I became a freelancer in 2018 for a million reasons. The main reason as to why I became a freelancer in 2018 is this:
Growing up I was never the “Risk Taker”. It simply was the way I was raised. My parents where never “Risk Takers” and rightfully so. Most of their friends never really amounted to much and some of them have dug themselves into some serious debt due to their recklessness.
So quitting my 9-5 was something of a new challenge. It honestly took some real mental struggle to quit my job and not have another job offer waiting for me.
Back on my senior year of college I was already working for this local business as their developer. Creating web apps and automatics basic business procedures was my job, and I loved it. It was a very satisfying job and I felt very comfortable. After over a year of working there all my tasks were turned upside down, and my work doubled for the same pay. I couldn’t handle it. So after a few months I quit.
Thing is, I quit when I had already accepted a job offer at a large tech company. I wasn’t about to quit my current job without having a safety net there to hold me. It just wasn’t a risk I was willing to take.
But, soon after I started working in this new corporate world, I began to hate it with my life. My roles where not aligned at all with the job description, I was commuting more than an hours each way every day, and I slowly became miserable. Now, the thing was I wasn’t about to start looking for another job elsewhere, but I knew I needed out ASAP.
So I quit that job as well, and this time for good. No more 9-5s I said. And whats funny is that I decided to vlog my experience on my very last day at the office after I quit my job.
So I decided to become a Freelancer. The freelance model fit my lifestyle just because It allowed me to generate money quicker than most business models. Let’s just say it was a “safer rout” to the entrepreneur world.
Thankfully after two months of pitching and learning how to network I landed my first client. That was all I needed to validate truly how much opportunity is out there. Whether it is though freelancing, becoming a YouTuber, or starting your own local business, all you need is that one customer, that first bank statement in order to realize: YOU CAN DO THIS.
I genuinely have found so much more success as a freelancer than on my 9-5. And as I’m writing this It’s only been 2 months since my first YES. I can only fathom what’s to come in the next few months, and every day I’m more excited to learn new things and expand my portfolio.
Dare to take that first step, even if it’s a “low risk” once. Take it, and you’ll see how much worth it really is.
“IN THE END… We only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.” -Lewis Caroll
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