I've always been drawn to the idea of working for myself — creating my own schedule, having time to develop products of my own, and calling the shots on what projects I work on. So after lots of thinking, a little planning and a good amount of over-analyzing, I put in notice at my cushy 9-5 to take the vital first steps towards going out on my own as a full-time freelance designer. Eek!
I know this is going to take levels of self-discipline, organization, and persistence I have yet to prove myself capable of, but I'm up for the challenge. I've been so inspired and motivated by the efforts and accomplishments of other creatives making it happen on their own — some are my nearest and dearest friends and others I follow along on the internets and hope to meet one day.
I've been taking on freelance work ever since I graduated college, but looking back on the few spurts of working entirely on my own in the past, it was always during a time of transition or sandwiched between other steadier jobs. I knew I would need more experience and more stability to take it on seriously for any good amount of time. I feel very fortunate for all of the experiences I've had in my current position working at a rapidly growing start up in San Francisco. I've gotten to wear many hats, and take on all kinds of work I wouldn't have thought I was capable of only two years ago. It's given me alot of confidence in my abilities, and I feel like now is the time to step out on my own and see what I'm capable of. It's terrifying, but also incredibly liberating—I cannot wait.
Thanks for following along!
Image – Kristen Martincic