2019 was a great year for many reasons, but the best thing to come out the past year has got to be starting up my side hustle. Back in April, I heard about the website Fiverr.com, which is a platform through which freelancers can sell their services.
It took a few months of perseverance to get going with it, but I eventually started getting more orders. Now, coming up to a year into my writing career, I would recommend freelancing to anyone! Here are just a few reasons why you should make starting a side hustle one of your goals for 2020:
- Creating something by yourself and for yourself is so rewarding. As a very independent person, this is probably my favourite thing about freelancing. Aside from my blog, I don’t think I’ve ever done anything as fulfilling as setting up my Fiverr profile, adding work and tests to my portfolio and seeing my interest and orders increase. It’s so rewarding to set out and manifest something totally independently, and it really helps you realise what you’re truly capable of.
- Extra income. This is an obvious one and is especially useful for me as a student! My freelance writing doesn’t pay the bills and I certainly couldn’t live off that alone, but combined with my student loan and part-time job, it really does make a difference! Even if I earn £30 a week, that pays for my food shop each week and in the long run, it really adds up.
- It teaches you invaluable transferable skills. I can’t begin to tell you how much better I have got at things like time management since I started writing. Juggling Uni work, blogging and freelance writing does require careful planning and good use of my time, but it’s totally doable and has forced me (in the best way possible) to learn how to make the most of every single day.
- You can do something you love. For me, it’s writing. But when it comes to setting up a side hustle, the world really is your oyster. The great thing about doing something for yourself is that there aren’t really any rules. Think about what it is you love doing and go from there – you’ll be amazed at what you can create from just following your passion!
- Work when it suits you. Another perk of working for yourself is being able to pick and choose when you work. I personally took a few days off over Christmas, worked in between Christmas and New Year and then took a few more off for my birthday. There are 100% pros and cons to working for yourself, but being able to take time off whenever you fancy is definitely a perk!
Similarly to setting up my blog, starting my freelance writing career was something I put off doing for a while in fear of not being good at it. I think my main worry was that I would be providing a service for people who are paying, and that I wasn’t ‘up to standard’.
If this is the only thing holding you back, I would massively encourage you to just take the plunge and go for it. By no means am I perfect writer, and it still amazes me that people actually think my writing is worth paying their hard-earned money for. But one thing I’ve learnt about being a creative freelancer is that it actually isn’t about perfection. All you need is a skill that you’re willing and ready to keep developing, and a desire to work hard, make people happy and be disciplined with yourself and your time.
Starting a side-hustle has been incredible for me in so many ways – not only has it helped me financially, but it has taught me so many great transferable skills. So if you’re out there pondering over whether you should try to make some money from your passion – whatever that may be – go for it!
Also, if you’re struggling on where to start with it all – I would highly recommend using Fiverr! It has been absolutely incredible for me and provides you with everything you need to thrive as a freelancer. If you would like to join Fiverr, it would mean a lot if you used my referral link by clicking here!
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