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People have been asking me this a lot lately, so i decided to share my side of the story on the freelance life. Most of you already probably have a job and your question is when it's the right time to go freelance. I was really lucky at this point, since i was already unemployed (because of the surgery 3 years ago) and had to sit in the house doing nothing. Instead, i tried to work something out. And that's how i started. I was relying on zero income, so whatever was better than nothing.
I can only imagine how terrifying it is, to be in the middle, trying to get independent and chase your dream. But how stressful it is also! I don't know if freelancers say that, but unless you are somehow famous the road will be still bumpy. If you read someone saying how awesome, and easy it is, oh boy you have no idea! I know this from first hand, since hubby and i are both freelancers, and the most stressful thing about freelance is that your work is never steady and safe. You have to be super organised with your income and know how to save money to avoid surprises.
As a start, i wouldn't advice you to take drastic actions. Don't just wake up one day and say, "ah today feels like a good day to go freelance!" Trust me, in this case, being adventurous, won't do you any good. Take your time, to prepare the ground. It might even take a year, but you do have to have a base. As i always say (man, this should be my motto) put yourself out there! I'm not super rich or famous, but that rule has definitely showed me (and still does) a lot of progress.
Going freelance means you need to know people, and people have to see you and your work. So scratch off being shy from your to do list. Firstly and most important, is having an online portfolio, and in my opinion a blog wouldn't hurt either. Don't expect people to discover you, but don't become a spammer either. Get friendly, get to know people that interest and inspire you. Get out of your shell. Share your work regularly.
You will know it's time, when you will feel comfortable, confident and probably won't have time for your day job. Trust me, it will always be a risk, but what's a life with not some risk? The more work you do, the more you share, the more people will see you. And lastly, don't sweat, create. Between being stressed about getting more projects and paying the bills it's easy to loose yourself. Never forget why you do what you do. Being freelance for me, is probably the most decision i could probably ever do.