This week marks an important change in my life. It’s my first week working for myself, and not for an employer. Yes, I left my job and decided to try to make it on my own as a freelance copywriter.
After seven years working at advertising agencies, I am finally ready to make the jump into freelance. (I’ll define “ready” in a moment.) The last two years, I worked a 30-hour week schedule. It was great and worked well for my family at the time. But with changing family demands the opportunity to go freelance seemed like now or never.
Becoming a freelance copywriter has been a goal of mine for a long time. But, before there was always a reason why I wasn’t ready. We needed a steady second income. We needed the health insurance coverage. I needed to secure more clients. Yep, pretty big reasons. And they’re still BIG reasons why I shouldn’t have quit my job.
But, something changed in me and I was no longer nervous about making the jump. I was determined as ever to make it work. What’s the worse that can happen? If I fail, I’ll just have to find a job working for someone else again. But, I’m so motivated to build a little business for myself; plus gain more flexibility that I’m not going to let myself fail. That’s right, I’m going to have my Mary Tyler Moore-hat-in-the-air moment and make it after all.
I’m excited and scared to death all at the same time. But, as I said before, the working mom can achieve anything she puts her heart, soul, and mind to. So hang on to your seats as I chronicle this new chapter of my life. And wish me luck—I need it!