I fell into freelancing a bit by accident. I moved to Sydney, Australia in October 2019 without a job. I knew I wanted to try run coaching on the side at least, but I also wanted to give myself 6 months to adjust to living in another country where I did not know a single person other than Kyle. We all know what happened in March of 2020. I felt a little lost. But slowly, I learned I could be an Endurance Athlete Coach and a Content Marketer from my little slice of the world — all on my own.
I love how Christie and Kristen brought my story together with my new website here: https://dalemarie.org/about
And here’s a snapshot of that ‘day-in-the-life’.
Here are 7 things I love about being a freelancer:
I suppose I could also list 7 things I don’t love about being a freelancer (maybe another day), but overall, I really enjoy working for myself. I like my day-to-day life a lot. It took me a while to get here, but I feel like I am in that next leap that I’ve been waiting for. Don’t worry I’ll probably have a day next month where I want to give up on everything again. It happens.
I would be remiss not to mention it has taken me over 2 years to build this business. My first 6 months of freelancing I made less than $3,000. I would not have been able to take this financial risk without help from my husband. I recognize the privilege I had to do this. Not having to worry about paying rent on time was a HUGE help in me being patient and taking some risks. Also, student loan payments being paused has helped a lot. I’m still not exactly where I want to be, but I finally feel like I am able to contribute again. I just want to share that if you also find yourself able to take a risk and work for yourself, it can be a very slow process. I do not know many freelancers or small business owners that matched their corporate income in their first or even second or third year. I’m sure it can be done, but this has never felt like a ‘quick’ win for me. I’m working on it.
I also want to say a thank you to everyone who has worked with me, referred me, or believed in me. I wouldn’t be doing what I love without the amazing support I have had. Thank you.