Pardon while I go MIA for a few days.  I’ll be back soon, I promise!  In the meantime, please enjoy this guest post from Alexa at SingleMomsIncome.com.

As a Club Thrifty enthusiast, you’re probably drawn in by the allure of freelance writing. Especially, since Holly totally rocks at it. I’ll admit, sometimes she makes it seem like earning a high income each month is easy.  Well, it’s not.

While Holly is now making a good living as a freelance writer, she has paid her dues and put in a ton of hard work. And, now that I am in situation similar to where she was months ago, working a day job, freelancing, and on the verge of exhaustion, I respect and admire her for what she has accomplished today.

So, if you want to get started with freelancing or have the idea that the freelance life is all fun and glamour, I want to give you a sneak peek into what it really takes.

You Have to Work Your Ass Off

When I first decided I want to get started freelance writing, I was clueless as to how to get jobs. I spent hours upon hours experimenting with different marketing strategies until I found out what worked. At this stage, almost all of my time was spent just trying to get jobs.

Once I landed my first couple of gigs a ripple effect took place. All of a sudden, I started getting job after job.   Now I am pretty much booked solid.

It will take you a lot of time, trial, and error before you can build your freelance job pool up enough to amount to anything. You have to be willing to put in a lot of unpaid initial work.

You Have to Make Sacrifices

Freelance careers take to time to build up. That means you have to keep your day job at first and freelance on the side. Since a regular 9-5 takes up so much of your time, you’ll have to spend your “free time” working.

Lately, I have worked at least twelve to sixteen hours almost every day of the week. Since I don’t want to go full-time freelancing without having a rock solid emergency fund, this is a sacrifice I have to make. Luckily, it’s only temporary.

In order to become successful, you are going to have to give up at least a portion of your social life, free time, and sleep. Once you build up an adequate savings buffer and a steady supply of work, you can plan your full-time freelance date.

You Have to Have Faith

Perhaps the hardest part about making the switch to self-employment is having the faith that you will be able to survive on your freelance income. You need to be confident that if you were to lose one or two gigs that you’d be able to replace them relatively quickly. You also need to have the funds to carry you over until you do find more work.

This is probably the hardest part for me. But since I almost have the $10,000 buffer I wanted before quitting my day job, I have to find my faith. And, as Holly has told me a couple of times once I make the switch, I will have more time to devote to freelancing and therefore be able to earn more money.

I should be a full-time freelance within the next two months. This is scary and exciting at the same time.

Do You Have What it Takes?

Freelancing is not all puppies and rainbows. It’s hard work that requires you to make a lot of sacrifices -especially in the beginning. While freelancing can be very lucrative and fun, it takes a while before you can call it a career.

What do you think? Do you want to be a freelancer? What else does it take to be a full time freelancer?

Alexa is a freelance writer and blogger. She chronicles her journey as a single mother trying to make it big at Single Moms Income.