This week marks my 6-month freelance “anniversary!” I left full-time employment in April 2017 to set out on an entrepreneurial journey. These past few months have been an experience, to say the least. There have been highs and lows, but overall an incredible adventure! I’ve planned for this jump for many years and now I’m grateful to live it.
I was so used to consistency and routine in my everyday life before leaving my full-time job. It’s probably been the most difficult part of the transition that I’ve experienced so far. I struggle with keeping a routine when I’m working at home and I worry about the inconsistent money coming in. Being self-employed is a rollercoaster. Some days are not glamorous, especially when you have tight deadlines to meet or when clients are being difficult. At the end of the day, you are responsible for putting in the work and resolving the issues. You have to learn how to deal with projects and clients so it’s a win for everyone.
I worry (more often than I should) about my business failing. It’s a regular struggle that I face and I have to remind myself to keep moving forward. I feel very blessed to have had a lot of work coming in the last few months, but I am always concerned about the future. Anxiety is a real thing, and I’ve noticed that it doesn’t just go away even when things are going well. It’s not an easy thing to overcome, but I try to enjoy any downtime that I have, and not worry too much about what has not yet happened.
Along with these struggles, there are many perks to working for yourself that I’ve taken advantage of in the last 6 months. First is freedom. My days are open to doing what I want with them. I can take a morning, afternoon, or a FULL DAY off from work to do other things. If I’m feeling unmotivated, I step away from work and dedicate my time somewhere where I can be productive. I spend way more time outside- walking, going on a run, hiking, or just sitting on the patio enjoying some tea. Another major perk is that I can work on what I’m passionate about. Since becoming a full-time freelancer, I’ve only taken on web design, graphic design, SEO writing, and digital marketing projects. This is what I love to do and it’s nice to be able to choose to only work on things you enjoy.
I set a 6-month goal to bring in enough money to cover my living expenses, fun money, and to max out my ROTH IRA every month and I’m happy to say that I’ve done it! I haven’t had to touch a penny of my savings and that to me is a huge accomplishment. Time for the next goal!
This whole process has taught me to go after your dreams and that it’s critical to take risks. It’s all possible if you work towards it every day. You only live once, so take some leaps and make it happen. YOLO! Okay, I could go on and on with motivational quotes, but the main point is that you are totally capable of reaching your goals and living a life you love!
“I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed”
– Robert Schuller
Thanks for Reading,