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!
Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech to the University of the arts graduating class of 2012 Philadelphia will save you tons of wasted time. Watch it and you will never think about your career decisions the same way. Don’t miss minute 10 onward… it’s brilliant.
NEIL’S ADVICE TO CREATIVES:
“Whatever profession you’re in… you have the ability to make art… the ultimate life saver.”
“When things get tough… this is what you should do, make good art!
“Do the thing that only you can do…. The one thing that only you have… is you!”
NEIL ADVISES STUDENTS TO LIVE IN THE MOMENT:
Best advice Neil Gaiman got from Stephen King that he didn’t follow – to let go and enjoy the ride! Are you taking time to enjoy the ride?
NEIL’S TIPS TO FREELANCERS WHO DO CREATIVE WORK FOR HIRE:
“The models of distribution are changing…. no one knows what the landscape will look like… for creative people of all kinds. The rules and assumptions of how you get your work seen are breaking down. The gate keepers are leaving the gates. The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are.”
MY FAVORITE QUOTE FROM NEIL GAIMAN’S COMMENCEMENT:
“Make glorious mistakes.” Too often we hold back and don’t create the masterpiece only we can make because we are afraid to fail. If only our society celebrated our successes and our failures equally. Both represent effort and a leap of faith. We need parents and teachers (adults) who encourage effort more than success.