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Screw baby steps, I’m taking leaps

Damn.

I actually did it. I’ve quit my job. My head hasn’t stopped spinning since I did it. Trying to get my head around what I’ve done. Trying to figure out whether I am completely insane or whether I’ve just done the greatest, bravest thing of my entire adult life.

It hasn’t been an easy decision. It’s been a decision I’ve been thinking about for about three years. it’s a decision that I’ve been really  thinking about for about six months. I’ve done endless Googling on ‘advice for freelancers’, ‘when should you quit your job and go freelance’ and ‘why is being an adult such a stupidly tricky thing sometimes’.

Those searches led me to strings and strings of articles, but none which were really helpful or none which had really help me made up my mind.

I’m an over-analyser and I think over every decision I make very carefully. I would love to impulsive, but it’s something I am completely incapable of. So, naturally, I weighed up pros and cons and made some sums and then weighed up pros and cons again and then made some more sums and finally reached the conclusion that even if things should go utterly pear, I would be okay for a month or two.  They won’t, though. I have faith in that and I have faith in my abilities.  I have faith in my fierce determination.

This decision also gives me the ability to travel, something I never got to do when I left school. Being a freelancer means I can work from anywhere in the world as long as I have a computer and an internet connection.

The purpose of this blog is to write about the process of going freelance from my point of view. I have read a lot about making the jump, but a lot of it was a lot of fluff. I want to write stuff that’s not fluff, I want to write about my experience and maybe it’ll help somebody else who is as confused as I was.

I’d also like to write about how I find being a freelancer.  The pros, the cons, the good days, the bad days, the things you should know, what to do about your tax. All those things that we don’t get taught in high school or at university.

Lastly, thank you to everybody who listened to me, talked to me about my decision, helped me think about what it would mean and all of those who encouraged me and supported my decision.  You know who you are and I am eternally grateful.

Much like my idol Chris Gayle, I am a gun for hire.  And while I might not have a reputation of his calibre to go demand fees as I see fit, I certainly like to think I have the determination to go and find the work.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t absolutely shitting myself. I am now in charge of my own income.  Well, I am and so are the editors I’m going to be pitching to. This journey won’t be easy, but it’ll be worth it.

I have been incredibly blessed. I say blessed because I don’t believe in luck. Luck is just what happens when preparation meets opportunity. And I’ve been preparing for this all my life.

 

One thought on “Screw baby steps, I’m taking leaps

  1. crownish says:

    Good on ya Ant! Wish you the best on the adventure :)

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