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275: Is freelancing sustainable as a long term career?




Hey there! Happy Monday! On today’s episode, I’m answering a question I get asked from time to time: Is freelancing sustainable as a long term career? Maybe you’re interested in the flexibility and freedom that comes along with freelancing, but you’re concerned about the stability and longevity of it. You’re wondering if freelancing is just a fad or a trend. Let’s dive in and chat about that! 

First, yes, you can sustain a freelance career for the long haul. You can sustain it, maintain it, and even grow it past your financial goals. The sky is the limit with freelancing. There is no ceiling. You can specialize in one specific skill set, become the expert of that sought after service, and charge whatever you like. I went from charging $20/hour to $75/hour. As long as there’s a demand, there’s no cap on what you can charge for your services.

There are so many businesses who need the support of freelancers. Just as an example, think of the your nearest shopping center. There are probably a handful of businesses in it. Chances are those businesses all need the same basic things. They need marketing help, bookkeeping help, admin help, copywriting help, web help, tech support, and on and on. There are so many things that those businesses need help with that they either don’t know how to do, don’t have the desire to learn it, or don’t have the time to do it. So instead of just staying stagnant, tons and tons of those businesses are hiring freelancers to help them. I used a local brick and mortar shopping center in that example, but that’s just one example. There are small businesses, corporate businesses, and online businesses all needing support.

As long as there are businesses, there is going to be a need and a demand for freelancers. It is not a fad. It is not a trend. It is not going to be replaced and nonexistent a few years down the road. Freelancing is here as long as there are businesses. (Forever!)

If you’re already freelancing or will be soon, there are a few tips to make sure you maintain longterm success.

1. Make sure you are investing in your retirement.

You can get something that is called a SEP IRA. You can meet with a financial planner and look at options and get that set up. As a business owner and freelancer, you can still contribute to your retirement on a monthly basis!

2. Be adaptable.

Things are going to change. Technology changes. What businesses are looking for and needing help with changes. Think about Pinterest! It came around when I was in college, and now it’s something business leverage and oftentimes get the support they need from a Pinterest Manager.

3. Focus on learning and staying up to date on trends.

The best thing to invest in is always going to be your knowledge. The more you learn, the more you increase your skill set, the more value you can bring to businesses, and ultimately, the more you can charge. And, your learning doesn’t always have to come from paid sources! YouTube, blogs, podcasts all are great resources for learning. 

If this was the one thing holding you back from taking the leap, getting started, and enrolling in the live free academy, just remember that freelancing is here to stay! The most hands on way that I can help you build your freelance business, get started, land clients, and quit your current job is through the Live Free Academy. LFA will walk you through the exact steps you need to build your business and land clients.

If you have any other questions, please reach out to me on Instagram @micala.quinn or email me at hello.micalaquinn.com.

In this episode, we cover:

  • The longevity of freelancing
  • The need and demand for freelancers
  • Three tips to maintain longterm success as a freelancer

You’ll love this episode if:

  • You’re wondering if freelancing sustainable as a long term career

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

  • There is a new 12 month payment plan option on the Live Free Academy. You can get started today for just $147! Check it out at go.micalaquinn.com
  • Head over to www.micalaquinn.com/shop to check out the new template shop!
  • Check out my free crash course on freelancing here!
  • Check out last week’s episode here!
  • Check out the new resources added to the website to help you kickstart your freelance journey! Check those out at: www.micalaquinn.com/resources
  • Connect with me on Instagram! @micala.quinn

  • New to the idea of freelancing? Learn more HERE.

  • Loving the show? It would be so helpful if you could write a review HERE! Thank you!
  • Enroll in the Live Free Academy HERE!

More about the Live Free Podcast with Micala Quinn:

How do I get started? What if I fail? Who will hire me? Is it really possible to create a consistent, full-time income from home?

Welcome to the Live Free Podcast with Micala Quinn where we will be answering these questions PLUS many more! Whether you’re just starting your freelance business (heck even if you don’t know what freelancing is yet) or you’re looking to scale, this podcast will give you tangible business advice along with inspiring interviews to help you create a life and career that works for YOU and YOUR family.

Your host, Micala Quinn, started out teaching high-school English, but when her first child was born, she immediately began searching for something more. She wanted a way to stay-at-home with her daughter (and future babies), but still needed to bring in a full-time income to help support her family. Micala started freelancing, quickly replaced her full-time income, and now helps other moms (like you) get started and grow their freelance business from scratch to 5K and beyond! She believes that being a working mom or a stay-at-home mom no longer needs to be a black and white decision. You CAN have both. On your terms!

Our motto is Mom Strong, Work Smart, and Live Free. Are you in? We’d love for you to join us each Monday, as well as in our Live Free Podcast Facebook community!

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