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Freelancer or Employee: Which One Is Right For You?

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:

LanceThunder:

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.

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3 years into freelancing and I’ll never go back.

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Maybe you’re… 

  • In the corporate world, but you’re tired of your job. You want to be your own boss.
  • Or you’ve been freelancing but you’re not sure you made the right decision.

Making a career transition is scary.  So many questions bubble up:

  • Is the timing right?
  • Is it the right choice for my family?
  • How does it affect my income?
  • Will it hurt my long-term career prospects?

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:

Here’s a link to the test:

https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4232520/gretchenrubinfourtendenciesquiz

  • If you’re a rebel, you may do better as an entrepreneur/freelancer. Rebels resist all expectations (they can do anything they choose to do but they resist others telling them what to do)
  • If you’re an obliger, a job is probably a better fit. You will struggle to be an entrepreneur.
  • For questioners, it really depends – it could go either way! If you take a job, you’ll need a boss you respect or you’ll struggle.
  • If you’re an upholder, you could go either way.

So which one are you?

Do the test and report back your results on the form below.

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Interview With Trivinia Barber: $1 Million in Annual Business Revenue With NO College Degree

Trivinia Barber Earns a Living Helping Online Business Owners Run Their Back-End Operations Through her Virtual Assistant Agency

Name: Trivinia Barber

How did you find your current career?

I found it out of necessity. I was a working mom, and when we adopted our first child, suddenly working in an office, didn’t work. I connected with a company that paired me with some amazing entrepreneurs and from there, my business was born.

Can you list all the Ways You Earn Money?

60% -Monthly Recurring Revenue

30% Net New Revenue

10% investments

If you’re comfortable sharing, what is your annual income?

$1 million in businessrevenue, $350,000 in personal revenue

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Is it fairly typical to earn what you earn in your field?

No

How would you define yourself? 

Freedom-Worker: I’m location independent. I can work from anywhere.

I’m a founder of a business, so I create my destiny, my revenue streams and the business I want. I work for my clients, and myself. I don’t have a “boss”

Do you have a college degree?

No

Do you feel you have good work/life balance?

Yes

Unusual ways people make money that didn’t exist a decade ago?

Freelancing – Graphics, copywriting, being a VA!

If you could go back to your 13-year-old self and give one piece of advice, what would it be?

Don’t worry so much. There are always a lot of people that are willing to take a chance on you. First though, you have to be willing to take a chance on yourself.

If there was one course or one mentor or one book or YouTube video you could recommend to a young person who’s thinking about following in your footsteps, what would it be?

Mentor: Dan Martell. Hands down.

Book: The Big Leap

Your website/social media URLs

www.Priorityva.com

 

Struggling to find your purpose? Send us a note and one of our career counselors will point you in the right direction.

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The Ultimate List of Side Hustles For Millennials

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…

  • Freelancer writer (blog posts, articles, etc.)
  • Resume writer
  • Copywriter
  • Grant writer
  • Technical Writer
  • Sales Funnel writer/conversion copywriting – pays very well

I’m creative…

  • Freelance brand expert
  • Photoshop designer
  • Interior designer
  • Hairstylist
  • Makeup consultant
  • Video Editor
  • Videographer
  • Interpreter
  • Sketch artist (at events)
  • Doodle Video creator
  • Shopping Assistant
  • Personal Stylist
  • Photographer (Wedding, Families, Corporate, Real Estate — so many options)

Programmer-for-hire

  • iPhone app developer/Android app developer
  • Database manager
  • Salesforce developer
  • Front-end developer
  • Back-end developer
  • Expert in specific software: Quickbooks, xero, etc.

