Working 9-5 is safe. Until you are downsized. Then, it doesn’t seem like such a safe option. Freelance is scary. You never know when your next paycheck will come. Some experts say freelance is actually safer, once you are established. I think I agree.
It doesn’t matter if you are a caricature artist, photographer or writer. Relationships change over time. If you have one client, your boss, at the company you work with — You might have a problem. If you have multiple bosses, it’s not as scary or tragic if a relationship goes south.
Deciding to become a freelance professional is not an easy choice. You might want to start on the side working events if you are an artist. Maybe you can consult if your talents are more business related. I recommend that you test the waters first and have a few clients under your belt before you quit your day job.
Things to consider:
- Do you what you do on the side?
- Will making it your full time job ruin the fun?
- How much money do you have saved (consider six months)
- Do you have one client yet?
- How long did it take to earn the clients you have?
- Is there demand for what you plan to offer?
To be a freelance professional, it’s important to be flexible. Make sure you have good team of people around you. The people around you make a big difference in the quality of client you attract and the success of your business. Expect at least a year of effort before you can truly feel like you have a full time profession. Keep good track of your finances and save money for a rainy day.