The internet is increasingly becoming a major source of income for millions of people from different parts of the world. Many telecommuters started off as part timers, only freelancing at their spare time for an extra buck but at the same time retain an 8-5 job. Mothers can stay at home and take care of their kids but at the same time compliment to the family’s food basket through simple online work like data entry and writing. Jobless youths can exploit the unlimited number of opportunities on the internet to fend for themselves. The list of who can benefit on the internet is endless.
The main area of concern however is, when is it right to quit your current job and become a fulltime freelancer? Is it really reasonable to fully channel your energies to online work and not in an office environment? There are more questions that many freelancers strive to find appropriate answers to. To succeed online depends on how conclusive these questions are answered. The answers to these questions vary from one person to another as situations aren’t the same.
Deciding to become a fulltime online worker can be one of the best decisions any professional can make. You can plan your time well and work only if you can. Furthermore, your earning potential is pegged on how much time and effort you put into the online job. Also, you don’t have to worry about a boss you don’t like always being on “your case” and feeling threatened of losing your job. You forget about waking up early in the morning and enduring the long traffic jam on the way to work. The word is independent, you really earn it. However, this independence may end up being short lived if you don’t plan your time and resources well.
Before becoming a fulltime freelancer, there are so many considerations that you must mirror on. It is OK to be optimistic but it is of great importance being realistic. Don’t be cheated by online work websites that claim to have the potential to make millionaires overnight, this is miles away from the truth. The fact is, the only get rich quick scheme that works is robbing a bank! Online, you have to work for every penny. Furthermore, what is your area of specialization? Not every profession can be monetized online. Tell me, how will you make money as a fulltime online civil engineer? Yes, you can start a blog and write about that, but who is your audience?
It is unwise to quit your job for online work if you have never tested the waters. Before plunging fully into online work, you should try out some part time online freelancing. You can work in the evenings and weekends and watch the returns while holding onto your fulltime job. Once you start realizing reasonable returns from online work, be it freelance writing, design, marketing, virtual assistance, or any other job on the internet, you can carefully and reasonably draft your resignation letter. Caution: leave the office in good faith and make your boss understand, as you never know when you might need the job.
Quitting a fulltime offline job for online work may not be an easy decision to make. It can only be right if you have done sufficient ground work, you have a long term plan for your online business and you are convinced it is the best thing to do then. Don’t you ever leave your work because someone else left and now drives the best car around, you may be disappointed!
Lee is an experienced and competent writer, especially in business related niches. His articles are opinionated, informative and at times controversial. His honest approach is designed to assist the reader make informed decisions on areas very important to our daily lives.