Time Has Value, Too

At the beginning of the month, I’m quitting my day job to become a full time creative. This is a long time coming. I don’t know what’s in store for me, but at this point, I feel like it’s the right decision. The way I spend my time is important, and my day job takes away from what I could be doing.

Of course, now I won’t have a regular income. So, what am I going to do about that? 

For starters, I have been saving up for a while, so I have a buffer. My finances will definitely be taken into consideration whenever I make an important decision about my time. But that won’t be the only consideration, nor will it be at the top of the list. Money can’t be the only thing that guides my decisions. I realize that there will be a significant amount of time in which I will be making little to no money at all. That’s okay.

I’ve reached a point in my life where my time is more valuable than money.

If I fall below a certain threshold in my bank account, that’s how I’ll know it’s time to start looking for another day job. 

However, in the meantime, my primary focus will be on sharpening the tool set, refining my skills, learning new things, and spending time with the ones I love.

I don’t quite have a concrete plan set in motion. I have a somewhat vague direction I’m heading in and a few projects I will focus on, with the hope that one of them may one day bring in some amount of revenue. I realize this is a bit of a gamble, but like I said, if my bank account falls below a certain threshold, I’ll get another day job, and I’ll be in pretty much the same place I am now…except for the key difference that my skills will be a lot sharper. 

And maybe I’ll even get a gig that I somewhat enjoy and am good at.

Anyway, I’m not super concerned about that yet.

The possibilities are endless at this point. I’m just going to move forward, and try to optimize my time.

I want to see how far I can take these projects, and no time like the present.

I anticipate a rough journey, but at least I have goals to aim for.

And I have people to support me, so I’m not alone.

I’m just giving my creativity the chance I’ve never really been able to before. My day jobs have always used up too much of my time, not to mention physical and mental energy, so my creativity has always been left with the scraps.

I know the day job isn’t the only thing to blame. The other key problem was that I was never disciplined enough to develop routines for my creativity…until I started writing, that is.

But, now that I have, I see how important my time is. If I don’t spend the time doing the thing, the thing won’t get done.

So, that’s where I’m at this week.

Anyway, I’ll leave you with this:

Is your time more valuable than money?

5 thoughts on “Time Has Value, Too

  1. You’ve already done the one thing most aspiring freelancers fail to do: You saved up before taking the plunge! I did the same about ten years ago, and going full-time as a freelancer never would have worked out for me if I didn’t build up my own safety net before making such a serious commitment. Good luck to you, and congrats on the new journey!

  2. Good luck with your future projects!

    Making that decision to move on is the hardest part when in a positionnof comfort (can relate!)

    Having the financial buffer will be a great way to support you as you move into your new role.

  3. Thank you! And thanks for the comment. I didn’t figure anyone was really reading, ha ha! My main focus at the moment is establishing a regular website writing routine, so I’ve just been writing whatever comes to mind. It’s a good way to learn things!

  4. Keep in mind, my blog is just a place where I can write whatever I want, and not worry about client expectations! If I can spin books for sale or get new clients there, then all the better. As far as my experience goes with freelance, it’s been mostly good with only a couple of serious dry spells over the last ten years. Here’s a few tips: We’re unemployed every time we finish a project, so the best way to make things happen is by always having projects that overlap. Set up a legal entity and get your taxes in order. Don’t spend too much on marketing. Price according to your needs, not by “market prices.” Make sure you ALWAYS save a portion of your earnings for retirement. Follow your instinct!

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