Agreed — very sound advice! And another bit of advice that I’ve heard hundreds of times and found to be true: diversify your gigs & side hustles!!

After leaving my primary job of 16 years (work that had defined my identify), because I’d diversified my income streams early on, and continued adding new gigs throughout the pandemic, I’ve thrived financially. Depending on the month, I’ve tripled or quadrupled my income.

Yes, it’s not easy to juggle a mix of white- and blue-collar jobs. Yes, it took me months/years to achieve the rating and reputation that earns me new clients. Yes, constantly switching between 8–12 income sources requires the ability to pivot, adapt, and innovate.

However, it proves what Tim D said: because I am only doing the work I choose, I continue to have the freedom of increased choices.

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