All over the world, millions of people are stead depending on the Internet for making money. Many use this facility for making some extra money during their free hours, working as freelancers, while retaining their formal job. Likewise, stay at home moms, while taking care of the kids, can supplement the family income by doing some simple online work, like writing and data entry. Unemployed people can make good use of the Internet to take care of their personal expenses. There is an endless list of people who can exploit this medium and make a living.
But the point that needs serious consideration is if you should quit your day job to work as a fulltime freelancer. Is it worthwhile to devote all your time to online work and not to have any office job? Many freelancers may be facing this dilemma. The answer to such questions depends upon the individual’s circumstances, which vary from person to person.
Choosing to be a fulltime online worker may be among the best decisions that a professional can take. The advantages are many. You can plan your time and work within that. Your earnings are directly proportional to the time and effort you are willing to invest. Moreover, you won’t have a boss to report to, and that takes away the fear of losing your job. You are your own boss. You won’t have the compulsion of getting up early in the morning and commute to the workplace. You feel more independent. However, this independence may be short-lived if you fail to manage your time and resources.
There are quite a few things needing your consideration before you decide to be a fulltime freelancer. Yes, it’s good to be optimistic, but it’s wiser to be realistic. Despite the advantages it offers, the Internet is polluted with scams. You may find many websites promising to make you a millionaire in a short time. Many people get carried away by such offers and get robbed of their efforts and time. Nobody is going to pay you online unless you are dedicated to your work. You also need to consider your skills and your field of specialization. Every profession does not allow you to make sufficient money online for a decent living. How can a civil engineer earn enough money working as a fulltime online freelancer? Perhaps he could start a blog, but how will he draw traffic to his site that will help him make money?
It won’t be a very wise decision to give up your day job for online work without having tested the waters. Before you get into that, you must try some part-time jobs as a freelancer. You can work after your office hours and maybe on the weekends too, and keep track of your earnings while retaining your formal job. Once you start earning reasonably good money through an online job, whether it’s as a freelance writer, designer, a virtual assistance or any job for that matter, you may resign your present job. Don’t severe your relationship with your employer and make him understand, as you may need that job in the not so distant future!