Once upon a time, I wasn’t a Sweetie, living off the money I earned through gigs. In the past, I have held jobs- sometimes for a few weeks, sometimes for years at a time, but they were never truly satisfying… and I always wondered if I was missing out on something by being stuck in an office for 40 hours a week.
I came upon this lifestyle slowly, but it began in college when a friend casually mentioned that he was paying his way through university with money he earned writing for a small magazine aimed at tabletop gamers. A lightbulb went off and I started to notice that there were other paths in life than the typical 9-to-5 one that everyone else seemed to be on. I made it my goal to one day work in a way that let me set my own schedule- and gigs seemed the way to do that.
Over the years, I honed my skills and abilities with little gigs, including mystery shopping, writing, selling handmade items, voice acting, and a variety of other little temporary cash-generators. As I got better at some, I shifted my schedule to dedicate more time to those things (and I let others slip to the wayside as I lost interest). By the time I was ready to take some time off for maternity leave in 2010, I was also ready to tell my employer that I wouldn’t be coming back after having the baby. I was living the gig lifestyle – so I didn’t need to leave my baby and go back to the workplace unless I wanted to. Even better, I’ve got enough different gigs that I can weather the inevitable changes in the economy without having to worry about being able to survive if my company goes under. (a common worry many of my friends have whenever a new round of layoffs or business closures comes along) Because I do a bunch of different things and am not tied to a single company I rely on for all of my income, I can simply shift my focus to one skill set or another if something drastic happens.
Obviously, not everyone wants to follow the full-time gig path, but I figured I’d share my story to show that it is, indeed, possible to do so. I know a lot of people think that you can’t survive without a full-time job and an official employer, but these days, that’s just not true anymore.
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