Chasing passive income and easy money fantasies is fun and all, but you eventually need to just shut up and work!
I hate to break it to you. Sometimes you just have to work. There’s no way around it.
The good news is that I promise you if you work and are consistent, you’ll see the results that you want. You can make more money, pay off your debt faster, and reach your lifestyle goals. Without putting in the work, there are no guarantees.
Where’s this coming from?
The biggest criticism with freelancing is that it’s not passive income. I get it. This is why I wanted to share a few stories with you.
Story #1: My personal story of being delusional.
Okay, I may have been delusional in the past. When I had time off from school, I knew that I wanted to start a business. I wanted to invest my money into something that would pay me. I wanted to be in business. That’s all I knew.
So what did I do? I searched the net for business ideas. I did this every single day for a few months. I researched and waited and so on.
In other words, I got nothing done.
It wasn’t until the end of 2008 that I finally launched my first blog and started writing. Then I quickly learned that you need to put the work in. Research is great, but what does it mean? You have to get yourself out there and start making moves. I wish I had started sooner.
Story #2: The young lady that always quits.
Do you have a friend that always has a problem? Like always? There’s always that one person that is never at ease.
I’m pretty easy going. I might get into the occasional confrontation, but I just couldn’t care.
I personally believe that you can’t just run if you hate your job. I know a young lady who texted me the other day:
“I finally quit. I can’t handle this place.”
I didn’t know how to react because she had just started the job a few weeks earlier. Is it really worth quitting a job within the first few weeks?
Instead of waiting it out, she quit. With no plan or anything. It was actually a great job, but she didn’t like the management. I totally get sticking up for your beliefs, but when you’re in your 20s, trying to build yourself up, you just have to put the work in. You can’t run away because of one disagreement with a boss.
The beauty of having a job is that you can take on free projects on the side. You can plan to quit. You can do so many things. You can’t just quit without a plan. If you quit without a plan, you have to scramble to find the next job. You might get desperate.
This friend always has a problem. They want to be an entrepreneur, but they can’t even hold a job down.
Here’s some news for you: you won’t like every client or every aspect of your business/freelancing career. What are you going to do? Run away? Close up shop because a client is too demanding? Unfortunately, you can’t do that if you want to be successful.
What should you get out of these stories?
You just have to put the work in. Be consistent. Be relentless. Chase after your goals. Don’t just dream about them. Don’t read useless quotes on Instagram.
You can’t be mad about the results you didn’t get, with the work you didn’t put in.
Put the work in and see what happens. I don’t want you to be homeless from freelancing, so always have a plan and don’t be afraid of work.