ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Transitioning From Full-Time to Freelance Work

Updated on June 3, 2021
easylearningweb profile image

Amelia is an Instructional Designer, eLearning Developer, and published author. She also loves creating educational and training videos.

Success Can Be Yours
Success Can Be Yours | Source
Pursuing Your Dream Job
Pursuing Your Dream Job | Source
Jobs and Employment
Jobs and Employment | Source

Pursuing Your Dream Job

Do you dream of leaving your secure, full-time job to pursue a job of your dreams, or possibly starting your own business? Does working freelance or in a contract job scare you or excite you?

In October, 2007, I decided to walk away from a secure, full-time job in IT in Health Care to pursue my dream of working as a freelance Instructional Designer and Technical Writer. I had been working in IT in Health Care environments for almost 20 years. While still working full-time and before I made the "big" change, I felt like I needed some help, so I bought the book, "Do What You Love for the Rest of Your Life: A Practical Guide to Career Change and Personal Renewal" by Bob Griffiths which pretty much changed my life. I read it religiously, taking notes, reading them over and over, completing every exercise in the book to help me assess my skills and set my goals. I was on a mission to move ahead and pursue my dream. I also remember saying more than once to a few close friends and my family that I wanted a job where I worked half the hours and make double the pay. Others who I talked to who moved into freelance or started their own business told me it was all possible. I believed in the law of attraction so by recited what I wanted, and I pictured myself already succeeding. I didn’t tell everyone under the sun about what I was doing and how I was pursuing my dream. Instead, I only shared my dreams with positive individuals who supported the idea of a major career change.

I remember reading about how it's important to have a transitional job, possibly a contract job to move towards first for some job security, while building up clients and moving towards freelance work. So that's just what I did. I searched for one and landed the contract job of my dreams, 15 min. from my house, flexible hours, and a higher hourly rate. The people there were the nicest bunch of people I ever worked with and they all loved to do what I loved to do. I never experienced that before. In other jobs, people weren't happy in their work and I craved to be around people who loved what they did and had a passion for it every day.

Tips When Transitioning to New Job

If you do decide to leave the security of your full-time job, here are a few things to remember along the way:

  • Surround yourself with positive people
  • Believe in yourself
  • See yourself succeeding
  • Save as much money as you can before and during the transition so you have a cushion of funds as you pursue your dreams
  • If you are carrying health insurance for yourself and other family members, research how much it would cost to switch and have another family member cover health insurance; if that’s not possible, look into health insurance plans online for freelance or contract workers.
  • Don’t look back, only look forward and picture yourself being successful and doing what you always wanted to do

Writing Ideas
Writing Ideas | Source

Working As a Freelancer – The First Year

The first year I worked almost full-time hours at the contract job, but the hours were very flexible, so I also took on other projects by joining an online freelance job website. I continue to receive projects from the first company I worked for as a contractor. I had two other steady clients, and to boost my income and fill in gaps, I sometimes looked for side projects on, and other freelance sites.

If things slowed down at times, I used any free time to write more and network online via Facebook and Linkedin. I absolutely love writing, and my dream would be to write some instructional books and some inspiring books and be very successful. As an Instructional Designer and Technical Writer, I enjoy writing instructions and creating training videos. Those are just 2 of my passions. I also love helping others. I think random acts of kindness are the most important thing a person can do to feel good. So as you are transitioning to a new freelance job or contract job, help others along the way. Consider starting a blog to share your story with others, or write how-to articles about topics you know a lot about.

Working From Home

When working as a freelancer or pursuing a contract position, you may have the opportunity to work from home vs. working onsite. Some freelance jobs allow you to work from home 100% of the time and some may require you to travel. And some may be a combination of the two. Working from a home office definitely has advantages, including freedom and flexible hours. If you work from home 100% of the time, the biggest adjustment is not seeing people in an office environment and not being face-to-face with people everyday. The ideal situation is if you have periodic onsite meetings but then the flexibility of working from your home office some of the time.

Recently, I had an offsite meeting at a large organization and on the way to the meeting room, there was a huge area that contained at least 50 cubicles. At that moment, I thought about how grateful I was to not have to report to a cubicle each and everyday, which I did for many years. Instead, I am able to work from home a large part of the time, minus traveling and periodic face-to-face meetings, and I can make time to go to the gym, take an afternoon off when I need to and have a wonderful view of my backyard instead of being in a cubicle or office with no windows.

Are You a Freelance Contractor?

Are you currently in a full-time job, freelance job or in a contract position?

See results

This is Only the Beginning

I will say that this is only the beginning for me and I have many other dreams that await me. By taking chances, taking new paths in life, working hard, and most of all, being positive and believing in yourself, you can have the freelance job (or jobs) of your dreams!

Please vote up if you like this article.

Successful and Happy Co-Workers
Successful and Happy Co-Workers | Source

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Amelia Griggs


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)