Working in your PJs: How to determine if freelancing is the right fit for you

Going from employee to contractor isn’t for everyone. Following this checklist to find out if you’re cut out for the task.

Are you comfortable being your own boss?

As a freelancer, you don’t have a boss breathing down your neck or coworkers to keep you motivated (or distract you, for that matter). Freelancing requires a healthy amount of self-discipline; if you don’t make the effort to acquire new clients and meet deadlines, you don’t get paid.

Are your finances are in order?

Before you put in your two-week notice, consider the state of your personal finances. Freelance work is often irregular and undependable, so it’s a good idea to keep a couple months’ worth of expenses stocked away until you’re settled into a rhythm.

Do you have initial clients lined up?

Every freelancer dreams of having a few steady clients that you can count on to provide you with constant work. You might not have this luxury right away, but it’s paramount to have some connections in place when you start.

Can you sell yourself?

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