What is financial freedom to you?

The definition of financial freedom is different for everyone. To me, financial freedom means you are in control of your finances and your life choices (:

Hi, I’m a freelance designer + developer, side hustler, and blogger behind Happier Freelancing. Learning how to make more money and spend it wisely allowed me to pay off my mortgage in 8 years, graduate college without student loans, and start my own business.

I worked 400 hours a month to meet deadlines in my early career. I had no personal life. And I thought that’s adulthood life. I had a stomach ulcer in my mid-twenties and I started to think about work-life balance at the time. Why do I sacrifice my health for money? Is this what I really want to do?

The answer was no. Therefore, I took action to change my life.

I went back to college at age 30. It wasn’t easy to earn a college degree while working full-time, but it was the best decision I’ve ever made.

When I went back to college, I already had multiple debts. I didn’t want to add another debt like student loans, so I’ve tested out different ways to make extra money. The supplemental income didn’t cover the full cost of college tuition, but it definitely helped me avoid getting into debt.

In the end, I made over $20k net income from a side hustle while working full-time and also earned a college degree without student loans. This experience changed the way I felt about my career and finance.

After graduating from college, I started my own business and left a full-time job. Since then, I’ve been freelancing and side hustling to maintain a reasonable living.

In 2021, I paid off my mortgage and became debt-free in my mid-30s. Woohoo! Now I’m focusing on three simple things to achieve financial independence:

About the blog

I started this blog to share what I’ve learned about freelancing and side hustling over the years, as well as to document my own journey towards financial freedom. I hope my experience and knowledge will help you out in some way.

As a freelancer, I’ve also created the ultimate list of tools & resources for future or current online entrepreneurs, small business owners, content creators, gig workers, etc. Some of them are free to use, and some of them are not free but super affordable tools/software. Tutorials for each software and service can be found here.

My Guest Appearances:

Please email me at happierfreelancing(at)gmail(dot)com if you have any questions, tips, suggestions, requests, and so on. All are appreciated (:

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