There is nothing I loved more before making the leap out of the cubicle than hearing stories of real people who’ve done it themselves. In preparation for the launch of The LEAP Guide this month, and knowing how many of you dear readers are itchin’ to make the leap, I wanted to start interviewing people who’ve recently made the Leap to share with you.
Here’s the deal: sometimes, it can feel like it just isn’t possible.
How could you possibly leave behind the security of a salary?
Where will you get clients?
What if it doesn’t work out?
These are the kinds of questions you are likely asking yourself.
But the reality: Freedom IS possible.
I’ve done it.
My readers have done it.
And Ali Karukas has done it too.
Here’s her story:
When did you make the leap exactly and how does it feel?
I finally made the big leap in July 2014!
I can’t imagine going back to a 9-5 job and working for someone else – I love it.
What kind of freelancing do you do?
I’m a web designer and developer
How long have you been planning to make the leap?
Did you choose a quit date and how did you choose it?
Sort of, I had been living in Washington, DC for 3 years and wanted to move back to Boston, MA where my family and friends are. When I decided to make the move, I chose to put all my efforts into creating my business instead of looking for a 9-5 job.
In which ways did you plan/prepare for the transition?
- I would create websites for friends and family for free
- I talked to a business coach to help me find clarity with what I was doing
- I would tell everyone I met about my business so that people would refer their friends and family to me.
Did you have a savings or buffer fund? If so, how much?
Yes, of course. I had been saving money for awhile because I knew I eventually I wanted to start my own business and knew that I wouldn’t generate a lot of money the first couple of months. I saved about $6,000. This was enough for me to live on for 4 months if I didn’t generated any kind of income.
What was the hardest part of making the leap?
Knowing that I wasn’t going to make a steady income for awhile and I would have no benefits.
What’s the best part of finally freelancing full-time?
The best part of being a full-time freelancer is the flexibility. If I have a doctors appointment or a lunch date in town I don’t have to ask for permission. The only thing I have to do is make up the time later, which is ok by me.
What is your advice for others wanting to find freedom through freelancing?
Don’t wait until everything is perfect; just go for it. There is never going to be a perfect moment to make the big leap.
How did you celebrate?
I went out to dinner with my boyfriend and bought myself a new home office (desk, scanner, printer, dual screen monitor).
Ali Karukas is a freelance web designer and developer at AK Designs located in Boston, Massachusetts. She creates websites for clients who are helping to change the world by bringing enthusiasm, creativity and life-changing ideas to the web.
When she is not building websites she is empowering others to learn how to build their own site through her blog post and tutorials that she posts on her website & group on Facebook. To sign up for the free group go to: www.alikarukas.com
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