Migrating from Full-Time into Freelance
Full-Time jobs teach us some invaluable skills such as: how to work with a team, take criticism, listen, critique others work constructively, manage our time efficiently, and work under tight deadlines. With all those skilled locked down, you might be thinking “If I can show up every day for 8 hours, plus wake up earlier than usual, and commute, why can’t I do this for my freelance business?” For one, a Full-Time job can be stressful, leaving any free moment to decompress and prepare for the next work day. Once the weekend rolls around, many of us want to enjoy the day with loved ones, binge-watch the latest popular series everyone is talking about, go out of town, work on passion projects, and do our favorite activities that we cannot do during the weekdays.
Having a full-time job that doesn’t offer the flexibility or creative freedom that many small side hustlers crave can lead to mental exhaustion, feelings of being stuck, and those negative feeling can seep into our professional lives. To avoid doubtful emotions about starting your entrepreneurial journey, we’ve compiled a list of ways to ease the migration from full-time to CEO.
Those wanting to break into owning their own business might not want to or have the means to invest much in their new business. Running a one-person show might be the only viable option, and it can be practical for those wanting to start small, but the length of developing your product or service will take longer. Not setting aside the proper funds to hire help requires you, the CEO, to put on many hats when building and running your business. You’ll not only be the boss, but you’ll also have to take on roles such as marketer, developer, designer, project manager, business manager, and any other skillset that the business requires. Taking on all the tasks to start your own business is a massive undertaking for anyone, especially those with full-time jobs and other responsibilities outside of work.
Creating a business requires setting goals with intentional deadlines. Setting boundaries are one of the ways to accomplish your goals. It’s easy to not work on your business and instead focus on your day job, family, and other activities. You should try creating a strict schedule that works around your days and deadlines. Wake up early, work during lunch, and batch prep ready-to-make meals once a week instead of cooking every day are ways you can optimize your time to get tasks done. Be strategic when it comes to creating your schedule.
"If I can show up every day for 8 hours, wake up early, and commute, why can’t I do this for my business?" @munklyapp
Get in the Zone.
Setting boundaries mean nothing if you’re someone that is easily distracted. If your job requires you to be online, it’s even harder to stay focused, but here a few ways to stop yourself from opening up a new tab and streaming a movie for 2 hours.
- Only keep, at max, 3 tabs open. Each tab must be related to the tasks at hand
- Put your phone on do not disturb mode if you absolutely can
- Set aside work hours and stick to it
- Put a movie or song in the background
- A hot cup of coffee or favorite beverage
- Get dressed as if you are going to work
Different people have different ways of getting in the zone. Finding out what works for you takes some experimenting. Some people enjoy working in their pajamas while others prefer to get ready as if they are going to the office.
Turn Tasks into Small Chunks
One easy way to get overwhelmed is by creating tasks that take days, weeks, and maybe even months to complete. By breaking long tasks into smaller manageable chunks that only requires a few hours of work each day, you’ll be able to see progress leading up to the task due date.
Another option is to scale back on individual events throughout the week that takes time away from developing and growing your business. Instead of going out every Sunday, try spending every other Sunday at home working.
Scaling back can also mean scaling back on expenses to create funds for your business. Instead of buying lunch at work 4 days a week, try replacing those 2 meals with lunch from home. With the extra money, you can outsource some tasks or purchase software and tools that you need.
Investing doesn’t mean putting all your money into a business that may or may not work and potentially going into debt. It means investing in the necessities to get up and running. For example, if you want to create a website, you’ll need to invest in a web hosting platform. If you’re planning on opening up a web design studio, you’ll need to purchase a graphics editor program.
There are, however, investments to avoid in the beginning stages of starting your own freelance business such as purchasing tools, courses, and software that you don’t need at the moment. And most importantly, if you’re not generating an income yet, be very picky on what tasks you outsource. If you must outsource without having an income rolling in, only outsource tasks that you can not do rather than what you don’t like to do.
If you feel like you’re taking on too much work and need some time to relax, take it. Realize that you may not launch your business and even quit your job in a month or even in a year, but by setting tasks and creating a workable schedule, each day you’re one step closer to making it all happen.
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