If you are a mystery shopper, you’re an individual who prefers a bit of flexibility in their work day. Or at least someone who likes being able to determine your own schedule.
You are a freelancer. Or an independent contractor.
According to the Freelancers Union, 55 million Americans–35% of the workforce–have freelance careers. With combined estimated earnings of $1 trillion a year.
That’s no small change. You have a huge impact on our economy.
And, those numbers show you are not alone – although it may seem that way sometimes. However, there many ways to connect to others through your specific interests on line and in person.
Your corporate minded friends may look at you and think you lack ambition or focus.
But it’s really quite the opposite. When you work as an independent, you must be more focused and discipline. You must be self-motivated. And typically, you have to do everything yourself. Like making sure the printer has ink as well as being your own IT department.
You may not have a time to ‘report’ to work. But you have to get started at some point of your day. And the only one who will give you that kick in your pants is yourself.
Most days you have to be doing your work AND hustling for the next project. Whether it’s a mystery shopping assignment, a writing gig, or new people to sign up for the lessons you may be giving. Whatever you are doing – you need to continually market yourself to make sure the work funnel is filled.
No – it’s not 9 to 5. It’s not a corporate way of life or even a tradespersons way of life.
But it’s a good life.
The joy of being a freelancer is the ability to work at things you enjoy doing! Ideally, it doesn’t usually feel like work.
Mystery shopping is just one way to work as a freelancer or independent contractor. There are a host of other jobs that provide you with freedom and flexibility – yet allow you to earn real income.
This article from the Penny Hoarder lists 29 different ways to make money. And we are sure you can think of a few more.
Freelancing work is not for everyone. Especially since it involves managing your income closely. But those who excel at it reap deep rewards.
What are some of the advantages you have found in being a freelancer or independent contractor? Share below so others will learn!
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