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A Blue Perspective: Free to roam

Free to roam
15 February 2005

Although some people think I don't do any work at all, last friday was my last time at a full time job, at least for a little while.

The countless hours spent working well into the night for on-the-side clients or coding up experiments like widgEditor, then dragging myself off to inner-city offices with a severe lack of sleep made me realise that I found more joy in working for myself than for anyone else.

The constant pull between freelance and in-house work also began to have a detrimental effect upon the quality of my work and the quality of my life. You can't work all day, come home to more work and expect to maintain the enthusiasm which lead you to this career; let alone maintain high standards of quality. The choice, then, is to live a life of servitude or build something for yourself. So with all the courage I can muster I've decided to go it alone and concentrate on developing my own design business.

Most articles I've read say that you shouldn't start a business and expect to have more freedom, but I suppose it depends on how you look at it. You might spend more time working, but that work goes into something that you have a personal interest in. It's a freedom to create what you truly want.

Anyway, it won't affect my (infrequent) posting here, so what are you worried about? :o]

... and if you happen to have any work lying around, feel free to drop me a line.

Comments

1/20. 15 February 2005 @ 18:55, Adam wrote:

Good for you!
I tried that once, but thanks to my wife I am back at a design firm.

Don't ask.

Best of luck to you!

2/20. 15 February 2005 @ 19:11, Matt Wilcox wrote:

Congratulations on making such a decision, I'm sure you'll find a lot of benefits coming your way. Good luck!

3/20. 15 February 2005 @ 21:33, Michael Ward wrote:

I can only wish you the very best of luck with your brave decision.

And ir probably is the correct one...

4/20. 15 February 2005 @ 22:39, Unearthed Ruminator wrote:

I wish I had the heart to go out on my own, but the steady paycheck keeps me where I'm at.

5/20. 16 February 2005 @ 07:03, Dan wrote:

Congrats!

6/20. 16 February 2005 @ 07:18, this guy wrote:

Congratulations, specially for having the nerve to do so. I for one wish I could be brave enough to do it but money issues keep chickening me out (Note to self: beef up those savings)

7/20. 16 February 2005 @ 08:41, Andrew K. wrote:

I've just gone the other way -- closed up my freelance business in exchange for for a senior position at a University. While the outcome is very different, my reasons were much the same as yours; you can't work all day and all night 7 days a week and still expect to keep the quality up... it just doesn't happen :(

So what's your company called?

8/20. 17 February 2005 @ 07:42, Ottawa wrote:

Well, all I say is congratulations! Working for myself has been the best move ever.

9/20. 17 February 2005 @ 17:21, The Man in Blue wrote:

Andrew: All shall be revealed in good time :o]

10/20. 18 February 2005 @ 01:26, Andy Budd wrote:

Good luck mate.

In the olden days people used to resign from work to spend more time with their families. Theses days people leave work to spend more time with their blogs. I expect to see a lot more of this happening in the near future.

11/20. 18 February 2005 @ 06:50, Nick wrote:

Hahar, excellent and most heartening news Mr.Adams! I have a feeling in my spleen that you're going to kick ass, with which my ass agrees!

12/20. 18 February 2005 @ 09:13, Jon wrote:

I've just resigned from my full time job yesterday to pursue freelance opportunities and I'm very excited! Good luck to you.

13/20. 19 February 2005 @ 03:03, Keith Burgin wrote:

Good luck to you!  I went freelance 2 years ago, and it is the best decision I ever made.  It was rough at first, and the wife was nervious, but now that things are turning around, I wouldn't change it for the world.

Congratulations!

14/20. 21 February 2005 @ 20:01, Rabbit wrote:

"You might spend more time working, but that work goes into something that you have a personal interest in. It's a freedom to create what you truly want."

You are 100% correct. I recently started performing freelance, and working on a major project I've been interested for over a year.

As it stands I work twice as much than I did at my day job, but I'm doing it because I want to, not because someone else wants me to.

So keep your head up and you'll go far. I promise. :)

- Rabbit

PS: Spiffy job you did integrating widgEditor into your comments.

15/20. 22 February 2005 @ 17:23, Roberto Gorj„o wrote:

Best of luck to you!
Next August I will be doing the same, for the second time now... and I will keep trying as long as it takes.
Hope to hear how things are going with you! I'm sure it will be inspiring.
From Portugal,
Roberto

16/20. 25 February 2005 @ 22:36, Jarrod wrote:

A life of servitude? I wasn't that nasty was I?

[Yes, the Man in Blue has now reached Ghana :) ]

17/20. 26 February 2005 @ 07:26, Daniel wrote:

Do be sure to note road bumps and speed traps along the way, for those of us toying with the idea of doing just this (someday, when skillz are present and there are potential clients available).

18/20. 28 February 2005 @ 05:00, Aaron Bailey wrote:

Congrats. I  just started out on my own two weeks ago (a photography business with design work for the real estate industry).  It's a big step, but I feel it is in the right direction - I hate to use the old cliche but you don't know until you try - is true. Best of luck to us both!
Aaron
AaronBaileyPhotography.com

19/20. 28 February 2005 @ 05:51, Ryan Nichols wrote:

Hey what a coincidence, I just left my job for the same reasons on Friday the 18th.

The freedom is great and I'm loving it so far. Being able to do the best work of your life is highly rewarding.

20/20. 3 March 2005 @ 20:32, Henricky wrote:

Why don' t you just come out and say it... no job =  more soccer.

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