When I tell people I’ve gone freelance, they keep asking me what my back-up plan is and the simple answer is: I don’t have one.
At first I was pretty worried. Should I have one? Should I have a pile of savings ready in case it all goes belly up? Should I have some job applications waiting in the wings? Conventional wisdom would say yes and conventional wisdom probably does have a point, but I haven’t subscribed to it. Instead I just went for it: quit my job, worked my notice and dived in head first.
Why aren’t I worried?
I’m not worried for a lot of reasons but here are the main ones:
- I’m good at what I do so I have confidence I will succeed. It might not be super quick but I will get there over the next few months.
- I have a lot of support. My husband, family, friends and colleagues have all been there for me with help, advice, referrals and kind words and that tells me that I can make being a freelancer work.
- People I’ve met over the last couple of months genuinely want to help and give me opportunities. I’ve not met one person who’s been horrible or unhelpful.
- I’ve got some exciting things on the horizon. Not everything can happen straight away and I know that I should stick with it because I have some fantastic things coming up with wehearttech in the near future as well as some collaborations with friends and former colleagues.
And the final reason?
I have to succeed. Not having a back-up plan means I have no other choice. I have to make this work and I damn well will.