NOW is the Best Time to Launch Your Freelance Career!
Tick. Tick. Tick. Do you hear it? That’s the sound of your career clock running out …
Ok – before we get started today – did you DO yesterday’s assignment?
If not, go back and read yesterday’s article. It may sound simple, but it’s a VERY important first step.
If you did your assignment – kudos! So, let’s keep it going …
Today – you’re going to discover three reasons why NOW is the time to launch your freelance career …
#1: No job loyalty!
If you’ve got a nice, cushy “safe” job – with “seniority” – and you think your company will always treat you fairly … stop reading now – at least until you get your head out of the sand!
Don’t fool yourself. No matter how nice the company and people are: If you’re working for anyone else, they’re watching THEIR bottom line – and that means YOUR bottom may end up in the unemployment line!
#2: Layoffs and downsizing!
If you got downsized, riffed, laid off, or fired recently – congratulations! It’s the “kick in the pants” you need to focus on your freelance career. So, use this free time and find your passion!
#3: You’re not getting any younger!
And, you’re probably as smart as you’re ever going to get – so, NOW is the time to make your plans – and work your plans! Is it scary? Ok, heck yeah – but so is living a life of “if I coulda, woulda’s!”
Meet a few folks who took the freelance leap …
Cynthia tried several different career paths: Administrative assistant. Medical assistant. Massage therapist. Personal trainer. Medical director. And, even a missionary! She was also broke.
Cynthia got the idea to create a business that provides on-site corporate wellness programs. She organizes health fairs, nationwide tradeshows, workshops, and health screenings. Turns out – EVERY job she’s had actually gave her the skills to work her business. Now she has the time, freedom and income to raise her two sons. Her husband even quit his job to help run the company!
Then, there’s Milan D., who turned down a full-time salary at a prestigious marketing company to give freelance copywriting a try.
Instead of giving that company her blood, sweat and tears – she invested that energy in herself. Seven years later – she’s married and raising her three boys – and loves working from home!
And, “travel bug” Tiara – who signed up for a special 3-day graphic design course offered by AWAI after her sophomore year in college. It gave her the guts – and skills – she needed to take the plunge!
She dropped out of college … moved back home to save money … and started hitting the “cyber pavement” to look for jobs. It was tough at first – but because she kept her expenses low – she didn’t have to earn much to be a “success”!
Now, Tiara’s got a mobile graphic design and copywriting business that allows her to travel to Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Peru, Ireland, England, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Greece and Finland!
Feeling inspired? Good!
Today’s assignment: DECIDE when you’re going to take the freelance plunge. Select a month, day and year – and call it your “Independence Day”!
Post that date around your house to remind you of the commitment!
Declare your independence day and share your comments here.
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