Everyone knows that I’m making the switch. Big surprise, right? However, when I tell certain people that I am making the switch, I tend to get the crazy eyes. People usually think I am insane and/or don’t believe me.
I received much more resistance to my self-employment idea a couple of months ago, but lately everyone seems to be coming around. This of course makes me happier, but some of the things that people have told me just make me laugh. And that’s why I’m sharing everyone’s thoughts with you today.
Some think I’m making a huge mistake.
These people have no problem with telling me that they think I am making a huge mistake. I kind of understand where people are coming from. I have a stable job where I make decent money, and I am about to just throw it all away.
Also, I do have three finance related degrees, so I’m sure people are confused as to why I want to make the switch to freelancing. I don’t regret my degrees at all, and I am still 100% happy that I have them.
Some think I am just running away.
Certain people think that I am just running away from my job, which I just find hilarious! I’m not running away from problems at all.
Some think my plan is horrible and that I am acting like a child.
When I tell certain people my plan, they tend to think that I just want to freelance and enter the self-employment world because I’m being lazy and don’t want to act like an adult. UM HELLO?! Since when does working for yourself make you a baby?
Some people also ask me if I have thought about things such as taxes or insurance. Yes, I have thought about these. I would never just make the jump without researching and knowing as much as I can.
Some just think I am “lucky.”
When I tell certain people about my self-employment switch, they tell me that I am lucky and that it would be nice if they could just “do nothing” for the rest of their life. I do a lot! I’m not just sitting here for 5 minutes each day and calling it a day right after that.
Some don’t see it as sustainable.
I published my extra income post yesterday on Making Sense of Cents, and in it I stated that I made $11,117 in extra income in July. My income has been growing drastically each month. Just in the beginning of last year, I was making $0 in some months.
A couple of people who I have talked to have told me that my freelancing is not sustainable. Is anything extremely stable? Everyone should be growing and adjusting their skill set constantly, and this is what I plan on doing.
Also, we will still be saving a significant amount of money each month, and that will help us in months where I don’t do as great.
This is also why I am constantly working on diversifying my income. I want both active and passive income.
To calm everyone’s nerves:
I am not making a mistake. At least I don’t think I am. I think this is actually the best decision of my life. I am very excited and I cannot wait 🙂
I’m not running away. If anything, I am running towards a new start in my life.
My plan is almost 100% thought out, and I’m living my life. Yes, I could plan a little bit more probably, but I don’t think I’m making a life or death decision.
I have worked very hard, and am very grateful for everything that I have. Yes, I will have more free time, but that is only because I have been working 100 each week for YEARS now. I deserve some down time.
I will grow as the industry changes.
Have people ever looked at you crazy when you decided to change your career?
If you are on the financial independence route, how do people react when you tell them that?