A lot of GDB readers I talk to say something like:
“I’ve been getting ready to make the switch to freelancing for months now, and I think I’m almost ready to take the leap.”
Today, I want to crush all the excuses you’ve been making (maybe some you don’t even realize you’re making) so that you can literally make the switch to freelancing today!
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Excuses that keep you from freelancing; crushed.
Excuse #1: You have to get my affairs in order before making the leap into freelancing.
Crush it: Taking the leap into freelancing or entrepreneurship is and working at a full-time job are not mutually exclusive. In fact, at the time of writing this, I run a quite successful freelancing gig, but also work full-time at a job I just couldn’t overlook. I’m passionate about both jobs and work hard in both.
Remember, don’t hate freelancers with full-time jobs. And don’t hate yourself if you’re one of them. You can start freelancing today whether you have a full-time commitment somewhere else or not.
Excuse #2: I have to save up tons of money before I can venture out on my own.
Crush it: If money is something that has been holding you back, it’s time to crush the fear of financial failure and get moving!
To start freelancing, you don’t need a huge amount of starting capital. In fact, you can probably start with whatever you’ve already got. Don’t try to save up for a huge new office space, tons of new equipment, or employees to hire.
Just start small. I’ve read and absolutely recommend Chris Guillebeau’s book, The $100 Startup. He talks all about getting started without hardly any capital. It rocks.
Excuse #3: I can’t compete with big agency talent and bandwidth.
Crush it: Working at an agency has its advantages. But working for yourself has (in my experience) even more advantages.
When you work for yourself, not only do you have all the things you’ve dreamed of having as an entrepreneur, but you also have the option to still work for an agency.
What do I mean?
As a freelancer, offer to take projects off the plate of a local agency who has an overload of requests. If you can’t beat them, join them.
If you want to beat them, you can.
There you have it
There they are. Three extremely common excuses for not getting started in freelancing and the crushingly candid truths behind them.
So what are you waiting for, make up your mind to start freelancing today!
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