Hello lovelies! I am taking the plunge. I have decided to quit the 9-5 life, at least for now, to be freelance. The emphasis is on the free! It was not a quick nor an easy decision to make and I had to spend a long time considering a number of factors. There is a very real bucket of fear that chills your bones when you begin to have the freelance thoughts. So, whilst advice is coming in a follow-up post, I thought it might be funny to address the fears of going freelance.
The Stigma of Being a Freelancer
We live in a society that moves quicker than the human brain can comprehend. That means that we are creating opportunities for people sooner than we are allowing ourselves to come to terms with. There is a distinct stigma that surrounds going freelance, where people don’t understand that there’s work outside an office. They think it’s unsafe to work in a market where one week you’ll get too much work and the next week, you’ll get nothing. They think that you are just laying in and being lazy because you can do that if you wanted to. They think that you’re useless without a bit of authority and supervision, failing to acknowledge that self-will is a thing.
This is a big fear that arises when you consider what people will think of you going freelance but the reality is this: no one cares. Less people are watching than you think. Further, those that are concerned, don’t understand. Even further than that, if they do, they are the ones with too much time on their hands!
The Stigma of Being a Young Freelancer
Living in an English society means that you very much have to tough things out whether you want to or not and, since everyone else worked for 60 years before retirement, they feel as though you owe the system that too. When you’re young, and you make a bold decision, people will say that you’re young, naive and not thinking this through. I’ve had more support than I’ve had negativity, and the negativity did come from someone who was benefitting from my productivity and therefore not going to benefit from my productivity any more once I changed direction, and therefore bias, but I did receive negativity. I guess the thing I really want to say is, I am an adult, one that thinks faster than she can talk, so can we all just assume that I’ve thought about this decision? Like really thought it through? Thanks.
The Self Doubt
There comes a point where you realise you’re going to be on your own. You will be your own boss. You make the rules. That means you have to be organised and know what jobs need doing by what deadlines. You have to be the man on your own back to get stuff done. It’s easy to doubt yourself but just thinking about going out on your own already makes you far more headstrong than three quarters of the population so even if they don’t get you, it’s because they’re not in the same mind frame and it demonstrates enough willpower and independence to know you’ve got the tools you need to be freelance.
The Financial Burden
When you go freelance, you’re selling your skills to the market and therefore picking up work yourself. It takes time to build a client list. That means you’ll need to be spending money on rent etc at a time where you might not be making it back. This is the number one reason that people don’t set off on their own. I actually built a client list during my full-time job which meant working two jobs and being tired all the time but the money was being made. But if you’d rather start from scratch from the moment of your freedom and no sooner then just take some savings into the freelance beginner’s void with you so you know you’re safe!
Going freelance is not a decision to take lightly, so obviously consider more than this. I just thought, at times of serious change, you have to laugh or you might crumble! So let’s all have a laugh at these stupid freelance fears that we’ll forget about in a month or two!