From 9-5 to self-employment in two months: a recap

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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 – jess.r.oconnor@gmail.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.

Jess x

7 thoughts on “From 9-5 to self-employment in two months: a recap

  1. Congrats on your process to freelance. It’s so interesting because I just posted a blog post about the same sort of experience yesterday. I was disappointed with a lot of the internship requirements (20 +hours a week with no pay or transportation costs but the chance to be published) and one day I woke up and withdrew my application. Now, I am a part time freelance writer and already have clients though my business doesn’t officially open until Tuesday, one day after your open date! I am so excited to hear about your experience. Here’s a link to my blog post if you’re interested (shameless self promotion?): http://tiaradeguzman.com/2015/08/29/introduction-fresh-ready-for-freelance-series-frfs/
    Happy writing!

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  2. By reading your post and the young ladies comment above me I’m inspired! I feel like I can do this. I have gone back and forth with starting my own business. The one thing that scares me the most..quitting my job. Ladies, I have no idea were to start. If you could walk some of us through your start up and how to. I believe this would be a great help to all up and coming freelance writers. Thanks for telling your story! I’m inspired!☺️

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    1. Hi there, thanks for reading! I’m so humbled to hear you’re inspired to try this path too. As I’m only at the very beginning of my journey, I can’t say I have a huge amount of advice just yet. I was able to take this big leap of faith thanks to a few contacts I made through simply telling people in my network that I was interested and available. That’s what I’d suggest – start talking about your intentions with friends, family and professional contacts and see if you can test the waters/get an idea for demand and interest. All you need is one or two good contacts to help you start, and then the rest will (hopefully) flow from there. But, like I said, I’m new to this too! I’ll see how I go over the next few months, and if all goes well, I’ll write a post in more detail :)

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    1. Hi Shannon, thanks for reading! I love hearing from people who are doing the same thing – it’s like there is this whole hidden community I never really knew about. Best of luck and I look forward to following your journey through your blog! :-)

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