Five years ago you had a good paying job with great benefits. You were on an upward career path with a stable company. You might have been a graphic designer, web developer or a copywriter with a fat corporate paycheck flowing into your bank account on a regular basis.
But then came the Great Recession. Agencies reduced their staff or perhaps closed altogether, leaving you out in the cold. —
You are a talented and creative person, how hard could it be to find a new job, an even better job than the one you lost?
After months of job hunting with no results, you like me and many others, you decide to create your own solo business. You are a FREELANCER.
You didn’t plan on being a freelancer. Unforeseen circumstances, a slow job market and a downtown in the economy have left you no choice.
According to a recent report by the Kauffman Foundation, “more Americans have launched businesses recently than at any period in the past decade and a half. A staggering 543,000 Americans started a business every month in 2011. And in many cases, these were not planned ventures but rather the result of necessity or a desire to make the best of a difficult situation.” — 2012 Freelance Industry Report-www.InternationalFreelancersDay.com*
This is the situation I found myself in a few years ago. After working more than 10 years in a career I loved, I was out of a job! Now what? I had recently bought a home, had a car that needed repairs, other responsibilities of life and liked to occasionally buy a new pair of shoes.
Even after slashing my living expense, Unemployment Benefits were barely enough to live on and don’t last forever.
Turning My Talents into Cash
Years before, I had volunteered to help the local Corporate Concierge organization to create their website. They had very little money for the project, so after a little research, I decided to use WordPress. I decided to start my own blog about my favorite chick flicks. So I started blogging. Fortunately the skills I learned on this volunteer project and on my movie blog proved to be profitable.
A few years later and I am a freelance web content copywriter. There have been some ups and downs, but I enjoy this freelance lifestyle. I like knowing that if I work hard, I make money and I can work in pajamas!
What is You Freelancing Story?
What about you? How did you start your freelancing career. Tell me your freelancing story.
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5 Fairlie, Robert W.“Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity: 1996 – 2011.” March 2012. www.kauffman.org/research-and-policy/kauffman-in- dex-of-entrepreneurial-activity