So in January 2018 after 7 years in the industry, I decided to take the plunge and go freelance full time. The decision was a scary one to make as freelance can be very unpredictable, but if I didn’t do it now, I don’t think I ever would.
The decision wasn’t taken lightly and a lot of debating went into it, but it helped a lot having a very supportive husband standing by the choice I made. It definitely hasn’t been easy, I think you are a lot harder on yourself when you know it is all on you and there is no regular pay cheque at the end of the month.
I was fortune that I did have a Mac before I started freelancing, however it had been with me since university so was around 10 years old and couldn’t keep up with the demands of design software. I therefore purchased a new Mac for my new venture – going freelance isn’t a cheap thing to do! I have a bad habit of always overthink things and purchasing a new Mac, was one of those points, is this really worth investing into? Will I “make it” so that the Mac and software end up paying for themselves?! And unfortunately I don’t think those thoughts ever go away – at least not for long!
Then it was time to get out there. The worst part of freelancing for me is having to sell myself. I’m not very good at “blowing my own trumpet” so this didn’t come easy to me, but it really is essential. Who is going to hire a designer who is just okay, or only tells you half of what they are capable of?