The Young Professional's Handbook

Why I Went Into Freelancing

On May 10, 2019, I will leave my 9-5 job doing digital marketing and take the plunge into the world of freelance work. Why would I leave a stable job to pursue the unknown, you may ask? Well, for a few reasons.

1. Fortune favors the bold.

I’m sure you’ve heard the classic phrase, “the higher the risk, the greater the reward.” Well, I can’t think of anything more risky than leaving a stable full-time job to pursue a life of freelance work. But as risky as it is, I also can’t think of anything more rewarding. That brings me to my next point.

2. It felt right.

Have you ever had one of those “ah ha!” moments where the light bulb just turns on in your brain? Well, for me, that was what happened when I came to this conclusion.

I thought about choosing what clients and work I wanted to take on, and having the freedom and time to pursue more learning. I thought about creating my own social media plan and website by utilizing the skills I had that I couldn’t use in my current position. I thought about working towards my own dream, instead of somebody else’s.

And when I thought about these things, I got that warm, fuzzy feeling in my body where everything just feels…right. What more can you ask for in a job?

3. I felt prepared and I had some guidance.

I am not the type of person who likes to just jump into things, believe it or not. For months, I have researched how to start your own freelance consulting agency. I looked to some of my friends who had taken a similar path and found success, such as my talented copywriter friend Katy Mairs.

We are in such an information age, and with the collective knowledge of humankind at my fingertips, it felt like it was impossible to fail if I really worked hard. Speaking of working hard…

4. I’m able to create my own experience, and my dream job.

“One of the best things life has to offer is to work hard at work worth doing.” Teddy Roosevelt hit the nail on the head when he said that. There’s nothing more liberating than realizing that you can use the talents and skills you have to create your own brand and pursue your own vision.

And what’s my vision? Using my writing talents to help others follow their vision. All I have ever wanted to do was change the world with my words. And with my own freelance agency, that dream is within reach.

So, as scary as it may seen starting off, I’m confident that starting my own freelance consulting agency is the best decision I’ve ever made for my career. If you’d like to learn more about me and my services, please feel free to visit the services section of my website.

Any other freelancers reading this and relate? Drop a comment below about your experience and how you figured out freelancing was for you!

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