If you’re currently working at a full-time job — knowing that you were meant for something else but not knowing where to begin — I get it, because I was there not too long ago!
While every journey is different and there is no perfect path, I do believe that there are steps you can take to avoid feeling under prepared or overwhelmed when making the leap into owning your own business. So, friends, I wanted to share some tips on how I made a seamless transition from working the 9-5 to following my dream.
Start out as a side hustle to prove your passion works.
Over a span of 2 years, I began taking on side projects to refine my process, gain experience, grow my visibility, and establish my brand. So by the time I made the transition, I was a seasoned freelance designer with confidence in the work and experience I provide each client.
Create social accounts and share your work like it’s your full-time job.
Sharing my work and style online has been key in attracting my ideal audience (and clients) and Tiktok was largely the reason I was able to make the transition when I did. I created a dedicated space where I consistently share my process, personality, and services — and that’s been my primary source of steady client leads.
Save save save.
I saved up about 6 months of living expenses and having that safety net has given me a peace of mind to truly be able to focus on the work in front of me.
Have projects lined up before you quit your 9-5.
One of the biggest reasons I felt confident when I started full-time freelance was because I had work lined up and waiting for me to dive in.
Give yourself a timeline.
The idea of being my own boss full-time didn’t become real until I gave myself a deadline. Once I put a date on my goals, it created accountability and a definitive date to work towards.
Making the transition doesn’t have to be scary or overwhelming stressful if you are strategic and take your time. Be intentional, be prepared, and you won’t regret it. Because fully trusting in the power of your dream and following your passion is one of the most freeing and rewarding experiences.