The decision to leave your regular day job and embark on a freelancing career shouldn’t be taken lightly. But if you’re not comfortable with your current employment, there may be some telling signs that it’s time to consider a career switch.
Here’s what to look for:
1) Small things are annoying you
Has Sharon taken your stapler AGAIN without asking? Does your blood boil when you notice your office milk has been used without your permission? Perhaps your office has decided to swap from filter coffee to instant coffee and it has ruined your life?
… It’s time to leave. When silly issues become a big deal, and you find yourself seething with anger at the most minute change, you might want to consider it a sign that working for yourself, from your own home, will greatly improve your wellbeing.
2) You’re craving flexibility but not getting it
If you have to beg to leave work early to pick up your sick child, or desperately phone friends and family to help you cope during the summer holidays, we know how you feel! It’s frustrating to say the least, and there’s almost always a degree of guilt attached to it. Freelancing means you can set your own schedule and work around your children. The result? No more guilt, no more begging, and a happier family.
3) You’re always tired
While most jobs are referred to as a 9-5, work is rarely restricted to these hours. Many of you will work shifts or be forced to complete tasks in your spare time. When you add it all up, you might find you’re working far more hours than you realise! And this can cause you to become tired, disinterested and a tad isolated. If this sounds like you, a positive schedule change might be what’s needed.
4) Your boss doesn’t recognise your talents
Job roles can be very restrictive in some sectors. It might be that you’re allocated a set number of tasks and are rarely asked to explore new areas. Perhaps you know you’re a talented writer and can do a hell of a better job then the staff content writer but have no pathway available towards getting that job. Or maybe you’ve not had a promotion in forever. Whatever it is, if your talents aren’t recognised, it might be time to leave.
5) You want to learn something new
Like anything, there’s plenty to learn in the world of freelance writing. If you’re the type of person that is willing to listen, learn and accept feedback, you can definitely begin to build your own business.
6) You’re on a low income
In today’s world, it is almost impossible to get by on minimum wage. House prices are extortionate, energy bills are forever rising and food is becoming a luxury even for people earning a modest income. If you find yourself struggling, you might want to consider using freelance writing as a side gig to bump up your income. Within no time, you’ll be able to match your existing income (essentially doubling your income). After that, it won’t be long before you can make a career switch and be better off financially.
7) You’re frequently calling in sick when you’re not
We have all done it. A heavy weekend of partying almost inevitably leads to a Monday morning ‘food poisoning’ phone call. But if you find yourself doing this quite often due to contempt for your job or a lack of motivation, it might be time to consider a different path.
8) You commute for a long time every day
For those of you living in London, you’ll know the carnage that’s caused by one delayed train. You’ll also know what it’s like to spend two hours commuting to work (and that’s on a good day!). Similarly, if you don’t drive and rely on buses, or find yourself constantly stuck in traffic jams, now might be the time to consider a career switch.
9) You’re pregnant and not sure about returning to work
Many companies are entirely supportive of new mothers and offer excellent maternity packages. But some of them aren’t. If you recently started a new job or are on a zero hour contract and have discovered you’re pregnant, your options might be more limited. Working for yourself from home might be a more desirable option for you in these circumstances. It’ll also save you a small fortune in childcare costs.
10) You keep missing important events
How many times have you used the phrase “I’m sorry, I can’t come, I have to work”? If you’ve missed one too many birthday parties, lunch dates, school plays or parents evenings, it might be time to reorganise your priorities.
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