I finally got around to doing one of my favourite things thanks to the Christmas break – organising!
I dug out the pile of notebooks and lists that have been hiding in the drawer under my bed for far too long and accidentally unearthed some goals I’d set myself for the year ahead during a Bumble Workshop with Creative Coach Sophie French. Gulp.
When asked about where I saw myself in May 2019, I’d started with ‘I’m a part-time freelance copywriter’ and, while strictly speaking that’s what I’m doing right now, it’s definitely not the ‘part-time’ I had in mind back then since I also work in an office five days a week at another job.
Surprisingly though, I’m more than ok with that. Working full-time and freelancing is working pretty well for me right now. Here’s why.
I’m an extrovert
I love people and I never stop talking so working from home for me isn’t something I necessarily enjoy day after day. A productive long weekend at home finishing off some long-term projects is the best feeling but I’m concerned being pretty much on my own full-time would send me stir crazy.
I can’t afford to go freelance
I’ll be honest because I don’t think enough people are and say that I point blank couldn’t afford to go freelance right now even if I wanted to. I get the whole ‘feel the fear’ thing and probably would find ways to make ends meet if I absolutely had to but the whole point of working for myself in the first place is that I do it on my terms and those terms right now aren’t enough for me to live on.
I love my job
My full-time job comes with its downsides like they all do but I’m genuinely doing something different every single day and for that, I love it. There’s no real room for progression which means it’s not a forever job for most people that work there but for now, I couldn’t imagine life without it or Caitlin, my fellow team member and freelancer who I straight up need to keep me sane. I’m still learning so much from it that applies to my own business too and I think it’d be a huge shame to give that up.
reelancing full-time is something that absolutely terrifies me. It’s the good kind of terrified that I know one day I’ll be proud of overcoming but right now I just don’t think I’m there yet.
I’m scared of being in charge of everything. I’m scared of regretting leaving a job that I love. I’m scared of the inconsistency that comes with a freelancer’s pay check and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Maybe in a few years’ time I’ll feel differently but for now, my 24-year-old self is happy with her 9-5 safety net.
Tips from those brave enough to make the leap very welcome below!