Note: this is an update to an article I wrote in 2010, when I went from college to full time freelance. I started freelancing all the way back in 2002, when my church came to me looking for a website. As a junior in high school, I used Frontpage, and GMail had yet to grace me with it’s presence. And this seemed like a really good opportunity for me to run the business I always wanted. I freelanced all through high school and college. It was at the end of my senior year in 2007 that I realized I wanted to keep doing it. So I went to grad school to learn more about my trade, and better prepare myself full time freelancer. I stuck with it for a time but sought full time employment for 6 years before coming back to self-employment. So what does it take to transition to full time freelancing (from school or employment)? Let me tell you what I’ve learned. Be Financially Ready First and foremost, you need to have money saved. This is for the slow times, the extra bills you will likely incur, and tax time. I recommend starting as early as possible and putting as much as you can in an interest bearing account. I had 6 months income in savings I could draw from. And I needed it! Less
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