If you work in the creative industry, the chances are that you have been tempted at some point to venture along the path of freelancing, but something has been holding you back. Perhaps it’s the uncertainty of where your work will come from. Maybe you’re concerned that you’ll be giving up a stable and solid wage. Or could it be that you are simply terrified of the prospect of having to be a graphic designer, finance officer, marketing bod and head honcho all rolled into one? Taking that initial step into the freelancing world can be daunting, yet it could also be the most fruitful decision you ever take in your life. Take a look at these reasons why exploring the realm of freelancing could be worth your while.
1. A Change Is As Good As A Rest
After you’ve resigned from your full-time job, take a couple of weeks out and start implementing your freelancing vision. You will probably have a chunky book of contacts that you’ve made working on projects in your most recent role. As a consummate professional, you can get in touch with these clients and explain how you have taken the giant leap into working for yourself. The chances are that they’ll applaud your bravery and wonder why you didn’t take this step years ago. If you produce high-quality work, they will want to continue their professional relationship with you, so grasp onto their loyalty and try and get an initial couple of projects under your belt. This will give you confidence moving forward.
You could, of course, work from home. However, more and more freelancers are taking the opportunity to separate their work and home lives by having two distinct physical spaces. Consider hiring a small office close to where you live and kitting it out in such a way that it inspires your creativity. Working from a home office and hearing your lovely partner and adorable kids enjoying a movie in the next room is only going to distract you from the task at hand.
Think about the sorts of things in your most recent office that helped fire up your creativity. You could adorn your office with an array of greenery and foliage. You could select a south facing office with large windows to let in as much natural light as possible. You could even choose from a selection of forestry wallpapers depicting streams, woodland and large oaks. Creating a little haven of peace within the city sprawl can be hugely inspiring.
3. Let The Hard Work Begin
Although the first few months setting yourself up as a freelancer can involve long hours, a ridiculous amount of hard work and very little sleep, it will get better. Thinking of it as a short-term pain that will reap very long-term gains will help. You no longer have to work for someone else. You will eventually be able to pick and choose the projects you work on. Perhaps best of all, you’ll be able to make a name for yourself within an industry that you have loved for years. The freedom that freelancing affords makes up for any of the stresses and pressures that those first few months going it alone can generate. It’s time to stop dreaming about going freelance, take a calculated risk and go for it.