I’ve never been a risk taker. I think it stems from my fear of making decisions and getting things wrong. But I can safely say that handing in my notice and deciding to go freelance is definitely a risk. But the time also felt right.
For over a year now, I’ve been working with small businesses to help them with their website copy alongside a full time job. It started as a result of some volunteering I was doing for a local shop helping them with their social media. They were so pleased with the work that they referred me to their son who runs his own plumbing business and needed some help with his website.
As they say, the rest is history.
I now have a small handful of clients that I do the same thing for, as well as writing blog posts and running their social platforms as well. I won’t lie and say it was easy having a full time job, side hustle AND this blog. It’s been pretty exhausting if I’m honest.
But it’s also given me this awesome feeling of empowerment. I know what I’m good at and I know that those skills are in demand. So why not take things into my own hands?
I have absolutely loved working where I work now, and the great news is that I’ll still be able to support them…but this time, from home and alongside more client work as the business grows.
Deciding to go freelance is a weird mix of OMG EXCITING and OMG FEAR. Excitement to be working for yourself on your own terms but fear for the lack of steady income. But y’know what? I’ve come so far in the past 6 months alone, I know that I have the drive to make it work.
But if it doesn’t? That’s fine too. This is a trial run and I can always search for a new job if it doesn’t quite work out.
In most posts like this where people share the news of them going it alone, the writer will urge you to do the same. I’m not here to do that. I’m not here to tell you how going freelance is right for everyone. I don’t even know yet if it’s right for me.
I’m here to let you know that it’s taken a lot of thought, and a lot of support from Liam and my family to make the choice. Not to mention the counselling I’ve been getting to develop my mental health and help navigate feelings of self doubt and anxiety.
I now feel ready to give it a go and to hopefully share the experience with you guys in a way that is honest and not that glossed over experience that I’ve read so much of online. So stay tuned!