Let me guess: you’re already tempted to start a freelancing business. You’ve been considering it for a while. But you just need a little push to get you going.
(Consider me that little push.)
Flashback to 2017 when I was in your position.
I was a young, broke graduate four years out of university. I’d spent a couple of years prior working in offices in between travelling while I tried to figure out what to do with my life.
I mean, I knew pretty early on that the corporate environment wasn’t for me – I just didn’t know how to divert from the path that I’d already started going down.
Luckily, I read a book on my month-long tour around Thailand that gave me the confidence to change my situation. On a sweaty bus ride from Donsak Pier to Krabi, things just suddenly clicked. I loved writing on my blog, so why not build a career writing online for other companies?
I then started researching freelance writing and the rest, as they say, is history.
Sure, being a small business owner has its ups and downs – just like any other job.
But do you know what? I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else for a living. And I’ll tell you 7 reasons why.
1. You Can Be Your Own Boss
Why you should start a freelancing business 101: you get to be your own boss.
Gone are the days where you have to run everything by your superior. YOU are the superior and what you say, goes.
(Oh, the power!)
Don’t get me wrong, you still have to build long-lasting relationships with clients to survive and thrive in the industry. But you can rest assured that these are 50/50 partnerships as opposed to a dictatorship.
And imagine the relief you feel when you come to the realisation that you’ll never be an employee again. (Victory dance.)
2. Complete Control
In addition to the awesomeness that is being your own boss, you get to have complete control over all aspects of your freelancing business.
And do you know what that means? YOU get rewarded for all your hard work.
I mean, how frustrating was it in your past jobs when you’d use up all your spare time and energy doing extra work only for the benefits to be put in the company’s pocket?
Now the money goes straight to you. You work hard, you earn big. And it really is as simple as that.
One of the top reasons why you should start a freelancing business is the ability to work your own hours.
Personally, I never liked the traditional structure of a working day. I wanted to decide when, where and how I work – and I didn’t want to be confined to a Monday-Friday, 9-5 lifestyle.
But then again, I’ve never done things in a way that’s considered “normal.” That’s just me.
If you’re the same way, freelancing just may well suit you as much as it suits me. Why don’t you give it a try and see?
4. A Healthy Work-Life Balance
I don’t know about you but I’ve never been keen on the idea of watching my life flash before my eyes.
In a 9-5 job, it used to feel like time was flying by and I could never catch up with everything I needed to do, from life admin to running my home, exercising to finding time to see my loved ones.
There was a constant yearning for the next bit of time off to get my life in order, which would usually only consist of one day on a bank holiday weekend. And it just wasn’t enough.
Now, I can take time off whenever I want. Granted, I don’t do this often because if I don’t work, I don’t earn money. But it’s nice to have the option.
And I’ve never been more thankful to be self-employed when there’s been some sort of emergency and I can literally just drop everything if I need to without having to explain myself.
Good golly, being a freelance writer really is the best job in the world.
5. The Ability to Travel
Another great thing about putting on your big-girl or big-boy pants to start a freelancing business is that you’re entirely location independent.
You can work from home. You can work from a coffee shop. Heck, you can even work from a camper-van travelling around the beautiful country that is New Zealand. (My plans for February 2020.)
Whether you go near or far, all you need is an internet connection to work.
And my goodness, this just feels so liberating.
6. It’s the Future
Did you know that half the workforce is set to be freelance in 2020? And the gig economy has doubled in Britain over the last three years?
How wonderful are these stats? It just shows that the freelancing world is growing at an exponential rate.
Why? Well, probably because more and more people are realising how you simply can’t beat it compared to a conventional job.
(Perhaps it’s time to get on the bandwagon!)
7. You’re Not Getting Any Younger
Finally, are you thinking: oh, I’ll just start a freelancing business later on in life when I’m more prepared?
Well, newsflash: you’re never going to be fully prepared. You can do all the research in the world (like I tried to) but there are things you’ll only come across during practice. It’s like learning how to drive, you only become a better driver once you pass your test.
Not to mention, there are three stages of life if you stay in a corporate job:
- Teenager, where you have no money but lots of energy and time
- Middle age, where you have money and energy but no time
- Old age, where you have money and time but no energy
Wouldn’t it be great if you could tweak the “middle age” period so you can have money, energy AND time? That’s what happens when you start a freelancing business. Just saying.
Start a Freelancing Business Today
If you’ve made it to the bottom of this list and you’re thinking: heck yes, I’m ready to start a freelancing business (and now’s the time to change my life) then that’s great!
Don’t let another year pass you by. Ask yourself: if not today, when?
Also, if fear and imposter syndrome is holding you back, I totally get it. I was once in your shoes.
But always remember that progress is better than perfection.
Here’s to becoming a successful freelancer in 2020!