Don't Settle for "Good Enough": Should You be a Freelancer? Take the Test!

I’ve been talking to a lot of creatives lately about what they do and do not like about their “day jobs” and whether or not they’d like to go freelance full-time.

Something surprises me each time I hear their responses. Their thoughts tend to start like this:

“I don’t hate my day job, I just…”

“My day job isn’t really that bad, buutttt…..”

“There are lots of things I love, it’s just that….”

It’s great to hear that people aren’t miserable and generally see the positive side of their situation or career. But there is a flip-side to this “not so bad” coin. It makes it too easy to settle. Here’s the problem with “good enough”: It doesn’t last.

And while you’re coasting by, focusing on only the positive stuff and ignoring the downsides, not taking action to fix them, your life is passing you by.

You’re denying yourself a lot of better stuff.

Projects that inspire you.

Colleagues and friendships that challenge you.

Income that you control.

Flexibility on how you spend 40 hours a week.

So what are you going to do about it?

I challenge you to take the freelance test, make a list of every aspect of your professional life and rate how you feel about each from 1 to 3:

1 = Great
2 = Good enough
3 = Horrible

Here’s some examples for your list:

  • The projects I work on
  • My co-workers
  • My bosses
  • Respect I receive for the work I do
  • Time spent away from family
  • Vacation time
  • Commute
  • Work environment
  • Clients I work with
  • Inspiration on Monday mornings
  • Motivation on Monday mornings

How’d you do?

Lots of 1’s or too many 2’s and 3’s? Here’s the truth: You can have all 1’s.

It’s just a matter of recognizing where you need them and taking active steps to change them. Otherwise, it’s too easy to be complacent.

Although freelance isn't the only solution, if you took this test then I suspect you may think it can help you be happier with your life! If you're not already a small business owner and are thinking about taking the plunge, remember that there are many freelance groups and opportunities waiting for you!

Once you recognize that you are settling for “good enough”, it’s time to take action and plan your leap into full-time freelancing. It may be tough, or maybe even impossible for your current situation, but at least you know that you have the personality and the drive to do it!

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