This blog has been sorely neglected over the past few months, but all for good reason – in the past eight weeks, I’ve taken on freelance writing contracts, quit my full-time job and become self-employed. Even as I write these words, I still don’t quite believe it. On the one hand, it feels like everything has come together incredibly quickly. But on the other, I realise I’ve been subconsciously working my way towards this goal for years. Full-time freelancing has always been on the horizon; I just arrived at this destination faster than expected.
Let’s rewind a couple of months.
I was feeling unsettled at work, as if something was missing. Although I enjoyed the job, I felt unfulfilled and lost. As I was working for a training institution, my work revolved around recruiting new students and encouraging them to follow their career dreams. All of the copy I wrote was underpinned by this one question: what do you want to do with your life?
I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I was a little girl, yet until recently I’ve struggled to truly embrace this desire. To become a writer seemed more of a lofty dream than a concrete reality; writing was something I did as a hobby, not a full-time career prospect. I therefore kept looking for jobs that would allow me to be more than a writer; I felt I needed to add more strings to my bow. Web editor, marketer, customer service superstar – anything to flesh out my resume, to ensure I could offer more than just words.
The experience I’ve gained through exploring these different career paths has been invaluable, but every road has led back to where it all began: writing. After a few years of exploration and self-discovery, I’ve come full circle once more.
Thanks to many inspiring conversations with close friends, and the unwavering support of Tom and my family, I have been able to take a massive leap of faith and give this self-employment thing a real crack. I tried to balance part-time freelancing with full-time work for a while, but I soon realised if I really wanted to make this happen, I’d have to jump in with two feet. Regardless of what happens, I know I’m in for a new adventure.
Tomorrow marks the first day of my first full week as a freelancer; I haven’t been this excited about a Monday morning in a long while. I am hopeful this new path will allow more time for blogging and creative writing – fingers crossed this space isn’t as neglected over the next few months!
If you know of anyone who is in need of a writer, the best way to get in touch with me currently is via email – email@example.com – or through my LinkedIn profile. I might have to get used to this shameless self-promotion thing!
Speaking of networking, if you’re self-employed, have tried your hand at freelancing, or simply have some advice, I’d love to hear your thoughts/words of wisdom. Here’s to fresh starts and new beginnings.