Freelancing While Working a Full-Time Job
I have shared my journey of freelancing before, including how I started my freelance writing and editing business, finding clients while working a full-time not-writing-related job.
I decided to get serious about starting my writing business in October 2016. I got 4 clients in the first week. In November, I officially became an LLC.
By January 2017, I knew this could work. I was making about half my full-time job’s salary from freelance writing in the evenings and weekends.
So, I quit my job. By February, I was able to focus on my writing business full-time.
At the end of 2017, I made about $67k for the year. In my previous corporate position, I was making $65k annual salary. It was working!
Things went well over the next few years, with my annual earnings going up a bit each year.
I added more services and pivoted my business when necessary, and I wrote and published books, adding to my credibility and authority in my field.
Then, the pandemic.
In 2020, the world kind of just…shut down.
I was still actively working. I was editing books, writing for clients, writing my own books and blog, the whole 9 yards.
But while I’d been working from home for a few years by then, the pandemic isolated me even further.
I started to feel less inspired, less motivated to run my business.
There is a huge difference between ‘I don’t want to go out’ and ‘I can’t go out.’