Last Updated on July 7, 2020 by Camilla Gill
In 2016 I decided that no matter what I was going to find a way to work online to fund my travels. It’s been three years now and I often get asked, is freelancing worth it?
Three years later, I’m still freelancing and loving it.
And you know what?
You can totally do it too!
I went from earning $1400/month to earning over $4000/month! More than I ever earnt while working ‘normal’ jobs!
Freelancing and making money online could allow you to live a life as a digital nomad, travelling the world and answering only to yourself.
Let’s work out if freelancing is worth it and if it’s a good option for you too!
BUT, IS IT HARD TO WORK ONLINE?
Often, people ask me if it’s actually possible to earn money online.
The hardest part is getting started.
You can definitely become a freelancer if you decide to COMMIT to being a freelancer.
It took me 6 months of grind, 6 months of long days and sleepless nights before I finally felt confident that I would be able to earn a consistent income online.
If you’re the kind of person who starts a new hobby every month then maybe being self-employed isn’t for you.
There’s no room for quitters when you’re trying to make money online.
Truth be told, during the first six months, I quit twice.
A bad experience with a freelancing client led me to wonder if I wasn’t was cut out for the freelancing uncertainty.
But, after a few days crying, I picked myself up and got back on Upwork.
Looking for new clients and applying for freelancing gigs. I refused to quit.
WHY YOU CAN’T QUIT
When you’re starting out as a freelancer, YOU CAN NOT QUIT.
Even when it’s harrrrdddd and doesn’t feel worth it.
The dream of being a digiral nomad, free to travel the world far outweigh any downsides of freelancing.
Working a traditional job with a steady employer has its perks.
You have a buffer between you and any anger coming your way.
But if you’re reading this, then chances are you already someone with grit.
I promise that you making money online and being a freelancer is a possibility for you.
Success is the sum of lots of little achievements added up. And when asking yourself if freelancing is worth it, perserverance is a big factor.
If you really want to make freelancing worth it then you would be better off starting small along side your current employment.
Do something every day that will help you with your long term goals.
FREELANCING ON THE SIDE
This could be learning a new skill in your free time, like SEO or computer programming, digital marketing.
Or, if you already have a skill. Then you could be using your free time to build up a portfolio.
Picking up small freelance projects on the side with the eventual aim of quitting and working remotely as a freelancer.
Every hour you spend working on your goals is an hour closer to you making money online and being free of the 9-5.
The hardest part about working on your goals every day is self-discipline.
LOWER YOUR EXPECTATIONS
When you’ve been on a steady career track since you left University, you might be used to earning a decent salary.
HOWEVER, do you know what is hard?
Making millions of dollars online as a freelancer.
Most people working remotely as digital nomads aren’t making tens of thousands of dollars a month.
It took me a couple of years before I was earning what I considered to be a good salary (for me).
Being a freelancer or a digital nomad is not in any way synonymous with being rich.
You will probably need to accept a big cut in your salary for the first year at least.
The number one reason most people cite when wondering, is it hard to make money online in 2019, is a lack of online skills.
Really though, it’s not a lack of skills stopping people becoming freelancers, it’s a lack of research.
Perform a quick Google search and you will find there are multiple ways to work as a freelancer.
Working remotely is the future and with the advent of the internet, we are all able to learn anything we want for free.
Blogging is an excellent way to make money online and you don’t need computer skills to do it.
I have never had any formal computer education and I managed to build this blog all by myself.
CONCLUSION TO IS FREELANCING WORTH IT?
Choosing to quit the rat race and carve a new future is the scary first step towards making freelancing your full time gig.
Once you are committed to freelancing and making a living online then there is nothing stopping you.
There are a multitude of possibilities out there! Go after them!
My name is Phoebe and I started working online with ZERO freelancing skills. I succeeded though, making over $4000 a month. Now I teach others how to travel and work online too.