The gig economy is on the rise, so independent work arrangements are rapidly growing in popularity. Self-employment often provides talented experts with freedom, flexibility, and — ironically — more stability than a full-time arrangement with a single company. If you’re ready to begin freelancing (or running your own business) but aren’t quite ready to give up your full-time job, we have good news: Doing both at the same time is easier than you might expect. Consider taking some exploratory steps into freelancing while keeping one foot planted in full time employment. As you do so, keep these tips in mind.