Going freelance – is it for you?

Girl lands job of her dreams, marries the man of her dreams… and together they create a beautiful child. But there’s no fairytale ending to this story. Instead, the stark reality of being a working Mum in the media means that you have to make a choice.

Unless you work for the world’s most compassionate boss (hey, let me know if you do!), you may too be faced with returning full time, or take the new conditions that working part-time brings.

The red pill, or the blue pill?

For me, I chose part-time. This way I could still spend time with my son, and keep my hand in writing. And for a while it worked.

But it gradually dawned on me that my company wanted me back – to return full-time. I could see that not being able to give every breathing moment to the corporate giant, meant that I was becoming surplus to requirements.

Your new life starts HERE!

It has been three months now since I became a professional freelance writer. While it certainly has its challenges, I’m pleased with the brave decision I made.

I definitely spend a lot more time with my son than I ever did before, and I get to write as well. Two birds and all that…

Sewing the seeds

It’s no bad thing to dip your toe in the water to get a feel before jumping in. I did a little bit of freelance writing for others, and have been writing this blog for a while too. Plus, I have written a few things for the Huffington Post. All of these set me on my journey and gave me a taste of what was in store.

But first, ask yourself

Going freelance isn’t for everyone. Ask yourself – do you enjoy working alone, are you prepared to maybe work whenever the jobs come up (ie be more flexible than you expected) and can you live without routine and a regular income? They are huge considerations.

But, what I can say, is that working for yourself can be hugely rewarding. It can also be at times lonely, I miss office banter the most. It’s also a reality check to not be top of a clients list anymore since you’re just the little guy. That bit sucks.

Top Tips

  1. If you get the chance, dip your toe in – offer your services to friends, get a portfolio together and see if it’s for you.
  2. Register with HRMC if you decide to go solo and remember to hold back money for tax.
  3. One of the best tips is if you decide to going freelance PR, design, graphics in facts any industry, get yourself a professional website and associated social media handles. It’s a great place to direct prospective clients and show off your own work.
  4. Also check out helpful sites like Mothers Meetings and Talented Ladies Club, who offer great advice.

Freelancing isn’t for the masses, but it is for the hardest working – and I’m sure you are one of them too. Good luck!

If you like our site, then please give us a thumbs up or snog, or anything you fancy on Facebook. Thanks!