How I Started Freelancing Part One
Ten years ago, I had my first job. I was working 6 days a week from 10 am to 10 pm in a mall as a sales assistant. I was 18 at that time and life was very difficult. Being a young adult with no higher education, I was resorted to working long hours just to get paid enough for rent, food and transportation.
It was the same Routine, every single day! I woke up at 6 am to get ready and had to be on my way to work by 7 am as the work place was quite far from home. At 10 pm, I would rush to the train station so that I would reach home by 11.30 pm. It was late night and I was too tired to do anything else other than sleep (to wake up at 6 am the next morning and to restart the same routine).
Eight months later, I was exhausted and wanted an exit, so I resigned.
A month later, I was working 6 days a week from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. It was a slight improvement considering I was able to get off work earlier than the previous job. However, it was also the same routine, every single day. I woke up at 6 am to get ready but this time the work place was nearer and I would leave home at 8 am. It sounded like a perfect job at that time, but something wasn’t right and I didn’t know exactly “what” wasn’t right (at that time).
A few months later, I resigned again. I was feeling “empty” and in search of something that I had no idea what it was at that time. After resignation, I took some time off in search of my “self” but it wasn’t easy because apparently soul searching wasn’t paying the bills, so once again I was on a job hunt and finally landed a job in a mall (again!) and I had to work 6 days a week AGAIN from 9 am to 9 pm. It was like a joke because I was trying to escape this type of job and working condition.
Life was not getting any better. I guess I just took any job that was available at that time because I had no choice. So again, I had to follow a routine that I hated, having to wake up at 6 am and going out at 7 am to catch a bus and a train in order to reach my new work place on time. (*sigh*)
After six months, I was really disappointed and I decided to take a hike (and never look back!).
Leap of Faith
With no income, I had the worst time of my life, borrowing from family and friends for food and rent. I was so desperate, I had to join the work force as soon as possible. This time I landed a part time job with a lawyer turned businessman. To be honest, I really have to thank him for hiring me. It was during my time with his company that I discovered my real passion, the “thing” I was searching for. After a few weeks with his company, I realised that I wanted to work for myself, to be my own boss. This is how I started with Freelancing.
Find out more in Part Two.
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