How I left my 9 to 5 corporate job and started freelancing full-time

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Three years ago, I realized that working at a mind-numbing 9-to-5 corporate job just wasn’t for me.

I looked at my boss, and my boss’s boss and noticed that I wasn’t interested in their positions or what they did on a day-to-day basis, regardless of pay.

I was also completely aware of the fact that I couldn’t quit my day job immediately, because I live in Los Angeles, one of the most outrageously expensive cities in America.

I needed my corporate income to survive, so my only option was to do something on the side.

Sidenote: Once you finish, read how 4 freelancers built recurring revenue models that changed their business. You'll love it.

The feeling that sparked me (& what created the spark)

I started doing some freelance writing for a few friends after I found out they were working on creating a mini YouTube web series.

Through this process, I got a small taste of what it was like to build something from the ground up – I was instantly hooked.

There was a feeling of excitement, hope, and a natural high; something I had not felt since college.  This was definitely not something that existed in my corporate job, and I didn’t want it to disappear.

When we finished the pilot for the web series, I immediately started brainstorming for potential new ideas.  Luckily, in the process of creating the web series, I stumbled upon another business idea.

This idea was not like the previous one – it would actually require a ton of time and work. It would most likely take me down the road of technology startups rather than short-lived entertainment industry projects.

The challenge was both inviting and terrifying.  I didn’t know anything about starting a business but that was also the part that was so enticing.

I’ve always believed that anyone can do anything, so I wanted to prove to myself that this was true.

After a few days of deliberation, I decided that I would go for it.  The feeling of hope and excitement was back.

Anything was possible and I loved it.

Reap the rewards

Even when I had to do mundane tasks like research, building spreadsheets, and figuring out business documentation, I loved it because it was fun, and found that my yearning for knowledge was insatiable.

Every little milestone I achieved was far more rewarding than any corporate promotion could provide.

In the first three months, I learned more than I had through four years of college as well as the four years spent in a corporate office.  I literally felt my brain transforming and I was continuously craving new information.

I didn’t have any cash to start the company, yet I was making new advancements every day, which I didn’t think were possible.

Conquer problems one by one

Let me back pedal for a second.  I definitely ran into several problems, but tackling these issues was the best part.

For example, my idea centered on building a web application.  However, I was a business management major in college and knew nothing about programming.

I always read that in order to be successful in your own venture, you should do what you know, and hire people to do the rest.

So I went to a small firm that builds web applications; they quoted me such an absurdly high amount I don’t want to mention because I don’t want to discourage anyone.

After that experience, I decided to turn to freelancers.  Freelancers need the work more and can do a better job at a reasonable rate.

I found an amazing freelancer on Upwork.com and we worked closely for a year putting this together at a fraction of the cost.

At times the problems will stack up and seem daunting.  The important thing to keep in mind is that every problem has a solution.

If you take them one at a time, you’ll start to build momentum.  This momentum will eventually become a force and you’ll know that no problem is too big to solve.

The takeaway

It has now been two years since I started my journey down the path of entrepreneurship and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

I’m still not at a point where I can say for sure if this idea will be successful or not – but I do know that I’ve acquired several new skills that I didn’t have before.

I now know how to bring an idea to life from the ground up; there are not a lot of people in the world who can say that.

What I want you to get out of this is that you no longer have to feel trapped by your 9-to-5.  There are several rewarding options out there that can help you get out.

You can start slow and build up your skills until you feel comfortable enough to make the jump.

Regardless of success or failure, what you’ll learn working for yourself will change you for the better; but staying at a workplace out of fear – will haunt you forever.

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About Vadim Verdyan

Vadim Verdyan is the founder and CEO of MyClyq.com.  It is a site that helps people find freelancers faster by utilizing their everyday partnerships, thus bringing word-of-mouth referrals online.  The beta is available to the public now.

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  1. Omg..that is a great idea! I have thought of doing that myself. Kudos!

  2. I am a moneyless entrepreneur. So, how I can market my T&D business? I can’t even arrange free workshops. I don’t have job coz I don’t have enough experience. Nobody cares about knowledge and attitude to learn.

    • Hi, when you say T&D, do you mean training and development? If so, have you tried creating a group/meet up event free on meetup.com? That may be something to look into.

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