Do you dream of quitting your day job? Join the club. According to a Gallup survey, 70 percent of the U.S. workforce is not involved at work. That’s right, most people trudge into the office without any kind of passion or connection to the work they do.
If you feel this way, quitting your job may seem like the right thing to do, but it’s easier said than done. Making the jump from full-time to freelance can be terrifying, especially for someone who’s never self-employed. But then again, there’s never been a better time to do it. There are more resources than ever for finding freelance jobs, managing the day-to-day activities inherent in self-employment, and keeping your projects and tasks under control.
In fact, quitting your job could be the best thing for your career – if you approach it the right way. Here are just a few reasons why.
“Solopreneurship” is not a fad; it is a way of life for many.
What your parents and professors told you for a “career” 15 years ago is not the same as it is now. Quitting your job is okay. The future of work points to better skill applications, faster innovation, stability of various tasks and roles instead of boring dedication.
According to Upwork, there are currently 55 million independent workers in the United States, and growth is expected to accelerate dramatically. PwC estimates that by 2020, 50 percent of the U.S. workforce will be solopreneurs — people who have built their own careers forging pathways outside of a more traditional pathway.
Soon there will be no more pressure to work for yourself and quit your job, and there are already blogs and websites ready to help you take the leap to independence. For example, Fiverr Workspace creates invoices, contracts, and timesheets for your freelance business in just a few taps. Sites like Upwork, Fiverr, and WeWorkRemotely help you discover new business opportunities. The list continues.
Your professional growth can be fueled by freedom and independence.
Take what makes you most unhappy about your current job and replace it with experiences that will help you not only grow, but also thrive, as an entrepreneur. The chances of it happening are more realistic than you think.
Freelancing provides learning and stimulation for your life as you will be doing new things every day. This is very different and much less monotonous than sitting at a desk all day and staring at a desktop screen. Once you’ve quit your job, you also have the opportunity to focus on more than one skills you enjoy, yielding a higher quality of life.
You also learn new skills. From managing profit and loss accounts, handling your own taxes to managing multiple clients and projects, your personal growth will skyrocket. Another invaluable benefit is that, while many go freelancing primarily for personal growth, they also get richer. By taking on different clients and setting your own schedule, diversity contributes to financial stability.
Constantly putting off leaving your job means you will never find your calling.
Learning what you like and don’t like doesn’t stop after college. It’s never too late to find your passion unless you never take action to do it.
After you quit your job and become a freelancer, you’ll make progress as a self-employed person and begin to spot trends when it comes to what works and what doesn’t. You realize where and how you are most effective as an employee, whether that is in a studio or in sweatpants on your bed with your laptop. You’ll also discover how to effectively find your audiences and work best with them.
As you progress, you can optimize your career through micro-adjustments until you eventually start taking on work that challenges you, but is also right in your professional sweet spot. Then you will soon discover what you were put on this planet for.
At the end of the day, we all know what it’s like to struggle with wanting to leave the office life, but career trends all point to wanting to carve your own path. The world needs the talents, gifts and creativity you offer, but more importantly, YOU need the benefits you get from being your own boss. Why wait any longer to change your life today?
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