Taking the Plunge!

Posted on: Mar 13, 2015

taking the plungeSo I’ve done it. There’s no going back now. I’ve written the cheque, now it’s time to cash it. ‘What on earth is she on about?’, you may well be thinking.

What on earth I am on about is the fact that, at the end of this month, for the first time in my adult life, I will be without a salary. I have taken the plunge, given up the day job and will soon be a full-time freelancer.

The job that I'm leaving is not an easy one to walk away from. I work in a lovely listed building in the middle of town, I have a desk by the window and colleagues that keep me well stocked in tea and treats and put up with me singing along to the radio. I have a boss that created a Digital Marketing role for me and gave me the training and space to get on with it. Over the last four years I have:

  • Learnt how to code a website from scratch 

  • Designed a 48-sheet billboard

  • Walked 2278 miles to and from the office (an hour each day)

  • Re-branded the office with custom-designed wallpaper, quotes, signage and posters

  • Made 4320 hot drinks (conservative estimate!)

  • Built a Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter following of thousands

  • Posted 864 vacancies and in the process helped put a lot of people to work during a tough economic period

  • Climbed a mountain with a team of colleagues (not metaphorical, we climbed Snowdon, cycled 40 miles and kayaked round a lake in one day for a charity challenge)

It’s been a blast, but the desire to focus on my own clients and develop my graphic design business could not be ignored. This may be the first time that I’m going it alone, and without a guaranteed income, but I can genuinely say that this is the first time in my life that I feel ready for that challenge. There’s no way I would have had the confidence or the skill set to do this fresh out of uni, but every job I've had in the last ten years (ten years!) has helped prepare me for this. There’s never been a better time than right now (nod to Red Hot Chilli Peppers).

Wish me luck!

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