Freelancing is an awesome experience. It’s an adventure; a journey. It’s adventure, because you don’t know what can happen. Possibilities are enormous. You will have rises and falls. And together, it’s a journey.
But not everyone is ready to take on this journey. Many people are just psychologically not ready to start freelancing. Others are not lucky enough to start right away. In this post, let me describe you some signs that say you are not ready to be a freelancer.
1. You Hate Unexpected, Unknown
One of the perks of a 9-to-5 job is at the end of the month or week you get a fixed amount of money. You can have your entire month planned out as to how you will spend that money, how much you will save and things like that. However, with freelancing, things take a different, unexpected turn. You never know how much you’re gonna make. Let me tell you why.
First of all, you don’t know when you’ll land a freelancing job. When one task finishes, you might have to wait a few more days or maybe even weeks to start the next contract. This will leave you at a critical condition, financially. On the other hand, if you do really good at freelancing, a time will come when you’ll be unable to guess how much you’ll make a week. You’ll set a goal of making $1,000, but you’ll end up making more.
These ups and downs are very likely to happen in a freelancer’s life. If you think you’re not ready to take on the unexpected, you’re probably better off with your 9-to-5 job.
2. You’re the One to Pay the Bills
There’s no shame in doing a 9-to-5 job. Especially if you have to pay the bills, mortgages, buy food, etc. In a case like that, it’s always a bad idea to leave job to go hunting clients in a freelance marketplace. While you should do freelancing for some extra income, you shouldn’t leave your job for freelancing. You should only do it as a part time to make some extra money. Only when you start getting enough contracts to make more money off freelancing than the amount you earn from your full time job, you should relieve yourself of the stress.
That said, don’t be afraid to start freelancing because you have a full time job. There is a serious chance that it will take you months to land your first freelancing job. Why waste time? You can build up your profile, learn your way around freelancing marketplaces, read Freelancer Advice for tips and tutorials and thus prepare yourself when you’re not at your office. This way, you’ll be a couple steps closer to being a full time freelancer.
But for now, you’re not ready to be a freelancer; not at least as a ‘full time’.
3. You Aren’t Self-Motivated
Freelancing’s biggest obstacle is its biggest benefit: being your own boss. But you have to be a badass boss, otherwise you won’t be able to make it. If you find yourself constantly struggling to get to work, it might be a bad idea to start freelancing. Because when you’re freelancing, nobody will constantly remind you to get to work. Your client will rather end your contract and find another freelancer who is more responsible, self-motivated.
4. You Are Lazy, Stubborn
There’s no room for laziness when it comes to freelancing. You have to work hard, harder than your 9-to-5 job to be honest, to succeed in freelancing. In your nine to five job, you have to work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In freelancing, you have to work 24 hours.
This “work” does not always mean “paid hours”. You have to keep looking for work. You have to keep writing cover letters and keep bidding until you’re contacted back. You have to keep building your profile. You have to keep working to manage your time effectively and efficiently.
Lastly, you will almost always need to retouch your work based on client feedback. 99% of the time your client will need a little alteration on your work. You will need to accept to redo some of your work. You can’t be stubborn to refuse that. If you do, it’ll reflect on your profile. Good luck on landing future gigs!
5. You Don’t Have Skill
Many people have the wrong belief that freelancing is for starters. It’s a wrong idea. If you want to be a graphic designer, you should be a graphic designer before you try to get graphic designing jobs. Keep in mind that there are plenty of graphics designer — from advanced bosses to medium level — scouring the marketplace for work. To beat them, you have to know work and you have to show that. Without skill, you can’t do that.
So, in simple words, if you don’t know the work, you’re not ready to be a freelancer. Learn first, and then start the journey.
Just so you know, this post is not to discourage you from becoming a freelancer. These are hard truth that you need to face before you set sail. Make sure to check 5 Signs You Want to be a Freelancer and 7 Signs You Are Ready to be a Freelancer.
So, what’s your result? Are you ready to be a freelancer yet?
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