It’s been a weird, fun, scary & amusing year, I’ll be the first to admit. Going from a steady, reliable income to “Holy sh*t I need this invoice to be paid so I can eat next week!” was scary. Nothing could prepare me for that, despite freelancing regularly and steadily for 6+ months prior to making the change this time last year.
I remember when I gave my 4 weeks notice at my previous job, going home at the end of that day. News travelled fast throughout the office and a colleague asked me how my day was. Trying to play it cool & not realising some people knew already (outside my supervisor and boss), I told him “Yeah it was alright.“.
“I hear you’re leaving us?“
I think it really hit me at that moment. Travelling on the crowded, stuffy Melbourne tram, a wave of both excitement and horror flooded over me. “Yeah, I gave notice about an hour ago.“
My first day at my new job on October 3rd was awesome. I didn’t have to work outside business hours for the first time in a long time, so I got all my work done during the day. At 5pm, I realised that I didn’t need to continue working and found myself wondering what to do with myself in the evening.
It was so nice.
Freelancing has come with its pitfalls – I get roped into doing the shopping and making trips to the post office/bank/etc when required. But it has helped myself and my partner, Josh so much.
Now that he is also working for his own small business and we’ve moved to NSW, it’s made me realise how easy it can be to work wherever you want. I get to go for a walk with the dog when I want to, I get to sleep in, I can get house chores down when there’s a slow period of work and I can work when I want to. It’s also allowed me to be flexible with working hours with family crises and planning our interstate move.
If you’re considering taking a leap and working for yourself (whether it is in web development or another field) I highly recommend you try and go for it. There is a lot that can go wrong (especially if you don’t have self discipline), but I think the good definitely outweighs the bad.
I’m looking toward the next 12 months again with excitement and horror. The work always comes in waves where I have busy times and slow times. I am looking at my 2012 resolutions and cringing a bit, but I am thinking positive and am confident that everything can only continue to go up from here.