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today we answer the question: “what made you go freelance?”
i still have my day job as a graphic designer but i freelance after i go home. it’s a lot of work and sometimes a struggle, but i love it. a couple years ago i realized i wanted to illustrate more and i wasn’t satisfied with the amount i was getting at my day job. i started illustrating objects and fun things that were happening in my life on my blog. that caught the eye of a woman who asked me to design some social stationery for her. then it caught the eye of a lady in australia who was starting a business and needed a logo. the blog really helped get me more exposure.
in the beginning i was reaching out and proposing ideas to people. now thanks to word of mouth and the internet people are coming to me. i love working in the fashion world during the day and then getting to work on something totally different on my own time and be my own boss. since i do have a steady pay check coming in, it’s nice to be able to pick and choose what freelance work i want to take. there is no pressure to make so much a month.
one day i sat down to have lunch with my friend joy and she basically told me i was crazy if i didn’t go freelance. i had fantasized about the idea for a few years and had even come close a few times, but actually quitting my job was pretty terrifying. but i just couldn’t stand not being able to explore the possibility and i knew i would kick myself if i didn’t just try it. i also didn’t have the energy to be working literally around the clock any longer.
i didn’t just waltz in my bosses office and have some dramatic “I QUIT!” speech. i took a few months and saved my money. and then saved some more. till i felt comfortable. and then one day I just did it. and i knew i was going to have a lotttta hustlin to do in the upcoming months!
now, i wouldn’t say to everyone “quit your job, it will be easy!” i had worked on establishing some sort of stability in the freelance world before i made the jump. i was working for rue magazine (which at the time was very new) and I had some other pretty stable gigs at the time. but of course i still had nightmares that no one was going to hire me and i was going to regret my decision big time. but it’s been just fine! i’m finally able to focus on projects that get me excited, explore ideas i have always wanted to explore, and i’ve found so much satisfaction in building my own business.
we hope all of you that are on the fence about this find some clarity, because we know it’s a really big decision!