Free to roam

15 February 2005


A Blue Perspective: Free to roam

Although some people think I don't do any work at all, last friday was my last time at a full time job, at least for a little while.

The countless hours spent working well into the night for on-the-side clients or coding up experiments like widgEditor, then dragging myself off to inner-city offices with a severe lack of sleep made me realise that I found more joy in working for myself than for anyone else.

The constant pull between freelance and in-house work also began to have a detrimental effect upon the quality of my work and the quality of my life. You can't work all day, come home to more work and expect to maintain the enthusiasm which lead you to this career; let alone maintain high standards of quality. The choice, then, is to live a life of servitude or build something for yourself. So with all the courage I can muster I've decided to go it alone and concentrate on developing my own design business.

Most articles I've read say that you shouldn't start a business and expect to have more freedom, but I suppose it depends on how you look at it. You might spend more time working, but that work goes into something that you have a personal interest in. It's a freedom to create what you truly want.

Anyway, it won't affect my (infrequent) posting here, so what are you worried about? :o]

... and if you happen to have any work lying around, feel free to drop me a line.



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    Adam commented on 15 February 2005 @ 18:55

    Good for you!
    I tried that once, but thanks to my wife I am back at a design firm.

    Don't ask.

    Best of luck to you!

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    Matt Wilcox commented on 15 February 2005 @ 19:11

    Congratulations on making such a decision, I'm sure you'll find a lot of benefits coming your way. Good luck!

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    Michael Ward commented on 15 February 2005 @ 21:33

    I can only wish you the very best of luck with your brave decision.

    And ir probably is the correct one...

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    Unearthed Ruminator commented on 15 February 2005 @ 22:39

    I wish I had the heart to go out on my own, but the steady paycheck keeps me where I'm at.

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    Dan commented on 16 February 2005 @ 07:03


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    this guy commented on 16 February 2005 @ 07:18

    Congratulations, specially for having the nerve to do so. I for one wish I could be brave enough to do it but money issues keep chickening me out (Note to self: beef up those savings)

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    Andrew K. commented on 16 February 2005 @ 08:41

    I've just gone the other way -- closed up my freelance business in exchange for for a senior position at a University. While the outcome is very different, my reasons were much the same as yours; you can't work all day and all night 7 days a week and still expect to keep the quality up... it just doesn't happen :(

    So what's your company called?

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    Ottawa commented on 17 February 2005 @ 07:42

    Well, all I say is congratulations! Working for myself has been the best move ever.

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    The Man in Blue commented on 17 February 2005 @ 17:21

    Andrew: All shall be revealed in good time :o]

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    Andy Budd commented on 18 February 2005 @ 01:26

    Good luck mate.

    In the olden days people used to resign from work to spend more time with their families. Theses days people leave work to spend more time with their blogs. I expect to see a lot more of this happening in the near future.

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    Nick commented on 18 February 2005 @ 06:50

    Hahar, excellent and most heartening news Mr.Adams! I have a feeling in my spleen that you're going to kick ass, with which my ass agrees!

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    Jon commented on 18 February 2005 @ 09:13

    I've just resigned from my full time job yesterday to pursue freelance opportunities and I'm very excited! Good luck to you.

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    Keith Burgin commented on 19 February 2005 @ 03:03

    Good luck to you!  I went freelance 2 years ago, and it is the best decision I ever made.  It was rough at first, and the wife was nervious, but now that things are turning around, I wouldn't change it for the world.


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    Rabbit commented on 21 February 2005 @ 20:01

    "You might spend more time working, but that work goes into something that you have a personal interest in. It's a freedom to create what you truly want."

    You are 100% correct. I recently started performing freelance, and working on a major project I've been interested for over a year.

    As it stands I work twice as much than I did at my day job, but I'm doing it because I want to, not because someone else wants me to.

    So keep your head up and you'll go far. I promise. :)

    - Rabbit

    PS: Spiffy job you did integrating widgEditor into your comments.

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    Roberto Gorj„o commented on 22 February 2005 @ 17:23

    Best of luck to you!
    Next August I will be doing the same, for the second time now... and I will keep trying as long as it takes.
    Hope to hear how things are going with you! I'm sure it will be inspiring.
    From Portugal,

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    Jarrod commented on 25 February 2005 @ 22:36

    A life of servitude? I wasn't that nasty was I?

    [Yes, the Man in Blue has now reached Ghana :) ]

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    Daniel commented on 26 February 2005 @ 07:26

    Do be sure to note road bumps and speed traps along the way, for those of us toying with the idea of doing just this (someday, when skillz are present and there are potential clients available).

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    Aaron Bailey commented on 28 February 2005 @ 05:00

    Congrats. I  just started out on my own two weeks ago (a photography business with design work for the real estate industry).  It's a big step, but I feel it is in the right direction - I hate to use the old cliche but you don't know until you try - is true. Best of luck to us both!

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    Ryan Nichols commented on 28 February 2005 @ 05:51

    Hey what a coincidence, I just left my job for the same reasons on Friday the 18th.

    The freedom is great and I'm loving it so far. Being able to do the best work of your life is highly rewarding.

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    Henricky commented on 3 March 2005 @ 20:32

    Why don' t you just come out and say it... no job =  more soccer.

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