It was last year when it happened: Just before Christmas, I’ve slowly noticed that I wouldn’t be able to continue working at my previous employer. Not only have I been rather less satisfied with what I did there, but I simply had a lot of side-projects going on as well.
I started working there while still attending school. But in the end, I knew I either had to stop doing my own stuff to be able to focus on working at the agency, or the other way around.
The days around that time have been really hard for me: Firstly, I didn’t just wanted to let the guys down who offered me my first in-house job. Not just that, they’ve even prepared themselves for training me. I would have been the first trainee there!
So while I still wasn’t sure whether or not this job would be the perfect one for me, I had to watch them do all kinds of time-expensive things: Finding a proper school for me and training their team members for being able to educate me, for example.
Then, somewhere in the middle of that, I started feeling the pressure of decision on my shoulders. I didn’t knew what the right door was, but I definitely knew that I wouldn’t be able to go through both: The effort of running a company while working full-time for another one is simply too high as that I could have went on with it.
In the end of December last year, I finally came to the conclusion that I rather wanted to run my own business instead of someone else’s.
So after letting my bosses know, I’ve packed all of my stuff and said “Goodbye”. Not just to a group of people I’ve worked with, but rather to a bunch of friends who helped me grow and get better.
In the following weeks, I’ve managed to create some really awesome projects for my existing clients. But at the same time, I privately struggled of not having a fixed schedule anymore: I went to bed very late and woke up at the time of lunch.
But thankfully, I’ve managed to figure out the things from which these kinds of problems spawned from and also how to get rid of them.
#December? Why Didn't You Tell Us Earlier?
Because of the things I’ve mentioned above, I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to go on with this. So I’ve told myself: Let’s rather see how it goes and then go from there.
Now, after all of the legal business stuff has been set up properly, nearly half a year passed and a few people even offered me a chance to work for their own companies, I’m ready.
So what now? Yep, I’m going freelance!
However, you’re also free to call it a “startup”. Because although my main income is currently the work for others, I’ve already started working on some secret software projects which I’m going to release in the future.
All in all, my long-term plan is to continue building more tools for creatives (like muffin) and finally even finance my livelihood from that.
But until then, I’m very proud to announce that I’m now officially hirable for work on an hourly basis.
If you haven’t already checked out my work, simply go to my site and click on one of platforms on the bottom. Depending on what you’re looking for, you can find my designs on Dribbble, a lot of my code of GitHub and finally all of my latest essays on Medium. Every time I do something public, I also share it on Twitter.
So what are you waiting for? If you’d like to work with me and create something really awesome, let me know! :)
And finally: A big “Thank you” to all the people who encouraged me to make this step. Especially my friends, family and all of you awesome people on the web!