Many of us, especially bloggers, who work 9 to 5 jobs obviously have a hard time managing both our blogs and our jobs at the same time; and sometimes we even hate our jobs and just want to quit to go after what we really love. Unfortunately, we have to pay our bills and take care of ourselves as well our needs, we means we can’t quit so we grumble through the 9 to 5 job and even on lunch break whilst hoping we could become our own bosses. Fortunately, now, we can basically make money from the comfort of our chairs by being a freelancer or a blogger, and we can do away with the 9 to 5 job.
Being your own boss is the best thing that can happen because you make your own schedule, work on your own terms, and all from the comfort of your own home. You’re your own boss and you basically control everything. It all sounds so great but how can you achieve it? Both blogging and freelancing isn’t as easy as it seems; there isn’t any special tip or magic to turn you into a millionaire from one minute to the next; everything takes time.
In an Adrian Rubin interview (a freelancing creative director), even he admits to starting from (probably) a 9 to 5 job before eventually becoming a successful freelancer who now runs his own organization called Adrian Rubin LLC. He achieved basically what every “aspiring full time” freelancer and blogger wants.
In order to become a full time freelancer and/or blogger, the first thing you need is commitment because both require a lot of commitment, patience, time, and most importantly, passion. You can’t quit your job to become a full time freelancer if you won’t be committed and won’t be able to handle the work load and requirements from the brands. If you’re not committed, you’ll only end up going back to your 9 to 5 job in no time, which isn’t what we want. Passion is also an important aspect; that’s why it’s necessary to either choose a niche (fashion, tech, news, etc) or be specialized in all areas because if you only have a passion and specialisation in fashion posts, and most brands are interested in lifestyle posts, you won’t be successful as a freelancer; being unable to write on different topics.
The most important is money because obviously you want to become a full time freelancer and you need to make enough from it in order to become your own boss. It’s best to manage both your 9 to 5 job and freelancing/blogging at the same time, and only when you’re sure you’re making enough as a freelancer or blogger, can you then proceed to quit your job and focus more on becoming a full time freelancer or blogger who makes money doing what he/she loves. We all have to start from somewhere and though becoming a full time freelancer and blogger actually takes time and a lot of patience, it is extremely rewarding and such a huge step in any blogger of freelancer’s career.