Do you find that the world is becoming a little bit more entrepreneurial, these days? I started out on this journey at the end of February, and I’ve been loving it. However, I’m not the only one freelancing; I’m very lucky to now know two friends in person whom have made the leap, one of them being my good buddy Mich from Beating The Index.
I’ve also recently been catching up on my blog reading, and learning about the adventures of others that have also been freelancing. Some of their stories are pretty interesting, and I look up to these people for all of the cool things that they’ve done. My life is very simple in comparison.
What do these people know that the rest of us don’t? Is it really that hard to get started? What is it like to be a freelancer?
Read on to learn more about some of my fellow freelancers:
Budgeting in the Fun Stuff
Crystal from Budgeting in the Fun Stuff has been a superstar entrepreneur, and her business has really taken off now that her husband has joined in. They manage many crucial aspects of a blog’s business, including commenting services and advertising campaign management. She’s also going to be one of the speakers at the Financial Blogger Conference.
Crystal has also been an inspiration as she proved that it’s possible for anyone to make it with some hard work and good customer service.
Sam from Financial Samurai recently engineered a layoff from his full-time position to embark on a new adventure in consulting and freelancing. We actually met up once, and while I think he is a very down to earth guy, he also spends some time in the upper echelons of society, schmoozing with the likes of Marissa Mayer and MC Hammer.
He talks about his story in his book, How to Engineer Your Layoff, and explains how this can often be a better choice than just walking away. While I don’t think that a layoff is always appropriate, it can be the right choice in some circumstances.
Forest from Frugal Zeitgest is such a cool guy; he actually spent some time living in Egypt, and he witnessed the beginnings of the Egyptian Revolution. We’ve also had the good chance to meet up a couple of times, and I’ve enjoyed the discussions we’ve had on the merits and drawbacks of, say, socialism. He has a generous heart and spirit, and an itch for world travel.
He’s been freelancing for a while now, and was one of the big inspirations toward going out on my own.
Start Freelancing Now!
Martin is another full-time freelancer who has been very supportive of Invest It Wisely. He’s been sharing all of his insights on his site, Start Freelancing Now!, and has done a great job of showing that it’s possible for anyone to become a freelancer / entrepreneur, not just those you see on TV. In fact, most people are entrepreneurial in many aspects of their lives!
So, what do these freelancers know that you don’t?
I personally don’t think that there’s any secret or magic to it. There’s more than one road to financial independence and freedom. I also don’t think that freelancing is the only way or the right way, and I don’t rule out returning to an office some day.
Thoughts to explore:
- The freelancing world is competitive. Where can I find my advantage?
- Isn’t the income unstable?
- What if I’m not a very entrepreneurial person?
What are your thoughts?