5 Freelance Experts Who Said No to their Jobs and are Making it Big!
By Arijit Banerjee
The world is coming together to make it happen for the army of freelancers. Better platforms to find work, better tools to collaborate and easier payment options are encouraging millennials to take up freelancing as a serious career option. The acceptance of freelancers as a credible asset is majorly seen in young organisations, bringing forth a shift in ideology that is in favour of every freelancer.
The perks of freelancing are evident; You can stay away from congested cities and have the time to pursue the hobbies you love. You even have the time to upskill by taking up various online courses like digital marketing courses or data analytics training. But quitting our full time jobs and taking the plunge is a move only few dare to make!
So if you are looking for a little inspiration to become your own boss, here are 5 inspiring stories of freelancer experts who are already blazing a trail.
1) Talia Koren
The decision to be a freelancer didn’t come as a choice to Talia Koren, a digital marketing consultant from New York, as she and her entire team were laid off at an organisation. Yet she went on and proved that it was the best thing that could’ve happened to her career.
A top rated freelance marketing consultant, she specializes in Instagram marketing and writing blogs. She also teaches how to cook healthy meals, loves snowboarding and hitting the road for long trips, something which only freelancing can allow.
2) Chris B
Striking a handsome 90% job success rate, one of the highest on Upwork, the popular freelancing platform, Chris B is a freelance digital marketer from U.K who is making it big in freelancing. He has eight years of industry experience and mints a good 50 dollars per hour.
He believes that freelancing lets him sets his own rules and timelines for the marketing projects he takes, and that he enjoys the work-life balance he’s able to strike because of a flexible professional life.
If you too would like to set your own rules someday, you can start off by enrolling into a digital marketing certification course or a Google digital marketing course.
3) Brittany Ann Cool
Counted amongst the top millennials who quit their job to start their own gig in U.S, Brittany at 21 is already making digital marketing content for brands like Alaska Airlines and Subaru.
She chose freelancing for the immense flexibility it offers. It was initially a rough ride for her but once she found her momentum there was no turning back. Her passion for photography and freelancing let her travel around the world and take great pictures and videos.
4) Justas Markus
Taking the plunge by quitting his bank job, Justas Markus has traveled more than 40 countries and cannot imagine working for anyone else. A freelance brand consultant by profession, Markus credits his choice of career for making his dream come true. The best part he says is you get to choose your own clients and develop great professional connections. Markus has worked for big brands like GoDaddy and Smashing Magazine.
5) Sorav Jain
Often freelancing can take you towards entrepreneurship too. A path Sorav followed starting off as a freelance content writer almost two decades ago. By achieving success as a freelancer, he gained the confidence to dream big. Today, he heads his own digital marketing agency echoVME, counted in the top Social Media Agencies in India. He has also penned down a book called Social Media for business.
The first step is the hardest.
Taking the first step is the hardest. For those who want to play safe, there are some safety measures like trying small projects first along with your full time job to see if you can do it. However, if you can upskill consistently and add good projects to your resume’, the sky is the limit!