Made With Love: From Full-Time, To Freelance And Back Again

From Full-Time To Freelance

Back in July, I made the scary decision to quit my full-time job in pursuit of freelance work, building my brand and business, and figuring out just what I wanted to do with my life.

If you’re a frequent reader of Florals & Teacups, you know that I love crafts. I never really thought that crafting would be a viable and stable career path for me. I love to make crafts, but I don’t have one particular thing I’m really good at. When I realized that I had a passion for sharing these crafts with others, I started hosting craft workshops around the Toronto area. This was 2016, and since I have hosted many successful workshops.

But, I have also hosted several not-so-successful workshops. That meaning, there were often times where I didn’t sell as many tickets as I had wanted to sell. There were a few canceled workshops, a few workshops with smaller groups, and many days of uncertainty.

And, all this happened after I had quit my full-time job, excited to host these workshops and give it my all. It was difficult to have these fallbacks so soon after quitting my job, but I was lucky enough to find a few freelance contracts soon after to help supplement my workshops and blog.

Despite not selling out every workshop, despite some monetary uncertainty, and despite still being unsure about exactly what I wanted, I was finally happy with my day-to-day life, and that I was creating every day. I was finally seeing crafting as a viable career path for me.

About two weeks after I started freelancing and working on Florals & Teacups full-time, I came across a job posting that stopped me in my tracks. It was the Digital Editor of a craft and lifestyle website, and I felt like it was my dream job. So, even though I was happy exploring my own path when I saw this role, I just had to apply.

After two months, four interviews, two vacations I took while waiting for the news, I was finally told that I did not have the journalism background the executives wanted, even though I blew everyone away during the interview process with my creativity and excitement about the role.

I had spent those two months not giving freelancing my full attention because I was so interested in this opportunity. It was difficult to give my business everything it deserved while I was distracted by the potential of a dream job waiting for me down the road.

When the news finally came, it was late October, and I was ready to jump all-in on my blog, my business, and my growing brand.

Until the next dream job came around.

And Back Again.

When we returned back from Japan, I had gotten the news that I would not be offered the dream job that I had spent the previous two months dreaming about. So, when I got home I was determined to really push my business forward. I had set up several workshops for October-December, and things were looking very promising.

But, when I got home, I now found myself looking at job postings more frequently, maybe my dream job was still out there. I was convinced that if there was once opportunity, there had to be others, and I wasn’t wrong.

When I saw the role of DIY Writer for Diply, my heart went crazy. Turns out, another dream role was presented itself less than two weeks after the other one left. Having been in contact with the Diply HR team for a while now, I immediately emailed my interest.

The process was overall, very quick. By late October I had applied and by early-November I had an interview set up.

After my in-person interview with the hiring manager, I felt really good about the role, the company and what my place would be within it.

But, I had literally just decided to make a huge change to my brand, my business, and my blog. I was confident in the change, I was excited about its future, and I couldn’t wait to share it with everyone.

Then, I got the full-time offer at Diply. I immediately knew I wanted to accept it. But, I wondered, what would people think of me going back to full-time work so soon. Was I a failure for “giving up” after three months?

I’ll definitely go into more about what I define as a failure, and why this decision was so hard for me another time, but today I want to thank my friends for their advise the whole way through. No one thought I was a failure, no one asked me if I’d be giving up my business, it was an obvious no to everyone who knew me. I was going to maintain a full-time job, and a side hustle, I was going to kill it.

It’s been two weeks, and it’s been a huge adjustment, despite the fact that I’ve done this before. Having gotten into a routine for the last three months, having workshops and events booked in December before I decided to take on the full-time job, it’s been difficult to balance it all. But, I’m more than confident I can do it.

It’s been a year since I started hosting craft workshops, and I’m showing no signs of slowing down. I’ve got lots of changes coming our way in 2018, and I know it’s going to be the best year yet.

You’ll have to stay tuned for what’s the come. But I’ll give you a hint, keep an eye open for Handmade Jungle on social media to see what’s coming next.