Just under a month ago today, I took the plunge into freelancing.
While I absolutely LOVE being a stay-at-home-mom and don’t want anything different for myself (or for Isla) any time in the near future, I’ve always been on the fence when it comes to having a little something for myself. It’s always been a struggle for me to not contribute anything financially, and while I’ve searched for a long time (a little over a year) to find some sort of side hustle that I actually love doing, it took me awhile to think of the one thing that made sense all along: writing.
I’ve been writing for years. From all the way back in middle/high school when I used Xanga to write incessantly about my boyfriend at the time or my BFF that week (Flashback Friday, anyone?), to frequently blogging on Myspace, to keeping a document on my computer where I’ve journaled for several years now… I’ve always loved writing. I’ve kept a blog of some sort fairly consistently for over four years now. I don’t really write for anyone in particular, but I just can’t seem to stop.
One of my favorite bloggers, Allie, who I really admire and consistently keep up with, is a freelance graphic designer. She has been for years. Graphic design is something I’ve always been interested in (and recently started practicing), but until I’m good enough to do anything with it, I wanted to find something I felt more confident in.
When I decided (after being indirectly persuaded by Allie’s blog and a couple others) to begin freelance writing, I never expected it would feel this good. Of course, extra money is always nice, but I never thought I would truly look forward to writing for other people. I was so, so wrong.
I can honestly say that I’ve only had two jobs I have ever really loved until now, and while I was really hoping I would love freelancing, I wasn’t totally sure. What if it sucked? What if all my clients were awful? Or worse, what if I never got any clients?
Luckily for me, I surprised myself. After just a month on oDesk (one of the websites I use for freelancing…and definitely my favorite so far), I’ve met — and surpassed — all of my weekly income goals. I’ve landed editing and blogging contracts with publishing companies, blogging for an interior designer, and even some odd jobs like writing someone’s marriage vows (yes, I’m serious) and love letters. Dom says I’m basically Joaquin Phoenix in “Her,” and I don’t hate it.
Owning my own business has always been a goal of mine, and while this isn’t even close to that level yet, it feels really good to be doing something for me- something that I love, and something I feel like I’ve really earned. I can’t wait to see what happens with it in months (and years) to come!
Do you have some sort of side hustle? Any freelancing tips? Comment or shoot me an email!