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Although a lot of bloggers glamorize freelancing on their blogs and social media, I think for most of us it was something we did because we had too. We needed more money, maybe we even hated our current job. In my case, it was struggling with the ability to work at all due to chronic illness. There are a lot of myths out there about freelancing. Let's cover a few of them.
I don’t have a business background so I can’t own a business.
Thanks to the internet that’s just simply not true. There is so much free information out there about creating a freelance creative business from scratch. Don’t think so? Take a look at Pinterest and you’ll find pretty much everything you need to know. If not follow me and you will.
You’ll instantly make tons of money.
I see so many income reports with huge numbers, but I have to remind myself they didn’t start out that way, and a lot of it is semi-passive income through blogging. Offering services are hard work and there is a lot of competition out there too. So no, you probably won’t make a ton of money right out of the gate, but if this is a situation where you HAVE to make money, you will. It’s as simple as signing up for some job boards. If you sign up to my email list you can get my ebook I wrote on the subject.
Being a freelancer is less stressful.
Once you hit the big time, I’m sure there is less stress. For us little people there is definitely still stress in freelancing. Not only am I offering services but I’m also trying to grow my blog, be a full-time student, a wife, and a parrot owner (high maintenance!) There’s constantly looking for clients. I have stress, but I’m working on it.
You get to be your own boss.
Sure, that’s sort of true. But if you have clients you are really working for them. You still get feedback on your work, and no matter what it won’t always be one hundred percent positive. There are edits and rewrites in your future.
You are in control of your schedule.
It is a lot easier to do things like make doctors appointments. However, you do need to work when you have client work coming in and in an ideal world that would be most of the time. I have read The Four Hour Work Week, but it isn’t happening for me yet I’m afraid.
There are a lot of myths about freelancing. Honestly, though I wouldn’t go back to the way it used to be. There is a lot of stress involved but it is doable and for so long I struggled to find a career that I enjoyed and could even do. I have definitely found my calling and I hope you do too.
If you are interested in starting a blog of your own, I created a tutorial that will help you, How to Start a Blog. If you are asking yourself “Can you seriously make money blogging?” My main tip is to be self-hosted. This is essential if you want to monetize your blog. It also makes you look more professional to companies you will partner with. Blogging income won’t happen unless you are self-hosted. You can pick from any of these links: Bluehost, HostGator, SiteGround or Squarespace.