The past 5 years have been a whirlwind of two babies, a new house or 3 and a whole load of toddler tantrums, a few short term positions in different companies has seen me ready to give up the security of a regular salary and dive head first into freelance.  Not an easy decision and not an easy task as a parent who has mouths to feed and shoes to buy.  Don’t get me wrong, I have loved every (read 90%) minute of the past five years, there are so many things I will miss, all the challenges but ‘doing it for myself’ is a calling: it’s time to balance my needs with the needs of the family.

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I dabbled with freelancing in the past but missed the buzz of people and the feeling of being part of something with spark…but as time passed I realised the spark is me, and it’s back, FINALLY!

I started contacting some nice folks out there in the world of blogging  (thanks Paul Thomas Bell) who have given me great advice, I have secured me a few contracts and finally I am delighted that my inbox is not full of taunting ASOS emails (mama of two really needs that crop top) but actual work stuff, my work stuff.

Many companies present the dream and I believe they want to be that ideal: the flexible hours and a family friendly environments but having chatted to alot of friends and looking around a bit, the reality is, if you want true flexibility and to manage your work life balance as best possible, you need to go it alone.

The road is long, but I can’t wait.

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10 thoughts on “Out of the fire into the freelance

  1. Best of Luck Luci, I hear you. This is exactly why I set up a hybrid agency, available at 10pm at night for my clients, providing an exception service and have the flexibility of collecting kids and being “allowed” to be there for them when it counts.

    #mumsontherun
    #peachtreeproperty

  2. Congratulations Luciana!!! I am with you 100% on this. I went self employed nearly a year ago after the security of a regular income came to a halt after 9yrs service with redundancy. Best thing that ever happened to me. I feel alive! Yes it’s not easy, physically more demanding (great no need for a gym lol) income irregular etc, but I’m happier(family too) healthier and have much more satisfaction in my job than I’ve ever had, knowing I created it for myself! Best wishes for you on this amazing journey…Word Up!!! X

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