You know those Instagram mantras:
- Love what you do, do what you love
- Make 9-5 history
- Make your own schedule
and the list goes on. I’ve been there, thought of starting my own freelance gig. Leaving that 9-5 corporate life, I’ve actually written about this about 2 years ago, and I got a ton of people who liked, commented, and shared their thoughts with me. But let me tell you, it’s not for everyone. It was not for me (don’t get me wrong, I still take freelancing here and there – shameless plug).
Not here to tell you what you should or shouldn’t do but giving you the unedited version of why it didn’t work for me.
I am someone who needs stability, as much as I love a dynamic lifestyle, I need some stability. Career stability comes in the form of security and income. When you are freelancing, you need to hustle extremely hard. It means you can be without pay, you put in endless hours for something you love but let’s be real. I need to live, I have payments and I want a life that doesn’t compromise too much of my lifestyle.
The “go-getter” appeal
Oh yes, I once was there. You know be so daring, quitting my job to chase after a “dream’. It feels out of the box, you feel brave, you feel like you have control, you feel like man, you’ve got this. I felt like I got so much support, I’m gonna get this. But let’s be real. It’s tough. It’s not as easy as it is and for someone like me who needs structure, stability and consistency. This whole “conquer the world” thing created more stress for me than expected.
Why the 9-5 is good for me
You know, it’s not bad. Let me tell you why I actually like this. By 9-5 I don’t mean working the core hours, it’s a term I coined for being employed.
- You get structure, protocols, a guideline! Oh yay for processes and process improvements.
- You get a peace of mind. You can wake up thinking, I am getting paid well, I’m working for a company who will take care of me while I put in my efforts to work for them to grow a business and to hopefully something wonderful will come out of it.
- Freedom to do what you love still. I can be employed, still doing what I love but for others, and it’s fine. There is no such thing as “that effort should be 100% for me because I don’t want to work for others” It’s a team effort to ship a product, create a campaign, or whatever your work is.
If you can do what you love and make a living then I absolutely support it! It was just not for me and it could be for you!
I’ve met a lot of passionate business owners who started their job and it was the best thing that’s happened to them! And I admire what they do and it’s indeed very inspiring!
Before you quit your job to be bold and daring, dig deep and understand what keeps you sane for a long period of time and not for just that brief moment.