I have been on-again, off-again and back on-again with self employment since late 2008. Getting started wasn’t easy (and I had no illusion that it would be). However here I am, nearly 18 months later and things are starting to look up.
As I wrote in my last blog, I landed a larger client and they are really helping make my self-employment venture a reality. Between all three of my current clients I am averaging about 12 hours/ week of work. I’d like to get that up to 20 -25 hours/week so I am still shopping around for more clients. The advantage of having more than one client is that not only do you have multiple revenue streams, but if one client decides not to renew a contract – you still have others to fall back on until you fill in that gap – something you can’t do if you’re just laid-off or fired from full-time employment.
For years I was scared of even considering self-employment because of, what felt like to me, lack of job security. Then I faced with the harsh reality in 2008, that there is no longer such a thing as “job security” anymore. However, as long as I can keep busy with 4-5 clients, self-employment now feels more secure than any full-time job.
Part of me still is tempted to pinch myself to see if I’m not dreaming – that I am actually self-employed. It is definitely a “dream come true.” I don’t know how long this dream will last, but I am going to enjoy it for as long as it does.
Who knows? I may even finally have time to write that book I’ve been meaning to. I certainly am not dreaming of becoming rich off of book sales, but it would be a personal accomplishment to be a published author. For now I will keep taking this one day at a time, and seeing how it goes.