I love gadgets… and fixing things

  • IT Expert (setting up and fixing computers)
  • Fixing broken smart phone screens

I love playing video games…

  • Get paid to play video games (yes this is a thing!)
  • Organize gaming events in your city (at local movie theaters)
  • Get a job at a gaming company (developing video games)

I have skills… 

  • Book designer
  • Book editor
  • Proof-reader
  • Book layout (for Amazon Kindle/self-publishing)
  • Sign Language Interpreter
  • Virtual Assistant (book travel, schedule meetings and manage operations for a business owner or executive)
  • Operations Manager
  • Perform at events (magic show, music, Disney characters, etc.)

I’m happiest when I’m teaching or coaching

  • English teacher to students overseas (using Skype/Zoom)
  • Business coach
  • Life coach
  • Excel trainer
  • Tutor
  • SAT Instructor
  • Career coach
  • CPR Trainer
  • Music teacher (piano, guitar, or traditional instruments)
  • Language teacher (French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese)
  • SAT Tutor, Math Tutor, Science Tutor
  • Teach sports to kids or adults (soccer, football, basketball…. so many options)

I’m a social media guru

  • Instagram expert
  • Facebook Ads expert
  • Pinterest expert
  • Snapchat expert
  • LinkedIn expert
  • Post on FB and manage business Facebook pages
  • Live tweet from an event

Marketing is my thing…

  • Google Adwords expert
  • Email Marketing Software Expert (ConvertKit, InfusionSoft, ActiveCampaign, MailChimp)
  • Copywriter (specializing in conversion/sales copy)
  • Sales Funnel expert
  • Copywriter
  • SEO Consultant
  • Local Marketing Consultant

How do I turn my OCD into money?

  • Productivity coach
  • Home manager
  • Event planner
  • Project manager
  • Wedding planner

I have a real estate license…

  • Property manager (rental properties)

People LOVE my cooking…

  • Personal chef
  • Catering business
  • Pop-up food events
  • Private dinners (Paid)
  • Food truck business owner

I want to give back and do meaningful work… 

Nonprofits are often hiring for the following positions:

  • Volunteer coordinator/manager
  • Newsletter Editor
  • Database manager
  • Webmaster or web developer

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?

Health Care

  • Birth coach or doula
  • Diabetes Coach

I want to create products, I hate providing services… 

  • WordPress Theme Developer (build a theme, sell it multiple times)
  • Author (this is hard… but easier with self-publishing)
  • Amazon seller
  • Etsy Seller
  • Tshirt Designer
  • Illustrator (See SpoonFlower)
  • Online course creator

I have a social following… 

  • YouTube star
  • Author
  • Professional speaker
  • Get paid to promote products on your social media profiles
  • Become an Ebay seller

I love science/research/medicine:

  • Lab Assistant
  • Lab Manager
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Medical billing expert
  • Insurance claims expert

I like working with my hands… 

  • Handyman/Handywoman
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Mover
  • Assemble IKEA furniture
  • Shovel snow / rake leaves / cut grass
  • Wash cars

I’m great with kids! 

  • Nanny/Babysitter
  • Summer Camp Counselor
  • Dance instructor
  • Speech therapist
  • Sign Language for Kids Coach

I’m great on the phone!

  • Do remote customer service for major brands

I have a heart for senior citizens 

  • Help seniors with chores, tech and driving
  • Work in a hospice or senior care facility

People say I have lovely handwriting! 

  • Handwrite thank you cards and holiday cards for sales professionals or business owners

Do you have a spare room in your house or a second home?

  • Rent your extra room on AirBnB
  • Buy rental properties and make passive income

I’m in great shape

  • Become a security guard
  • Help executives with weight loss
  • Teach Pilates to private clients

Other Ways to Make Money

  • Officiate a wedding (secular or religious ceremonies)
  • Make balloon animals
  • Do Facepainting
  • Run a DJ business
  • Edit podcasts
  • Calligraphy Expert
  • Dance Instructor
  • Gymnastics Assistant
  • Painter (exterior or interior)

I love animals 🙂 

  • Pet sitter
  • Pet groomer
  • Dog walker

I Love Numbers!

  • Bookkeeper
  • Accountant
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