Escape from 9 to 5: Julia’s Odyssey to Work Freedom with The Accelerator

Commuting through Buenos Aires in the mornings was a real nightmare. Between protests, roadblocks, and infernal traffic, getting to work on time had become a daily feat. Living in San Miguel and working in the city center cost me up to two hours of travel.

Every minute of delay meant a deduction from my paycheck, and at the end of the month, the money barely made ends meet. Between debts and mortgage payments, my financial situation was a mess. I felt trapped in a job I never wanted, living a life that didn’t belong to me.

Since I was a child, writing was my thing. In school, I excelled in poetry, and in college, although my parents pushed me towards administration, I snuck into journalism classes. But that night, sleepless and desperate for a way out, I stumbled upon something that seemed like a light at the end of the tunnel: Workana and its The Accelerator program. Without much thought, I woke up my mom and asked her for a loan to sign up. «Mom, this could be the way out,» I told her, and she, who always saw me write, didn’t hesitate for a second to support me.

A Radical Change

The Accelerator was like opening a window in a room without air. Suddenly, I found myself learning about how to live off freelancing, how to manage clients and projects from home. The support came not only from the mentors but also from the Discord group of the program. There I found people who, like me, were looking to reinvent themselves. Between advice and words of encouragement, each session was a breath of inspiration.

I’m not going to lie, the fear of leaving my stable job, even though I hated it, was huge. But the advice I received in The Accelerator was key. Here are five that helped me take the plunge:

  • Security is in yourself, not in the job: Learning to trust in my ability to adapt and learn was vital. The Accelerator program showed me that more secure than an office job is having control over my own time and skills.
  • Surround yourself with a support network: Whether it’s family, friends, or the Accelerator Discord group, you’ll find many people full of energy who support you. They not only lift you up when you’re down, but they also celebrate your achievements, which at first seem like small miracles.
  • Continuous training: The freelance world is dynamic, and staying up-to-date is essential. Investing in my education was the best thing I ever did; every new course from the Workana mentors was a door that opened.
  • Organization is everything: Learning to organize my time was a game-changer. I started using project management tools and setting a schedule as if I were in the office, but with the flexibility that my life needed.
  • Take care of your mental and physical health: Using the Health app that they provided me with the Workana program to resolve my mother’s medical questions taught me the importance of taking care of ourselves. If I’m well, everything flows better and I can face challenges with more clarity.

A New Beginning

Thanks to The Accelerator, I not only escaped the 9 to 5 but also became one of the most sought-after writers on Workana. Reaching Hero level was a dream come true. My regular clients allow me to live without the financial anguish of the past, and the best thing is that I can enjoy my mornings, without rushing, with a coffee in hand and the view from my balcony in San Miguel.

Many of my former office mates followed my lead and also quit to pursue their passions. Now, when we meet up, we don’t talk about how much we hate the traffic or the office, but about our projects and dreams in progress.

I traded long hours in traffic for moments with my family, writing in my favorite corner of the house. If you’re thinking you need a change, don’t let fear get the best of you. Sometimes, all you need is to believe in yourself.

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