploit your potential any more.
- You want to spend more time with you children.
Somewhere in between
All or nothing! With such slogan uniforms leave their office to run their own show. They forget that there is another option, that is combination of a current job and your hobby. This approach allows saving your nerves because you can be sure in your income, and trying yourself in a new kind of activity you want to be engaged in future. This ‘barbell strategy’ is a good chance to test yourself and understand whether you still want to be a freelancer and can manage your time and energy to do what you like to. Combining two jobs is not an easy task, and requires will-power, self-organization and, surely, passion that will make you keep on when you are exhausted. Besides, for those who hesitate whether to drop full-time job or not, who fear to upend a life and doubt in one’s own abilities, this strategy will come in handy. While implementing it, do not overlook the following things.
- Be realistic. Obviously, you won’t be able to devote all your time to developing your freelancing. Track how much time you will be ready to spend on it so that your full-time job would not be jeopardized. If you are going not to sleep at nights and do you freelance work, that definitely influence your health and ability to do your main job. At the end of the day, you’ll fail in both activities. A regular baby step taken towards you dream us a huge contribution and will definitely bear fruit.
- Find the balance. It is not so easy to find a work-life balance when you have just one job. Needless to say, balancing between two works and life is a bit harder. And here your time-management skill will be needed. Plan for your rest, have regular short breaks, and so some physical activity not to burn out at the early stage of your freelancing career.
- Be open with your boss. The boss should not necessarily be an enemy who opposes you and prevents all initiatives. Try to talk to him/her and find out whether it is possible for you to do your freelancing projects in the workplace once you complete all your tasks. Make sure you have conveyed the message that your freelancing won’t affect your productivity. In case a boss is OK with it, that will facilitate your life.
Downgrading your position: pros and cons
The scenario of keeping your current job might not look attractive at all when it encroaches on your personal life and drives you to the utmost; when your day consists of three blocks like commuting – working – lying without movement on the sofa and wishing the next day would never come. Then a full-time job won’t give you the tiniest chance for doing your freelancing job and living a full life as well. Though, there is a light at the end of this tunnel. That is a part-time job. But first, it is better to determine priorities and destroy misconception that part-time job exists only for students. If your focus is clearly put on developing freelancing and yet you need some money, think of a part-time job as a valuable resource of opportunities. Its advantages are quite supporting and encouraging.
- You release time for doing your freelancing projects.
- You do not become a ‘starving artist’ because a part-rime job brings you some income.
- You are not exhausted all the time and have energy to write posts for your blog, make video, or other freelancing projects.
- You’ll have time to enjoy life and people.
- You’ll be able to get to know new people and get some experience that might be useful for you.
- Changing job titles will be like the kick that you were missing to start moving to you dream.
- Now you can do what you like to do.
The main requirements to a part-time job should be freedom and flexibility so that you could make a schedule which is convenient for you. Multi-level marketing, real estate sales, coaching, online consultation and childcare are part-time jobs meeting the above mentioned requirements. More than that, these jobs might bring enough money. They might not involve your past experience and massive volume of knowledge, but still may need your communication and organization skills. Networking is another source of part-time job openings. Ask and you’ll be surprised how fast you’ll be able to find a new employment. For more ideas click on this link giving some tips on finding a part-time job.
On the flip side, downgrading your job title may be challenging and cause psychological discomfort. It is not so pleasant to feel like you are less qualified, to lose privileges and sense of self-worth. It is normal to not to feel like you belong here. At the same moment keep in mind that it is your choice, and remember for what purpose you preferred a part-time job. Be ready that initially you will be stressed because your usual routine will disrupt, and you’ll have to establish a new schedule to combine a part-time job, freelancing and a personal life. Take care of your diet and do physical activities regularly to boost your mood and energy. And do not forget to praise yourself and be proud of yourself because you dared to change your life and move forwards to your dream. If would be great to have people to lean on and friends who can help you and support when needed. Eventually, positive thinking and rational actions will deliver benefits without running to extremes.