“Go big, or go home.” It’s a common sentiment in sports, and the mentality can be applied to just about anything you do. Especially in your career, you can’t afford to do things modestly. Particularly when you’re self-employed, you have to motivate yourself to “go big” because no one else cares as much as you do about your success. No one’s going to be particularly upset if you “go home,” unless it’s a client in the middle of a job, of course. If you currently do, or want to do, freelance work, you have to put everything you’ve got into it. If you’re only going to freelance part-time, you shouldn’t even bother, and here’s why.
Part-Time Work, Full-Time Stress
Freelancing isn’t something you can do for just an hour or two a week. Whatever job you do will almost certainly require more time than that. If you’re working part-time, you have to do your freelance work after you’ve done your primary job and taken care of your personal responsibilities. You have very little free time already, so finding a way to do freelance work is only going to give you added stress and pressure. You might only be freelancing part-time, but you’ll feel just as much stress as with a full-time position. You still have to put as much effort into freelancing as you do with your main job.
Making the Extra Effort
Because you’re putting so much extra effort into your part-time freelance work, it’s going to take on more importance than you’d expect from a side gig. You’re working hard to please your clients in the hours you are actively working, and you will inevitably find yourself worrying about your freelance work during your off hours, too. Since you’re putting all this concentration into your work, why don’t you just make it a full-time gig? If you don’t, you’ll be putting in close to full-time effort for part-time pay. Why don’t you just raise the stakes and go all in?
Quality of Service
Another thing to consider is the quality of the services you can offer your clients when you’re only working part-time. Are you giving them less than you would if you had more time to devote to them and their projects? You’re only doing a disservice to your clients and yourself by limiting your freelance work to part-time. With part-time work, you have a primary job that will take precedence over your freelancing. If something unexpected comes up, your freelance work clients are going to suffer, and you may be unable to deliver what you promised.
The Bottom Line
When it comes down to it, you need to make a stronger commitment to freelance work or abandon it altogether. You’re going to have to decide what is more important to you – your conventional job or your freelancing work. Until you do, you’re cheating them both. It’s time to pick one and stick with it, not continue to split your efforts between both.
Alexandra Kelly is a school teacher and dedicated mother who loves to travel when she gets the chance. This summer her family is getting the trip of a lifetime when they travel to South Africa with a trip booked through One and Only, Cape Town. She cannot believe how lucky she is to be able to experience some of Cape Town’s luxury accomodations.