Last week I had the opportunity to test out what it would be like if I were a full-time freelancer, and it was awesome! (Update: I am now a full-time freelancer and business owner. You can read how I built my business by downloading my new e-book here!)
My current full-time employer requires us to take an entire work week worth of days off consecutively at some point every year. Last week was the week I was off.
Most days I spent about 4-6 hours working on my freelancing, and the rest of the time I was free to work on and catch up on other things in my life, like some Christmas crafts I needed to finish up for gifts and, of course, watching some Netflix too! 🙂
Of course, I know that if I were to quit my full-time job, I’d have to put in at least a few more hours of work than I did last week in order to earn what I’m currently earning at my full-time job. But even so, last week was a great short-snippet/preview of what like as a self-employed freelancer would be like.
I was able to set my own schedule, working during the hours I am most awake and productive rather than a mandatory 8-5 like what my full-time job requires. This meant starting my freelancing at about 9-10:00 a.m. and working until about 3-4:00 p.m. most days. I did work some in the evening once and it wasn’t too bad either. I definitely prefer working at my best times instead of being forced to be up and functioning earlier in the morning. I am so NOT a morning person!
I also discovered that I need to have more of a designated work place to focus on my freelancing. Up to this point, I’ve done a lot of my blogging and freelancing while sitting on my coach or in my bed with the TV or music on. Now I can see that having a desk at home to work from would help, especially with some of the tasks that require more focus and attention. I do like to have some background noise while I’m working, but I can easily play music on my computer or the radio to fulfill that requirement at any location.
Because of this discovery, I did put some time into cleaning up my home office and making it more usable. I’ve also discovered that the antique desk I purchased a year (or s0) ago is not very functional for me. It’s too short and I can hardly sit at it comfortably. Therefore, I’ve listed it for sale and I am in the process of finding a new desk for my home office that will function better (and hopefully not cost too much!). I’ll keep you up to date on how that turns out. As far as my office decluttering, I’ll be posting about that soon! 🙂
Overall, I loved my week off from my full-time job and I was NOT looking forward to going back this Monday. In fact, I was dreading it! I am now even more sure that I want to quit my current full-time job as soon as I am able (financially). It’s a good thing I’ve already started to reduce my dependence on the income from them by quitting my cleaning gig.
Do you think moving toward self-employment is a smart move? Are you passionate about your current job?