Finding a Job vs. Freelancing/Starting a Business

OMG! Have you tried to find a job lately? Because I have and it sure is one tough world out there!

I haven’t really talked about it on here much, but I don’t really LOVE my FT job. In fact, I even went so far as to begin seeking alternative employment earlier this year.

While I was job searching, I found a few positions that I thought would be great. But there was a problem with every single one of them. Either the pay and benefits were nowhere close to what I’m making now, or the job would require a cross-country move (which I also don’t have funds for right now). But even though they didn’t work out, it was nice to get back out there and find out that I still have marketable skills (including my BS-ing skill, which is great for interviews). 🙂

Thank Goodness for the Internet

Boy the internet sure has made looking a for a job way easier. With tons of different job search sites, one of which you can check out here, it is easier than ever to find a job. You can now look for a job without even leaving the comfort of your PJs and your couch!

Once you’ve found a job you want to apply for, you can usually submit your resume and application online too. Thank you technology!

Most of the places I recently applied for job through held phone interviews for their first round to narrow down the applicant pool, which means even that step could be completed without having to get dressed or leave the house. But, don’t forget you will have to put on pants clothes if you want to make a good impression at the second in-person interview.

What about Freelancing or Starting a Business?

Now, I’m pretty lucky that the skills I current possess can be utilized in lots of different fields, but that isn’t always the case for everyone. Some people with very specific skill sets are stuck looking for jobs in only field or geographical area. When those people can’t find work, maybe freelancing or starting a business is the way to go.

Finding the nerve to put yourself out there and start your freelancing (or other business) is definitely the scariest part. Self-doubt always creeps in when I don’t get an immediate response and this can be a business killer. But, thanks in large part to Melanie’s reminders, I’ve finally silenced that self-doubt and decided there’s plenty of fish in the sea freelance jobs to be had. I just have to find them and put myself out there.

So if you aren’t having success with finding a “traditional” job, why haven’t you thought about freelancing yet?

About Kayla

Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.


  1. my hubby is one of those geographically-challenged employees and he’s also very frustrated with his industry. He wants out, but his skills could be a tough sell to other markets. I’ve convinced him to turn to an online business and see where it goes. No harm in trying, especially if he doesn’t quit his day job!

  2. I’m right there with you! I go through phases where I really hate my job. During the summer I applied and applied for other jobs and never hear back, generally. I did go on a few interviews kind of here and there, but like you said, the pay was way lower than what I’m making now, so it really wasn’t wise to move forward with those. And then the end of the year came upon us and I decided to give up the search. I guess I’ll reassess after the new year. I’m trying to just be grateful that I have a job that pays pretty well, even if it’s not exactly my ideal.

    • That’s my situation too. Right now I’ve decided to stick it out while continuing to build my online freelance business. I’m still hoping I can quit my current FT job at some point though.

  3. I’d need to get a different certification to start freelancing in my field, but it’s actually one of my goals, whether I end up using it or not. The benefits might be the hardest part of working for someone else to leave behind.

    • I know what you mean. I’ve crunched some numbers and not only would I have to replace more than my take home pay due to taxes being higher, but I’d also have to account for retirement benefits, health benefits, and PTO. There’s also no paid sick days when you’re a freelancer… So many things to consider!

  4. Thanks for sharing my post! It is hard to find a job out there — I found one but it took a while. Then I made a bold move and left it, but I have no regrets. I get such a rewarding feeling from creating my own work. Keep up the freelancing, girl!

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