girlapaloo wrote:Lena, even though what I do right now is sort of remote, it's still from a traditional work environment.
One day I really hope to find a way to work for myself. I'm not feeling prepared or brave enough to make that jump.
I feel you on this so hard. I had a talk with myself when I finished grad school in June: Would I get a teaching job or whatever like the rest of my friends or go with the momentum and see where independent consulting and startup life would take me? The choice is easy, of course, when the money is coming in, but it's risky, no doubt. However, it seems that in order to minimize risk, it's smart to start slow. Maintain a stable job, but find ways to free up time in order to cultivate freelance work. Eventually, the hope is that freelance work will be robust and dependable enough to drop to part-time or eliminate the day-job altogether.
Literally, every day for the past 3 months I've been asking myself whether this is the time to lean the fuck in, or nah? My gut says yes–go for it–but to do that I have to focus on minimizing my costs and stacking cash so that I can afford a security blanket if/when there's a lull in contracts. But who knows, I may be singing a different tune come January...I suspect I'll look for part-time work that offers full benefits (in academia) starting in the new year in order to have stable income etc., which is more necessary than ever since my student loans are basically mortgage payments .... UGH. Fuck. Adulting.
I think it's worth asking yourself, what will it take for you to make the jump and find the bravery to take a chance on yourself? Have you thought more about it?