I seriously enjoy freelancing. It’s probably the best thing I have ever decided to do, and it nets me some extra cash for those long weekends and those Christmas presents that people like. And in the is economy it’s not exactly the worlds worst choice to have some extra income on the books. Plus it helps to keep me occupied on weekends.
I often wonder why more people don’t do it, especially when they have a passion for the things that they do.
And there are far more areas of freelancing than people give credit too.
It can be quite scary to switch full time, but I pity those people who won’t even make the attempt. After all, if you try, and give it your best shot, but fail, then at least you made the effort instead of not bothering.
Even now, whilst working in a full time job, I look towards opportunities to do some freelance work, not only to help build my portfolio and increase my industry contacts. But heck it earns me some extra cash as I mentioned, and it gives me extra stuff to do on weekends and week nights in my free time.
Plus the more clients I manage to grab, especially those that want regular work, increase the likelihood that someday I’ll be able to make the switch on a more permanent basis.
It is certainly a lot of fun doing it along side regular work though (as long as you can cope with the pressure) because you get a lot of creative freedom to pick the projects you really want to do, because you don’t have to worry about snapping up as much work as you can, because you can still lean on your regular day job.
Plus as you start getting into it, you always have the option of discussing with work about switching to part time and slowly cutting down your hours until you can switch over completely.
I won’t kid you though, full time freelancing is a LOT of hard work, and you need to be right up on the game.
Still for those people looking at getting into the freelancing game at all there are a couple of places I certainly suggest you start looking.
Straight off the bat, head over to Freelance Switch. It’s a blog that covers all the aspects about making a move from full time employment to freelancing full time, but the amount of advice you can find on it is huge. As well as a number of links to useful web apps that you will likely want to make use of if you want to take up freelancing.
For those of you who are of a creative mind set, I’d also recommend checking out Crowd Spring seen as they do crowd sourcing for companies, so it could give you a good opportunity to get your feet wet and dip your toe in the big freelancing waters.
And as an important note. If you want to get into the freelancing game, try to save enough money so that when you quit your day job, you have ideally a three month buffer for you to start getting serious clients in. Plus that way you don’t have to worry too much right away about getting the clients in.
Also, be prepared to learn to REALLY LOVE coffee.
Dave the Code Mercenary!