You may have toyed with the idea of doing online jobs. You may even have considered doing it full time and quitting your regular day job. But the question that is foremost on the minds of people considering doing online jobsis this: Is working online the right thing for me?
If you have considered working online and you are still employed at a day job, here’s a bit of advice: start slow. You can start doing online jobs as a side line, when you get off work, or when you have free time. This is a good time for you to start building your reputation. Start with one or two clients and get the feel of how it is to work online.
I warn you, though: once you start earning serious money online and you get a sense of fulfillment of what you do, you will be considering doing it full time. If and when you do, you may want to consider a few things first. After all, deciding to do an online job full time is a life-changing decision. In order to help you assess your situation and make the right decision, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I earn enough on my online job such that I can afford to quit my day job? More than anything else, finances should be one of the first things you should consider. Let’s face it, you cannot live on fulfillment and the sense of satisfaction alone, especially if you have a family to raise.
- Do I know how to manage my time? With online jobs, time management is key. You don’t go to an office and clock in a 9-5 job. You need to manage your time wisely.
- Are the skills and experience I possess enough to propel me into a successful online job? You need to assess the current skills set that you have and if there is a great demand for such online.
- If not, am I willing to study and learn to improve my skills set? Continuous learning and development is very important, not just for online work but for your career in general.
- Am I willing to be persistent in looking for clients and bidding for jobs online? Finding and keeping an online job is no walk in the park. You have to be persistent in looking for clients and jobs. You cannot give up after a few unsuccessful job applications. There will be a LOT of rejections and a LOT of frustrations. You just have to suck it up and go for the next one.
You may find the above questions thought-provoking and daunting. However, these are the realities in working an online job. And the sooner you get in touch with them, the sooner you will find the solutions to get over them and be on your way to making it big as an online freelancer.