When I made the decision to dive into freelancing, I was burdened with worry. Despite knowing that I wanted to be my own boss, work on my own schedule, and take on projects that I was truly passionate about, I’d heard so many things that made me think it wasn’t plausible for me.
If you’ve been on Medium for a reasonable amount of time, I’m sure you’re used to seeing the success stories. The platform is stuffed with stories of up-and-coming freelancers and established freelancers alike who are singing the praises of the lifestyle. How I Made $5,000 Dollars This Month Freelancing and How to Turn Your Side Hustle Into Your Full-Time Job are just a few of the types of stories you’ll see here. We all know the type. I’m even guilty of writing one such story myself.
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But as hopeful as these types of stories made me that I could possibly make this work and realize my dreams, I remained reluctant. As it turns out, there were some things I had heard about pursuing the freelancing lifestyle that (although they turned out to be nothing more than myths) kept me scared to make the jump.
If I could go back to the beginning of my freelancing journey, nearly 3 years ago, I’d start by telling myself that my worries were the product of myths.
While the freelancing life is far from a cakewalk, it isn’t what I thought it would be before I started. If I hadn’t been so afraid when I started out, I think I would’ve earned work more quickly and, frankly, made a lot more money. Who knows where I’d be today if I hadn’t let my first year of freelancing be filled with anxiety and worry that I’d fall flat on my face.
That’s why we need to debunk some of the most popular myths about freelancing.
If you’re thinking about becoming a freelancer but are allowing yourself to stay afraid because of…