I had a job interview today. I've been full-time freelance since July, but that situation wasn't entirely in my control. Rather than try to look for another job, I decided to dedicate my time fully to building my business. It wasn't a decision I took lightly, but I ended up deciding it was worth the risk. I ended up with more business than I had even expected in August, which was my initial trial month. After that I had some steady work to keep me going, but I was burning through cash. I wasn't getting the income I needed to keep this thing afloat.
My first thought was that I had failed. Now I have to give up my dream of independence! But looking at it as failure isn't the way to go about it, because it's not failure. It's a minor setback that won't destroy my dreams. If anything, it will help me actually realize them.
It's easy to be negative when something happens that feels like a failure. But it's not a failure unless you let it be one. Progress is not linear when it comes to improving your skills, and the same applies to achieving your dream. There will always be ups and downs, there will always be setbacks.
So what if you need to get a part-time job to help support yourself as you build your business, there is no shame in that. The most important thing is that you don't allow yourself to become desperate for clients. You will make decisions that might not be all that beneficial to the growth of your business. Taking on a part-time job will give you peace of mind and allow you to be more cautious about the kind of clients you take on.