Early in 2016, we (3 british fellows called Martin, Rob and Jamie) founded our own digital marketing agency called Trendjackers. It was always a longtime dream of ours and it felt like the right time for us to be embarking on the epic adventure!
However, we were still working full-time. As you can imagine, that made it extremely difficult to juggle our day jobs as well as setting up and managing our own business. There simply weren’t enough hours in the day!
Quickly, we found ourselves getting burned out before we had even begun, and with no pre-existing client base, portfolio or reputation for our company, we weren’t getting any work whatsoever.
Drastically, we needed a solution! With that in mind, we came to the conclusion that perhaps a freelance network would be ideal for us to get started. Thus, our search for the right one began.
Our freelance platform of choice? PeoplePerHour.
After much research, we decided that PeoplePerHour is the platform for us due to it’s ease of use and already present user-base. As there were 3 of us, we each decided to try a slightly different strategy in order to maximise our potential on the platform. You can read more about the strategies we used in this article on the Trendjackers blog.
Anyways, fast forward a few weeks and we were doing really well on PeoplePerHour! Much better than any of us had expected, that’s for sure. It was at this point that we began to realise that we could certainly earn enough through freelancing to leave our jobs, giving us with more time to also work on our business!
Around two months later, that’s exactly what we did. Each of us had built up enough recurring clients on PeoplePerHour to safely leave our jobs without compromising our living situations and thus, we handed in our resignations and for the first time in our lives, we called ourselves self-employed.
The uncharted waters of being self-employed.
It felt nerve-racking to leave the comforts of a 9-5. Nevertheless, the prospect of acquiring the freedom we desired made it worth it.
We now had an immense amount of time to spend freelancing and building our business. Initially, we were working from dawn until dusk in order to maximise our results, however we soon realised that some down-time is needed in order to recharge.
That leads onto one of the many great benefits of being self-employed; the ability to relax whenever you need it! We often take that part for granted these days, but being able to alleviate stress when needed is great.
We still use PeoplePerHour a year later.
It has been almost a year after we made the switch to being fully self-employed. We’ve had the pleasure of working with several high profile clients and collaborating on some truly inspiring projects, the likes of which we could only dream of a year ago.
Due to PeoplePerHour, our business has gone from strength to strength and is now thriving. These days, we tend purchase the services of other freelancers more often for various jobs relating to our business.
When you’re a seller on the platform, it’s easy to forget that you can cover your own weaknesses by purchasing from other sellers!
Looking to the future, we can see ourselves enlisting the services of other freelancers more often as our business expands and our priorities as co-founders shift.
Tips and advice.
We’d like to offer a few snippets of advice for those of you looking to break out of the 9-5 and become fully self-employed!
- Try to build solid relationships with all of your clients. When you eventually leave the safety of your job, every single recurring client counts. Especially when a bad month or two could leave you in a very uncomfortable situation.
- Secondly and in relation to the advice above, save up a few months worth (at least) of living expenses before handing in your notice. Bad month’s happen, and when they do, you want to be prepared for that financially.
- Lastly, try to get yourself into some kind of routine. For example, check your emails and respond to messages in the morning, work on projects in the afternoon and then relax in the evenings. Of course, saying this partially goes against one of the benefits of being self employed, but you don’t have to be too rigid with the schedule!
That’s it from us. We hope you found the above story and information to be helpful! If you’re making the move to becoming fully self-employed in the future, we truly wish you the best of luck! It’s a great experience and not one we regret whatsoever.
All the best,
Martin, Rob and Jamie of Trendjackers
About the Author:
Rob is a UK based digital marketer as well as being part of a creative team known as Trendjackers. He specialises in creating multimedia content to help brands to stand out online and works alongside a tightly-knit team of professionals in order to get the job done. You can find out more information about Rob over at the Trendjackers Marketing Blog: www.trendjackers.com/blog