2015 - A Year of Freelance Firsts

Posted on: Dec 23, 2015
I decided to go freelance for many reasons, but the promise of 'no two days are ever the same' was very appealing. My first year of self-employment has certainly lived up to this expectation, with plenty of new experiences and challenges keeping me on my toes for the last 12 months...
 
JANUARY 
 
The first blog written for Female Business Hub, about speaking with a business coach (another first!) The beginning of a great relationship with FBH and I've written more blogs for them since. Love these ladies.
 
 
Female Business Hub
 
 
FEBRUARY
Definitely not the first time I've ever handed in my notice, but the first time I've done it without technically having another job to go to. It was the terrifying, but very necessary, first step onto a completely new career path.
 
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MARCH
The first time it all started to feel very real
 
Last day at work
 
 
APRIL
The first month of being a proper full-time freelancer. This month was pretty mad. I started working with four new clients and did my first ever tattoo design (for someone that wasn’t me, anyway!) 
 
Squirrel tattto design
 
 
MAY
The first series of blogs written for the lovely people at Spaghetti Agency.
 
Spaghetti Agency blog
 
 
JUNE
My first really big-ass creative project for a new client, which included multiple designs for emails, landing pages, flyers and presentations, took several months and allowed me to send my biggest invoice since becoming self-employed. A very proud moment!
 
Like a Boss
 
 
JULY
Started working with three new clients, all from very different industries. 
A large IT service provider, a wedding photographer and a web developer.
 
Copywriting testimonial
 
 
 
AUGUST
First time working with two new clients, on two new logo projects. 
People were going mad for logos at this time of year!
 
I love logos
 
 
SEPTEMBER
First commission for a bespoke wedding anniversary gift, with a brief to turn the couple into superheroes. You can read all about it here.
 
Superhero poses sketch
 
 
OCTOBER
Started working with a new digital agency. This was the first time designing simple icons for a set of website buttons.
 
 
website icons
 
NOVEMBER
For the first time, my copywriting jobs outnumbered my design jobs. 
I was not expecting that! 
 
a picture is worth a thousand words
 
 
DECEMBER
The first year without an office Christmas party! However, I didn't miss out on the festivities as two generous clients invited me to join them for their Christmas dos. As a self-employed home-worker I was anticipating a turkey sandwich for one, so this was a lovely way to end the year.
 
 
Merry Christmas cartoon





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