My year so far - Freelancing full-time
Hey guys 👋
It's been an amazing year so far, and cannot believe it's already August. I took some time to reflect on an ultimatum I gave myself late last year: In 2017, do I get a full-time job or pursue freelacing? At the time, I was already freelancing, but more on a part-time basis. The work was really exciting, working with fantastic start-ups gave me that -- how do I explain this... that feeling of "holy shit! I'm getting paid to do exactly what I always wanted and love to do?!" So I decided in the beginning of 2017 to go balls out on freelance and pursue it full-time.
Probably the biggest reason I decided to go freelance was because now I'm able to work with startups, and have a much larger impact on design and help them have a unique visual language. It really is putting all the experience I earned while working at Dropcam, NestLabs, Google and Robinhood to the test.
Freelancing definitely has some awesome perks, the obvious being freedom. Freedom to work from anywhere and at anytime, freedom to select projects I truly want to work on, and gaining extra time to spend with my friends, family and my 9-year old Labrador, Cooper. However, it also has its hardships.
Some of the hard stuff about freelancing is learning about the business side of it -- A lot of administrative work (timesheets, expenses, time management, invoices, contracts, etc), learning a ton of new tools, and keeping myself fresh (constantly making sure my knowledge and design are on point). Also, this is kinda sad, but it's a lonely world most of the time in my little bubble-- I don't have happy hour after work with co-workers, or have anyone to joke around with -- my dog doesn't get my humor.
Overall, it's been both challenging and rewarding! I'm definitely learning a lot, and it's been a really fun experience. Also, it's really fun when someone reaches out and are all like "Hey, we want to work with you because you're cool" and I'm all like:
Just a quick update! I will talk more about my experiences as a freelance designer in other upcoming posts, as well as an update on my office, which is coming along pretty nicely -- SO EXCITED!! :D