WHY I CHOSE TO BECOME A FREELANCE WEB-DESIGNER AND DEVELOPER.
WHERE IT BEGAN
About 4 years ago I left my permanent job as a senior manager in the Automotive industry. When I left the company I was confident that I knew exactly what I was doing from that day onwards.
I always had a passion for anything that involved the Web or Technology. Now after years of jumping from one unsatisfactory career path to another I was finally going to do what I Loved! I was going to conquer the Web and spend my days in front of my laptop achieving this, while still enjoying the freedom of spending time with my family.
MY LEARNING PATH
Everything I know about design and tech is self-taught but passion guided me to finally do what needed to be done.Web design is a very unique profession. Unlike other career choices, a web designer doesn’t really need any formal training. The very nature of the internet and the myriad of advanced software available, itself makes it easier to become a self-taught guru of design.
There’s a sense of achievement and freedom that comes from being self-taught. And, I think that we creative/techy types enjoy freedom. The freedom to create what we want, work the hours we want, listen to the music we want and earn money the way we want is important to us.
WHAT FREELANCING IS TO ME:
Working on my own, with no boss peering over your shoulder.
Starting my day in my pajamas, if I so desire.
Taking an early lunch to catch an episode of “Game of Thrones” (at least, that’s what I do).
Heading out for a nice walk when things get a bit hectic.
Playing games when things are slow.
Listening to your favorite song at full blast while having fun in coding.
SOUNDS PRETTY GOOD, DOESN’T IT? BUT YOU ALSO HAVE TO FACTOR IN THE NEGATIVES:
Dealing with emergency client requests at all hours of the night.
Keeping track of billing, payments, earnings & expenses.
Instead of having one boss peering over your shoulder, now there are dozens of clients (aka bosses) calling and emailing to check the progress of their projects.
So, no, freelancing isn’t all what I thought it would be.
It is work. Sometimes, hard work. Like when you don’t have a fellow team member to pass along the difficult stuff to. Or when you receive an irate phone call from a client whose project has gotten lost in the pile of tasks you need to attend to.
Becoming a freelancer means that you’ll sign up for all of the above, and more.
Why I Became a Freelancer?
The question of why I became a freelancer may be different for everyone else who consider doing this. Some people may want to simply work from home. Others may see earnings potential. Whatever your reason, you need to make sure that it is the right reason for you. After all, it can be quite a risk. Especially if you’re quitting your “day job” to strike out on your own.
Being a freelance web designer will change your life. From the moment you declare yourself open for business, you are the key to the entire operation. You’ll make all the important decisions, such as how much to charge for a project and what the theme of your office decor will be.
One of my greatest joys since starting my freelance career has been the extra time I’ve been able to spend with my family. Because I work at home, I get to spend extra time with my two sons and two daughters. It’s truly a priceless benefit that I wouldn’t want to miss out on.
While it can be tough to strike a balance with kids, (“Daddy is home, but is working right now and can’t play”), the opportunity you have to watch them grow up is worth the effort.
Working at home gives you the flexibility to take the kids to school and be there when they get home. It’s much easier to get to school plays and sports practices. This is definitely a perk for parents.
Becoming a freelancer can be very rewarding, if you’re doing it for the right reasons.
What freelancing means to me?
A change in lifestyle for the better
More time with the ones I love.
A responsibility to balance all aspects of my business.