Have you ever dreamed about being your own boss, determining your own projects, timelines and pay? Many of us have that dream and it sure seems like a big dream. Is it really possible? Where do I start? So many questions to consider, but many have been down the road of freelancing and entrepreneurship. Thankfully, there are plenty that can point us in the right direction.
Know your why
One of the things you’ll hear in Simon Sinek’s TED talk is that you need to know your why. So, why do I want to be a freelancer? You need to determine your own why, but for many it’s freedom. It’s about the ability not just to do those other things, but to be free to spend time with my family. Free to coach a local soccer club. Free to go fishing when I choose. Perhaps it’s the path to being debt free. Think about what you can do with your money then. You can live and give like no one else.
Okay, so you’re saying this is just pie in the sky. Maybe for some it is. Right now it seems like a dream to me too. Like you I need to put in the time and effort to put myself out there, get clients regularly and build my freelancing business. We’re professionals and we can do this. Don’t short change yourself!
I am just staring on this journey and it starts with a class on Udemy.com. While taking a class on developing WordPress websites, an opportunity came my way. A class about learning to Freelance. The class is one that a friend of mine, Brad Hussey, launched. It’s called The Freelancing Freedom Course. I took advantage of it in mid-2017, and he’s offered it since then as well. I don’t know what Brad’s plans are for more openings but rest assured, I’ll be sure to let you know and provide links to the site if/when he does.
The way Brad explains the course is like this… “A training program for web professionals who want to earn an honest living from their craft and start, run & grow a successful freelance business”.
I am learning a lot from Brad, he’s an excellent instructor and is truly interested in helping me succeed. Aside from the Freelancing Freedom Course, I’ve taken other courses Brad has taught. You can go to CodeCollege and take Brad’s courses even if Freelancing Freedom isn’t your thing. One of my favorite courses is the Ultimate Web Designer & Developer Course and another one I really liked is Bootstrap to WordPress. Both are great courses and will really help your web development skills. Most recently, I’ve been going through the CSS30 class. it’s 30 days, 30 small projects to get better and better at CSS. Brad makes it fun!
Should I quit my job?
If you have a full-time position and want some extra income, then freelancing might be a good fit for you. You can and should continue working your current job while you learn and execute your new freelancing business. It’s not for everyone, but a lot of designers and developers have found it to be a great fit. What we do as professionals doesn’t require office space in a downtown high-rise or a corporate office suite. At home, I have some freedom to choose where my office is located, what equipment I use and how cool the house is while I’m there. I’m looking forward to moving my office to the second floor. Can’t wait for the views, the sunlight and the breezes of summer. But I digress… my point is technology related jobs have an advantage over many other jobs because we can execute them anywhere. We can complete our work at any time of day. In fact we can split our day in pieces and several locations if we want to do so. That’s another perspective on freedom.
Okay, you may be thinking, but I do still have my 9-5, so how can I do both? Fair question. So, how much time does it take to get things moving and to actually do the job of a freelancer. That’s up to you, your schedule and especially your family. Determine what useless activities you need to eliminate and how to prioritize your other responsibilities to allow you several hours each day to learn and work? We are all able to remove wasteful activities out of our lives. Once you have you can use that time to learn and develop your freelancing business. You may be able to find 20, 30 or maybe even 40 hours some weeks. It is possible, but you need to focus and be fierce with your time.
One book that really helped me with this is “The One Thing” by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan. In “The One Thing” Gary and Jay help you develop the thinking process and understanding of what your one thing is. That is, “What’s the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary.” Great book! I highly recommend it.
Another book that I highly recommend is “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek. The TED Talk I mentioned at the beginning is a very brief summary of the book.
Hopefully this is an encouragement to you whether as a freelancer or in your current position. Focus, dream big and put yourself out there and people will notice! See ya!
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