In today’s world, when you’re a millennial and you have a job, it feels like everyone around you has their shit together. Everyone is getting married, buying condos, having kids – the works. And while I love my friends and the life they’ve built for themselves, many of us are afraid to take that next step because we feel like we need more stability first. We’re living in an era where more people than ever before are choosing to live alone or with roommates instead of settling down with spouses and buying houses. Millennials are now officially the largest generation in the U.S., outnumbering Baby Boomers by nearly four million people (that’s from about 71 million Boomers to roughly 67 million Millennials). And as much as they may not want to admit it, millennials also have parents who won’t be around forever. In fact, The New York Times reported that one-third of American adults have no living parents; that number has increased steadily since 1990. If all this sounds familiar to you because it sounds familiar to us…congratulations! You won’t believe how much your life will change once you read what we have in store for you!
Why Freelancing is the Key to Career Success
When we think of a career, we often associate it with jobs that are in an office, where you work a predictable schedule, have benefits and a long-term relationship with the company you work for. While that may be ideal for some people, the unfortunate truth is that it’s not realistic for many millennials. In fact, a recent study by Manpower Group found that 38% of millennials are employed in the freelance or independent contractor fields. Freelancing is the best way to navigate a job market that doesn’t necessarily offer full-time positions to recent grads. It gives you the flexibility to work remotely, so you can live anywhere in the world while still earning a decent wage. And with the rise of apps like Fiverr, it’s never been easier to turn your skills into an online business.
Finding Happiness in a 9-to-5 Job Isn’t Always Easy
Have you ever watched a sleeper hit like Office Space? I’m sure you’ve seen that meme where the one guy is saying he would rather do anything else but work at Initech again. We’ve all been there. Most of us, whether we acknowledge it or not, are in the 9-to-5 grind. We all start off keeping our heads down and hoping to get noticed, but after that promotion doesn’t come or your idea gets shut down, it’s easy to start to feel hopeless. If you’re one of those people who’s been stuck in a rut, daydreaming about how great it would be to freelance, we totally get it. So many of us are stuck in jobs we don’t like, hoping our bosses will notice how hard we’re working and finally reward us with a promotion. The good news is, though, that you don’t have to wait for that to happen. You can turn your idea into a business right now, on your own time and using skills you already have.
How Freelancing Changed My Life: My Fiverr Experience
Let’s be real: Freelancing isn’t for everyone. Depending on your business, you may have to work more than a 9-to-5 job, and the benefits may not be as great as what you’d get in a full-time job. But freelancing has worked wonders for me, and we’re sure it can work wonders for you, too. As a writer, getting rejected is part of the job, but we’re not going to lie: It’s also hard to hear. We knew we wanted to freelance, but in our experience, we also knew that it would be difficult to get started. We didn’t know where to begin, and we had no idea about pitching potential clients. We knew that the only way we’d be able to get our foot in the door was if we learned how to build a website that would attract the right kind of traffic.
Benefit 1: You’ll Learn Things at Work You Don’t Learn at School
A lot of us have started to realize that even with a college education, it’s hard to get that dream job. Employers are looking for more than just a degree. They want to know that you can take initiative, that you’re confident and that you’re a problem solver. However, working at a job that you don’t love can make it hard to demonstrate these qualities. You may not have the opportunity to lead projects or to solve big problems because you’re too busy dealing with daily problems that no one cares about. While you can get some of that by taking a side hustle, working at a job you don’t love won’t give you the same skills you’d gain from a fun, fulfilling freelance gig.
Benefit 2: You’ll Build Confidence and Self-Knowledge That Will Help You Land Your Dream Job
Freelancing lets you get used to being in charge, making decisions and (hopefully) making money. It’s a great way to test out your ideas and see if they’re viable. If you’re the kind of person who likes to plan everything out, you probably have a grandiose vision for your business. However, it’s important to remember that most startups don’t make money in their first year, so you’ll have to be patient. You’ll have to learn how to hone your marketing skills, adjust your strategy as you learn what works and deal with rejections. This can be difficult, but it will ultimately help you get your business off the ground and show future employers that you’re prepared for the real world.
Freelancing has become the new normal in the U.S. for people in their 20s and 30s, and it’s clearly not going away any time soon. If you want to make a living doing something you love, you have to be prepared to freelance. That means cultivating the right skills, finding the best marketing strategies and establishing a work/life balance that lets you make a decent living while still having a life. Now, we don’t want to scare you away, but we want you to be realistic about the challenges you’re likely to face as a freelancer. You’ll need to know how to market your business, how to price your services and how to find clients—and we’ll probably be the first to admit that all of this can be a little scary. However, once you look past the initial challenges, you’ll find that freelancing can be incredibly rewarding. And if you’re willing to put in the work, you can build a business that’s as satisfying as it is profitable.