If you’re wondering if you should start your own freelancing business or work full-time, you’re not alone.
The other day, I went to Reddit (a community discussion board) and saw this exchange between two members:
Having a steady job with my current employer feels a lot more like being a part of a family to me…they look out for me and make sure i am doing alright. for me personally, I am way happier with a steady job.
3 years into freelancing and I’ll never go back.
Making a career transition is scary. So many questions bubble up:
Life’s too short to be stuck in indecision.
The best thing to do is to figure out which one suits your personality. I highly recommend Gretchen Rubin’s test:
So which one are you?
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Many urban Millennials freelance or have side-hustles. Why? Because in the age of job insecurity, it’s the only option. Diversify your income streams. Don’t be dependent on one paycheck.
Now if you’re older than the average millennial, you’re probably thinking, I had two jobs, maybe three. I just didn’t call it a side hustle.
The difference is now there are marketplaces like Uber and TaskRabbit, Upwork and Fiverr, and so many more. It’s much easier to freelance, and have a side business than ever before.
The problem is not every side gig is right for you. So how do you decide? Based on your strengths and what you love doing naturally. For example, if you’re happiest when you’re writing, curled up on your sofa, then writing work is the best option for you. If you love the idea of helping the elderly, there are many ways to get paid to run errands for seniors. The key is to do something that does’t feel like work. You work a full-time job, the last thing you want is to feel like you have two jobs.
A friend of mine is a gifted photographer, but in her full time job, she doesn’t get to use her photography skills. So on weekends, she photographs weddings and earns $2,500 per wedding. She loves it! It’s extra cash and she’s building a portfolio so if she ever gets laid off, she can always turn her side-hustle into a full-time income. She collects testimonials and reviews from all her clients and has a superb website. So go through the list and tell me what you decided to try!
The Ultimate List of Side Hustles For Millennials
I love to write…
I love gadgets… and fixing things
I love playing video games…
I have skills…
I’m happiest when I’m teaching or coaching
I’m a social media guru
Marketing is my thing…
How do I turn my OCD into money?
I have a real estate license…
People LOVE my cooking…
I want to give back and do meaningful work…
Nonprofits are often hiring for the following positions:
Find one that resonates with your values, and offer to work for them.
They don’t always pay as well as businesses, but if you’re in a stressful job, it may be the perfect way to bring meaning to your work week.
Did you know you could earn a living as a Diabetes Coach?
I want to create products, I hate providing services…
I have a social following…
I love science/research/medicine:
I like working with my hands…
I’m great with kids!
I’m great on the phone!
I have a heart for senior citizens
People say I have lovely handwriting!
Do you have a spare room in your house or a second home?
I’m in great shape
Other Ways to Make Money
I love animals 🙂
I Love Numbers!
Atul Gawande spent decades in medical school. He became a surgeon. But he didn’t stop there. Because his impact — his legacy — was bigger than that. He wrote a book about checklists (of all things!). It changed medicine.
So which status-quo systems will you change?
Here’s what The Independent said about Atul Gawande’s book, the Checklist Manifesto:
The modern world has given us stupendous know-how. Yet avoidable failures continue to plague us in health care, government, the law, the financial industry—in almost every realm of organized activity. And the reason is simple: the volume and complexity of knowledge today has exceeded our ability as individuals to properly deliver it to people—consistently, correctly, safely. We train longer, specialize more, use ever-advancing technologies, and still we fail. Atul Gawande makes a compelling argument that we can do better, using the simplest of methods: the checklist. In riveting stories, he reveals what checklists can do, what they can’t, and how they could bring about striking improvements in a variety of fields, from medicine and disaster recovery to professions and businesses of all kinds. And the insights are making a difference. Already, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right: Atul Gawande: 9780312430009: Amazon.com: BooksThe Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right: Atul Gawande: 9780312430009: Amazon.com: Booksa simple surgical checklist from the World Health Organization designed by following the ideas described here has been adopted in more than twenty countries as a standard for care and has been heralded as “the biggest clinical invention in thirty years.”