When I quit my job in early 2017, I just knew I wanted to be my own boss. I hated the feeling of being required to be at a certain place at a certain time to do work that I was assigned.
One afternoon it became clear that the time had come: it was time for me to quit my job.
My life to that point had been all about building software products. I helped build and sell a digital ticket marketplace in 2015, and the role I left was a product management role.
So how was I going to make money?
I started talking to people. I wrote a blog post about quitting my job. I had some ideas, but they were far from fleshed out.
In the process, some of my friends started asking if I could help them with their own projects. I helped to launch a podcast, I came up with some names for a friend’s company, I built a couple of WordPress sites, and I built email sequences.
I was making money! It was my introduction to freelancing.
It’s an amazing feeling to have people paying you real money for your skills.
Being paid to write? Amazing.
Work from anywhere? Don’t mind if I do!
But I learned quickly that this wasn’t as easy as I thought it was.
There are a lot of questions that come up quickly when you’re freelancing.
- How much should I charge?
- How much do I need to earn to actually pay the bills?
- How much do I pay in taxes?
- What about health insurance?
Soon, the clients who were basically coming to ME for help seemed to evaporate. I ran out of warm leads and was left wondering, “OK so how do I actually FIND clients?”