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How to transition from a full-time job to a full-time freelancer
Whenever you think about working online, you will need to understand that it's an uphill battle, and you may not make much in your first year. This is because you don't have the authority to convince potential buyers to open their checkbooks and sign over their money, but you can in time!
One thing I hate hearing is, "I'm quitting my job to work online full-time!" and the person has never set up a website or made a dollar online yet. I want to sit them down and say "Honey, you're going to blow all of your savings on things you don't need, and you'll be back at your old job when you do" but I can't because this is all digital and they likely wouldn't listen anyway haha.
Now then, for those of you who are stubborn like me and want to work online, here's what you need to do.
Don't quit your day job
Ok, I know you want to work online, but you will still need to make money to pay the bills and put food on the table. You need to keep your job while you venture online to make money just in case things don't work out. You don't want to quit your job, fail online, then go back for a lower-paying position at the same company because you couldn't hack it online.
Think about all the companies that fail within their first five years. That number is staggering and sits around 75%, and if you think about all the freelancers and "business owners" online who aren't cutting it, that number is likely around 99% of people!
So, keep your day job for now!
Start selling your services online
If you want to make it big online, you will need to start somewhere, like here at SEOclerks, so get into action and publish some services you think you could be great at. It doesn't matter what you're selling as long as it doesn't break the TOS and seller guidelines set by IonicWare (the parent company), so get to posting!
Optimize your services for the search engines and make sure they sound great for whoever reads them. Remember, the title of your service is what will help get clicks, and those clicks turn into sales sometimes
Be sure to sell on your website
You will need a website to list your services or at least a link to your freelancer profiles where you sell services. This will help you have another avenue to generate sales, even if you don't sell directly on your website.
If you do think about selling your services through your website, you should check out https://www.robosetapp.com/ and get your site up and running easily with all the bells and whistles you'll need to manage orders. I've used RoboSetup a few times and can say it's pretty awesome when selling through your website
Transition after you've created a healthy revenue stream
Once you've started to generate some income, you can start planning to leave your job. I would suggest that you make at least as much online as you are at your day job before you consider leaving. This is because your online sales could drop, you might not have a lot of savings, and the time it takes to boost your sales up again might be too long for you to handle.
If you leave your job too early, and you're not making enough online, you'll be in a bad position and not able to pay for much.
Venturing online to make a sale or two is fun and exciting, but not if you don't have another revenue stream offline that pays you weekly or bi-weekly. Sticking with your full-time job now while working online after hours is the best way to start your online empire. You need to make plenty of money online before you can think of quitting your day job. You never want to put yourself in a position where you can't pay your bills! Working online isn't as easy as a lot of people say it is. It takes time, a lot of effort, and overtime to make enough to equal your day job, but at least you won't have a boss telling you what to do lol. Scale upwards and make enough so you can kiss your job goodbye and work online full time
Thanks for reading
- Tommy Carey