Wow, how amazing does it feel to quit a job because you are moving to Italy...well only amazing when you have a back up plan clearly. In preparation for moving and quitting full time work I have been trying out various freelance websites like peopleperhour.com, Upwork and Fiverr. I created profiles on all of them in the past few months to see what kind of work was available and for what kind of money. I am both impressed and surprised by the results!
I first put myself on Fiverr, this is an ok platform but my experience is that there is more spam and in general the contract values are really low given they are based on discrete ‘gigs’. I then came across peopleperhour, this was better in the sense that the jobs were better and the rates we better but there were not lots of them. For me there were maybe 5 - 10 potential jobs a week although many of them were not suitable as the rates were too low. Onto Upwork - I am laughing at this now but I think I tried to get approved on Upwork for maybe 10 - 12 months, I must have applied about 20 - 30 times by changing my profile etc. In December I was finally approved and this opened my world to really great opportunities!
Fast-forward to January I have 3 really interesting jobs for 10 - 20 hours a week each! Good hourly rates, no commuting and interesting work. This is why I decided to quit my actual job full time VP of Sales role, no more people management, politics and commuting. I feel a new sense of freedom and ownership of my life. I also realize I might have over committed myself by having three jobs, I am clearly still dazzled by money but I think this slow transition will be good for me. By the time May rolls around (when we are planning to actually sell the house) I hope to be down to two jobs and then come August I will say goodbye to all of them. It is scary to not earn any money because you fear you will not be able to start earning money again when you are ready but I think that this process has shown that it is possible. I hope when we are settled in Italy that I am ok with just having one job for 10 - 20 hours a week, I just need enough to have a nice life - I need to get the American mentality of EARN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE out of my system :)