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Freelancing opens opportunities for single mothers: what to consider


The global financial crisis that occurred around a decade ago destroyed a lot of dreams but resulted in numerous doors opening as well.

For single mothers, being able to pursue a career without losing time with their children is one of those doors that have opened.

I started my freelancing career a little over ten years ago. Since then, I’ve gone out of my way to find single mothers just like myself. One of these courageous women I’ve been following for some time now is Jo Middleton.

Middleton’s story is an amazing one, to say the least. She is the founder and editor of Slummy Single Mummy, one of the UK’s top blogs dedicated to parenting.

Using Crowdfire, Middleton has built for herself a very successful freelancing career, resulting in her working with brands such as Nickelodeon, Cadbury, and Paramount Pictures.

Before becoming a freelance writer, she went to college and obtained a degree in economics. However, like many of us single mothers, she found little time for a full-time career while taking quality care of her children.

How should one go about choosing a freelancing career?

Choosing a freelancing career is more crucial to your success than choosing a career working for a company.

The reason why I chose to become a freelance writer is that I have always wanted to be a writer, and though I had no previous experience as a writer, I felt that my passion would drive me towards success.

This is how you should approach your decision: figure out what you love and learn more about it. If you have to go back to school to obtain the information needed to pursue your dream, then technology has made things a lot easier than a decade or so before.

There are thousands of online courses available ranging in price and duration. For example, you can obtain an online MBA degree in approximately 24 months. And there is a lot for a freelancer to do if they hold an MBA.

Some people have asked me whether or not having an MBA as a freelancer is necessary. My answer is always the same: you never know if freelancing will lead to a full-blown business.

If that is the case, you have to ask yourself a few questions:

  1. Are you looking to expand and grow?
  2. If you do expand and hire additional staff, do you know how to manage them?
  3. What do you know about leadership styles?
  4. What do you know about recruitment and hiring?

In addition to that, an MBA program gives one the opportunity to meet leaders in different industries. It also allows you to build relationships with peers who you can connect with later on. These are powerful tools to have when you venture out as a freelancer.

The future is here and that means it’s time to consider becoming a freelancer. Even if you have a job for a good company, you may have industry knowledge and expertise that could benefit you as a freelancer.

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