Why you’re still not freelancing and how to make the switch today

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A lot of Millo readers I talk to say something like:

“I’ve been getting ready to make the switch to freelancing for months now, and I think I’m almost ready to take the leap.”

Today, I want to crush all the excuses you’ve been making (maybe some you don’t even realize you’re making) so that you can literally make the switch to freelancing today!

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Excuses that keep you from freelancing; crushed.

Excuse #1: You have to get my affairs in order before making the leap into freelancing.

Crush it: Taking the leap into freelancing or entrepreneurship is and working at a full-time job are not mutually exclusive. In fact, at the time of writing this, I run a quite successful freelancing gig, but also work full-time at a job I just couldn’t overlook. I’m passionate about both jobs and work hard in both.

Remember, don’t hate freelancers with full-time jobs. And don’t hate yourself if you’re one of them. You can start freelancing today whether you have a full-time commitment somewhere else or not.

Excuse #2: I have to save up tons of money before I can venture out on my own.

Crush it: If money is something that has been holding you back, it’s time to crush the fear of financial failure and get moving!

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To start freelancing, you don’t need a huge amount of starting capital. In fact, you can probably start with whatever you’ve already got. Don’t try to save up for a huge new office space, tons of new equipment, or employees to hire.

Just start small. I’ve read and absolutely recommend Chris Guillebeau’s book, The $100 Startup. He talks all about getting started without hardly any capital. It rocks.

Excuse #3: I can’t compete with big agency talent and bandwidth.

Crush it: Working at an agency has its advantages. But working for yourself has (in my experience) even more advantages.

When you work for yourself, not only do you have all the things you’ve dreamed of having as an entrepreneur, but you also have the option to still work for an agency.

What do I mean?

As a freelancer, offer to take projects off the plate of a local agency who has an overload of requests. If you can’t beat them, join them.

If you want to beat them, you can.

There you have it

There they are. Three extremely common excuses for not getting started in freelancing and the crushingly candid truths behind them.

So what are you waiting for, make up your mind to start freelancing today!

Committed? Great! Leave a comment and let the world know. The first step to making a change is to make your plans public. Go ahead, leave a comment.


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About Preston D Lee

Preston is an entrepreneur, writer, podcaster, and the founder of this blog. You can contact him via twitter at @prestondlee.

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  1. Please, a quick proofread? Stumbling in sentences jars my brain.
    “Taking the leap into freelancing or entrepreneurship __is__ and working at a full-time job are not mutually exclusive.”?

  2. I am a freelance designer for more then 2 and half years and is amazing! Thank you for your post! I think more people should work from home, be free and organize himselfs!
    Ps: I even travel a lot!

  3. Hi. How do you go about requesting an agency and ask them them to send you jobs they dont want when they get overloaded? I like this idea you posted.

  4. I am a photographer, but work a full time Logistics gig. I have been struggling with how to balance the two without either one suffering. This article definitely sheds light on my own excuses. Thanks for posting!

  5. Excellent post. There are many reasons people don’t go freelance – money pressures probably being the biggest hurdle, and worry of failure. I spent 3 years wanting to make the leap and worrying I wouldn’t be able to survive without a steady wage, get enough work in etc…

    I made the decision to do it in December 2012 (its only been 3 months) but i’m loving it. Starting small and with only my last pay packet to run with I’m now working from home and apart from bills / mortgage am surviving on less that £100 a month. I never thought I’d be able to do it. Jobs are coming in and slowly but surely I’m becoming more confident I will succeed.

    You HAVE to be self-motivated though, those cold mornings when you could easily stay in bed… you need to get up and get going otherwise your business won’t succeed. I get over this by going for a morning cycle ride or hitting the gym in the morning before starting work. It makes a HUGE difference as I start work awake and fresh each morning.

  6. This is actually quite an article! I loved it. It made me got into the groove. Will let you know in couple of months how it changed my life.

  7. Putske Graphics says:

    Great article. I’ve operated a freelancing company out of my home office for the last 4 years now. I’ve also pursued a career in Safety Management at the same time and have found great success in both fields. When my Safety position gets overwhelmingly busy, I sub my design work to another freelancing designer. When I have more free time, I pick up the design work and do it myself. I’ve found that you need to keep your design clients happy by putting out great work and beating all deadlines. The best thing I ever did was to hire a sub contractor. The stress of not getting a job completed are now diluted and if I’m having an issue with a design I can get support. Once your freelancing starts taking off, you don’t want to say no to jobs (too busy) so having a backup helps immensely. Also if you really want to make good money, delegate some of the design and take over the management/sales aspect of your company. Just make sure it’s cost plus over your sub contractor. %20 is a good margin to start with.

    It’s working for me!


  8. Great post!! Very encouraging!!

  9. SJ Anderson says:

    How do you manage your time to sell and perform your services. I find this thie most difficult thing to do! When I’m working on a deadline I can’t go out and get the next job to keep the design funnel always full, productive, and money making. I know eventually referrals & repeat orders could/should take up the slack but can you rely on that for your primary income?

  10. Barnabas Radics says:

    Thank you. Now I know

    how to make the switch today.


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