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Jan 13, 2019 15:27:46

My first two months of freelancing

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Julia Saxena

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It's almost exactly two months since I've quit my job and started freelancing full-time. It took me nearly a year of deliberation before I finally made the decision. Time for some reflection. I want to share the good and the bad I noticed so far about working for myself. 

What's awesome about being a freelancer:

- I can work from anywhere in the world. I just need my laptop and a stable (!!!) internet connection. 

- The "omg it's only Tuesday, I can't wait for the weekend to start" is completely gone. I enjoy the weekdays as much as the weekend.

- I can work at my own pace. Middle-of-the-day grocery shopping (empty shops yay) and walks in the park are amazing!

What's scary about being a freelancer:

- No automatic monthly paycheck is coming in. I start to value each dollar earned way more and consider more carefully how I spend it. 

- No one is going to save me when I get in trouble. There is no manager I can run to for help and advice. I'm on my own. 

So far, the benefits still outweigh the scary stuff. I'll look at this list again after another two months to see what changed. Any other freelancers out there? What's your experience?

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    @juliasaxena I'm considering the jump now. Did you manage to get enough clients to support yourself before deciding to quit the office job? Or maybe you saved a bunch of money? I'm trying to save up about 6 months salary before I decide to go into freelancing 100%.

    Imanuel Gittens avatar Imanuel Gittens | Jan 14, 2019 12:19:27
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      @imanuelgittens I freelanced part-time for about a year before making the leap. During that time I built up a small client base. Basically, that was my experiment to see if this will work and if I like it. Saving a good amount of money as a buffer is a great idea!

      Julia Saxena avatar Julia Saxena | Jan 14, 2019 13:44:07
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    @juliasaxena I would say the crucial is keeping yourself motivated to actually work. If I would be a freelancer I would be doing definitely everything else than working haha.

    Efran avatar Efran | Jan 13, 2019 19:41:43
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      @efran I try not to rely on motivation too much, but on a system. Mostly, I start work at the same time each day in the morning, work 'til lunch, take a small break and then continue until the evening. No distractions like youtube videos or social media allowed!

      Julia Saxena avatar Julia Saxena | Jan 14, 2019 13:46:02
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    @juliasaxena Thank you for sharing your experience with moving from a traditional job to freelancing. I am glad you made the leap, and it sounds like so far it's working out. I am still stuck in a cubicle, but one day I plan to make the leap as well.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jan 13, 2019 17:29:47
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      @brandonwilson You can get there too. A few steps every day towards a side business or freelancing can make all the difference in the long run.

      Julia Saxena avatar Julia Saxena | Jan 14, 2019 13:48:19
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