I write extensively about the freelance and gig market. I’m always looking at new angles and new opportunities for people to work off their own steam.
My primary motivation for this is my desire for financial freedom and freedom from the time constraints and demands that traditional employment brings.
What I mention a lot less however is th fact I’m still employed as well.
But what I’ve found a way to do is combine my freelance work with my employment so I’ve got a steady second income coming in whilst also keeping the stability of a permanent job.
I like to work this way for a number of reasons.
Firstly, I’ve got bill, like we all have. There’s a peace of mind that comes from a guaranteed income on the same day every month.
But on the other hand, it’s not enough for me. I don’t want to rest on my laurels.
I want to do my photography, m writing and my web design and findways to supplement my income through my hobbies.
But theres even more to it than that.
As well as a nice second income stream, I see it as future proofing myself.
If it all went wrong tomorrow and I lost my job, I’ve already got 2 or 3 other forms of income coming in. I would be able to survive.
Getting Prepared for the Gig Revolution…
Think of it this way. If you get yourself a couple of juicy side gigs – couple of skills like writing or language translation or Web design – you’re preparing yourself for the job apocalypse that may come. Or has arguably already started.
You’ll be ready to start your business full time and get ahead of the queue while others are scrambling about for those few permanent jobs that remain or to upskill themselves for the digital age.
And we know how hard it is to teach an old dog new tricks. It’s impossible, s the saying goes…
So where should I start?
That depends on a few different factors.
Firstly, what do you enjoy? If you already have a passion for photography or coding etc, then it seems a great place to start.
If not, then either try something that is either easy to do, or is going to have maximum potential earnings later down the years.
I’ve compiled a list of potential freelance jobs here, so check it out and see if there’s anything that appeals to you.
There are some easy ones Ianyone could do such as blogging and writing – but of course, practice makes perfect.
Or there are some more skilled jobs like accountancy that would require a professional qualification.
But there’s no reason you couldn’t pick that up in your spare time and once you’re qualified, that’s one of the ultimate freelance, self employed jobs.
You could do accounting from literally anywhere in the world. How good would that be?
So get stuck in. You don’t have to quit your job….. Yet.
But you can, and really should be earning that extra pocket money while upskilling and broadening your mind in the process.
But most of all, enjoy it! If you can find a way to earn a living doing something you enjoy you’ll never have to work again.