Preparing to Freelance Fulltime

I’m getting to a point where I feel I either need to put up or shut up about becoming a fulltime freelancer.  I started this site to help others, as well as, myself, and I’m not upholding my end of the bargain.  At least that how it feels.  I could be that sometimes, good things come to those who wait.  In the life of an entrepreneur, waiting doesn’t seem to be a trait.

I’ve been realizing lately that when I listen to entrepreneur podcasts, I’m always enthused about the idea of doing something different…something for myself.  Complacency takes hold and I feel like it is a life for someone else, and that I need to feel like I need to be in a state where I WILL be successful, rather than possibly not being successful, in order to make this work.

I’m sure most people who strike out on their own, must feel the burden of failing prior to starting.  This is a hard concept for me, as my life is trucking along just fine right now.

So my plan is fairly strategic right now.  In past years, the eb and flows of work throughout the year is like the downward motion of a waterfall.  The year starts off with fresh budgets and therefore, more work, and it begins to slow a bit in the summer, while stopping in the late fall.

My plan is to write down all income generating avenues and prioritize which I can become most successful at.  This includes Craigslist ads and also responding to ads, create engaging profiles on UpWork, attend network meetings, etc.  Once I have these, I’m going to come up with a reasonable timeline push hard in getting new work. I will work my family, so that they agree that during this time, Dad will be ultra focused and possibly work late on incoming projects. In this way, I hope to begin seeing a pattern of work that outpaces my day job and will afford me the luxury of quitting the full-time job.