Welcome to my personal blog! My name is Lauren Rozman (soon to be Fischer in just a few weeks). I recently put my 2-week notice in at my 9-5 desk job to pursue freelance web design full time! I’ve been preparing for this moment for many years, and now that it has arrived, I feel like it is more underwhelming than I imagined!
I graduated from college in 2009 with a degree in Business & Marketing. I got a job right out of school doing Marketing and Sales assisting in Milwaukee, WI. This first job out of school got me involved in web design, SEO, graphic design, and digital marketing and I got really interested in learning everything I could about the subjects. Then, in 2010, I opened LR Design & Marketing because I knew that there had to be something more for me than going to a job day in and day out. Just the thought of having a normal job for the next 30 years did not sit well with me. From there I moved up into a better full-time Marketing role at a different company and held on to LR Design as a side business.
I moved to Asheville, NC in 2016, got yet another marketing job, and continued to plug away at my side business, gaining clients, and experience. In March 2017, I decided to take the plunge and go all in with my web design business.
I put my 2-week notice in just a few days ago, and the feelings are not what I expected. You’d think the day you quit your job would be exciting and freeing, but the moment I told my boss “I QUIT!” (I didn’t actually say that) was more stressful and nerve-racking. Although I’m happy that this moment is over and I’m so happy with my decision, I still don’t think anyone enjoys giving this kind of news. I went home to “celebrate” and ended up falling asleep at 8 pm from exhaustion!
So why in the world do I want to leave my comfortable and “stable” 9-5 job that provides me with the ability to pay for my life? Well, a few reasons are flexibility, travel, to have control over my income, it also gives me the opportunity to volunteer and give back! While it has been scary at times, the benefits of working for yourself far outweigh any negatives. Right off the bat, being able to fund my life on my own terms has given me a huge sense of fulfillment and accomplishment.
I have some very exciting plans lined up for when I officially have more free time. First things first, I’m going to build my web design and digital marketing business up by expanding my service offerings and increase my project pipeline. I’ve been working on this on a part-time basis for the past 7 years and I’m so excited to see where I can take this business. I’m volunteering once a week at a local farmer’s market to give back to the community I live in, I’m planning to travel a lot more to see my friends and family, and I’m going to be documenting my entrepreneurial journey RIGHT HERE.
The last few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster. Going from super nervous, to confident, to terrified, to so incredibly proud. I don’t think the reality has yet set in. I’m constantly reminding myself that:
1. Sometimes you need to take big risks in order to get big results
2. The only person holding me back from being successful is ME
Thanks for reading! =)