WOOOHOO!! It’s officially been 12 months since I left my 9-5 to freelance full-time! It’s amazing how fast time fly’s and how much has changed since April of 2017. It feels like just yesterday that I was working my last 2 weeks at my job with anticipation about how I was going to make this all work.
Looking back, I was scared, nervous, and excited all at the same time. It took many years for me to get to that point, and it had finally arrived. I was as ready as I could be at the time. Little did I know, there was only so much I could do to prepare for what was ahead.
- My business was set up
- I had a couple clients needing regular work
- My portfolio of recent work was online
- My living expenses were low
- I was READY!
I won a long-term digital marketing contract within the first month and I could hardly believe it. Followed by a second, third, and fourth all within the first few months of being out on my own. It was shocking! I was busy and loving what I was doing every day.
Not everything worked out as planned, and there were some very difficult moments throughout the last year but I’m so happy with my decision to take this leap. It’s been a rollercoaster of ups and downs- a lot of celebrating small victories and a lot of re-evaluating whether this was the right decision or not. I’ve learned so much not only about self-employment, but about client management, building processes, and managing my time. I’ve also learned…
- You will work harder and longer than ever before
- Take taxes seriously. That $500 check is only $350, that $1000 check is only $700.
- You can only take on so much work if you want to keep your sanity
- Stick to a routine (sometimes)
- Don’t let fear hold you back from taking the risk you want to take
- Taking time to travel is SO WORTH IT
- Not every project or client is going to be a good fit
My business majorly took over my life for the first 6 months... if not longer. It took up most of my brain power and time. I felt little urge to do other things and take time for myself. Now, I’m trying to change that and live a more balanced life. Slowly, I’m finding myself being able to disconnect and enjoy the moment.
Today, I’m feeling great about the future. I still have a few of the long-term contracts that I started out with, a few fell off, and a few new projects got signed on. New web design projects are still happening almost every month which I always enjoy working on. I’m looking forward to what the next 12 months will hold. I have so many goals to reach…
- Increase the number of projects in my portfolio
- Display more writing, email marketing, SEO, and social media work on my websites
- Attend more networking events
- Connect more with other freelancers
- Grow my audience for the business and this blog
- KEEP GOING
I’m so grateful for this opportunity and that I’m able to call this my “job.” 1 year down and many more to go!
“Progress is the ultimate motivation.” -Tony Robbins
Thanks for Reading,