Freelance work can be very fulfilling. It allows you to make your own schedule and get paid for what you enjoy doing the most. Unfortunately, it can take a while before your business really takes off. During that time, you still have bills to pay and expenses to cover. One way to overcome this roadblock is to get a part time job in the meantime.
How to Get a Job
Actually, you need to know how to get two jobs. You need to apply to part time work and still leave time to get your freelance work. Search the internet, browse the newspaper, and ask family and friends if they have any leads. Once you have secured your part time position, you can focus the entire job hunt to bidding on freelance projects and making a name for yourself.
What Kind of Part Time Work is Best?
If possible, it would be best to find a part time job that is related to your freelance work. It may be easier to land the job if you have experience in the field. Also, if it is something you enjoy, you will enjoy going to work. However, if nothing in your area of interest or expertise is available, there are some other things you should consider.
- You don’t want a job that is going to be so exhausting that you are too tired to do your freelance work when you are not there.
- Find a job that is close to home so that you can save on commuting time and gas money. These can really add up and cut into your paycheck if you’re not careful.
- Don’t get “stuck.” Many people take jobs that they expect to be part time or just until they find something else, but they end up there for years. Do your job well, but don’t make it your life.
- If you feel comfortable enough with your boss, tell him or her about your plans. Make sure they know you will be dedicated and focused when you are on the clock, but you have other priorities in your life. This will also help so that they don’t find out some other way that you are doing other work and take it as a bad sign.
How to Balance Both?
The biggest challenge will be balancing both the freelancing and the part time job. To overcome this, you need to treat the freelancing like a full time, real job.
Just because you can make your own hours doesn’t mean you can procrastinate. Set actual hours for yourself and projects that need to be completed. If you don’t feel the pressure, things won’t get done. Knowing how to get a job or the work is one thing; actually doing it is another.
There will certainly be times where it seems like it is too difficult. Keep yourself moving forward by imagining your dream coming true. You may be stressing out about having this part time job, but it beats having to worry about whether you will be able to put food on the table. When this chapter of your life is over, you can look back with pride on how hard you worked to make it happen.
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