On Monday, August 24th, 2015 at just after midnight I awoke with abdominal pain.
Pain that wouldn’t go away no matter how I tried to lay, sit or stand. Pain that reminded me of birthing contractions, but which didn’t offer any reprieve in between.
Halfway through a phone call to the hospital’s nursing line (during which my husband was frantically googling symptoms), I decided I’d be going to the emergency room no matter what they told me. The nurse agreed, my mom arrived to care for our young children, and Wade whisked me off to our local hospital.
Not five hours later I was in recovery, sans appendix. As the anesthesia started to wear off, I briefly wondered if it was all a dream? All it took was a glance down at my hospital gown to confirm it was definitely not.
I sit here typing just over a week out from surgery, three new scars on my abdomen, feeling about as normal as I can. I’m sharing my story not for sympathy, but to hopefully better equip you in handling unexpected life events as a freelancer.
Here are my three best tips!
Want to know my secret to success?
Learn from others further along the path than you.
It’s that simple.
I wouldn’t have gotten half as far without the help and support from others, like Tom, who have given me advice and guidance along the way.
I now have a whole slew of internet peers that help me and vice versa. It’s very much give and take and in some sense, it’s always been.
Today I want to share with you four ways that building strategic relationships helped to make my business successful and why you should be networking your little heart out. In a nutshell, you’ll get much further with people then you will on your own! Let’s dive in.
Several months after leaving work behind, I hit my 2015 revenue goal of grossing $10,000 in a single month from freelancing.
Whilst I’m very proud of myself for this achievement, you’re only as good as your next sale in this business. In order to maintain this level I need to continue hustling, find a way to scale my business, or both.
I’ve learned a lot since setting out on this crazy freelancing journey a year and a half ago – more than I can probably wrap up in a single post – so here are my top five lessons learned from leaving work behind to freelancing full-time.
So you want to quit your day job?
Good for you! It’s exciting, isn’t it? But a bit nerve wracking, scary and overwhelming too.
Since it’s kind of a big deal, I think it deserves proper consideration. So I’ve compiled a list of five questions you should ask yourself before giving your boss the pink slip.
1. How Much Money am I Making from My Freelance Business?
And frankly, how predictable is it?
I started my own freelance business as a side hustle, and I’d recommend you do the same. Start building while you’re working full-time if at all possible. This will enable you to make sure it’s viable, use the income to pay down debt (or save it) and make sure it’s something you enjoy.
I just got back from my first vacation as a full-time freelancer.
I’d give myself a B-. I tried to prepare as much as possible by working ahead on client work, letting my clients know I was going to be gone and setting an out of office message on my email.
But it wasn’t until the end of the week that I truly was able to unplug and relax. Part of this is that I still needed to work in some capacity by checking email for my two virtual assistant clients while away. And part was that I wanted to know what I was missing while I was gone.
Silly, silly me! As I mentioned, towards the end I was able to relax and enjoy myself a bit more. And I learned a lot about myself and my business in the process. Here are my four best tips to help you take a more successful vacation from your freelance business next time around.