8 months ago, I quit my full time job and decided to freelance.
I was very nervous to quit, but needed a change because Martin and I were each commuting far distances in opposite directions. We were too stressed out and spending a small fortune on gas and train passes.
The intent was that we would move close enough to Martin’s job so that he could bike to work, and I would freelance from home or at a nearby co-working space.
Making this move instantly saved us 400 EUR per month! I can’t even believe we spent that much without even realizing it, because we already lived very simply and prided ourselves on being frugal. Best of all, we save TIME and our quality of life has increased substantially.
Freelancing has given me so much freedom in mind and location. I no longer think about work as something I have to do, but something I want to do and choose to do. I say yes to jobs I want to do, and no to jobs I don’t want to do. It’s all up to me!
Yes if I have a slow or lazy day, I won’t make much money. But if I have a productive day, my billable hours rack up.
Freelancing is also what gives me the confidence to chase my dreams of living a nomadic life before retiring.
We were planning to retire in about 6 years at age 40, and then go nomadic. But why wait 6 years when we can do it in 6 months?!?!
I’m not a very risky person, and I don’t really want to put myself in any more situations that leave me broke (been there, done that!). But now that I have 4 clients and am getting into the freelancing groove, it’s starting to feel like a viable and sustainable option.
Which is pretty wow, in my opinion! Just from switching my relationship with my old job, and being flexible with our location and lifestyle.
The worst case scenario would be that all my clients dry up when I move to Asia. One client, who runs a very German company, is apprehensive about working with me through time zones, and was disappointed when I told her we’d likely be moving. But, I can’t let that deter me from doing what I want to do. If someone wants to work with me, they will. Time zones are not a big deal in this day and age.
The goal is to try new things and become more entrepreneurial in our approach to earning money, and practice an abundance mindset. People may find us foolish, but the important thing is that we forge ahead and aren’t being held back by preconceived obstacles! Life is too short for that.