From 9 – 5 to Freelance, Why I left my Full Time Job

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I decided to stop working for someone else to focus on my family and build my business.

Trust me when I say, this was no easy process. It took some planning and praying because let’s face it, we all know it takes some strong faith to step out on your own.

For years, I have been dreaming about the day of working for myself full time. I would start a venture, get ready to take the plunge and here comes fear to stop me in my tracks.

We have been conditioned to go to college, get a great job and stay there for 30 – 40 years, retire and die. This concept never stuck with me. I remember as a child I wanted to do something more than to just work my life away.

I am the millennial everyone talks about. You know, start a job stay about a year and then find something else. I have always pursued my passions and for so long I had been yearning for something more than sitting in a cubicle.

This decision was hard to make, but to be honest, life was beginning to take over and I had to question my priorities. I am a wife and mother to two beautiful boys, one who is special needs.

He has constant doctor appointments and other needs that it was beginning to wear on my husband, who was the main one taking him to his appointments due to our alternating work schedules.

The last doctor’s appointment we went to, put things into perspective. Our child is going to need additional care and we needed to create a schedule that is conducive for everyone in our family. So, I decided to work from home.

Doing so allows me the time and flexibility I need to be there for my family. As much as I enjoyed my job, the hours were rough and the time away made it difficult on all of us.

So what am I doing now, you ask? Well, I am utilizing my degrees. I have my Bachelors in Journalism and my Master of Education.

I have businesses that I work for as a contractor. With the contract work, I keep them at six months to one year at a time and the money that I make as a contractor is more than what I was bringing in as a regular employee.

I found most of my work on www.flexjobs.com. Let me first say, I am not being paid to write this article nor am I being sponsored to write this, I am just providing a resource that helped me and it may help you too.

Do know that if you do decide to use Flex Jobs, there is a membership fee of $14.95 a month.

If you do not want to go the paid route, you can also go to other job boards like Glassdoor or Indeed and search Remote Work from Home or Telecommute jobs.

Some of the companies I work for are education-related, some of my work is copywriting for other companies and some of it is editing.

The great thing about each of these companies is that I get to create the schedule I want. I am still able to meet the required deadlines and have the time I need to spend with family, attend doctor appointments, parent/teacher conferences or volunteer at my children’s schools.

Along with Freelancing for other businesses, I run my own blog, editing/publishing company and I just published a book. So my days are busy, but I manage it all, on my time. It can be done, you just have to plan and then execute.

Have you decided to go this route? Let me know in the comments!