During my time at FreelanceSwitch, I spoke to many would-be freelancers. The idea of freelancing and the freedom it entails appealed to them, but they all had a common fear: what would it be like to leave the comfort of a corporate job and become responsible for one’s own paycheck? When business is slow, where does the money come from?
My experience was a little different. I started my career as a freelancer, and when I was asked if I wanted to come and work at Envato (who was then a client of mine) full-time, I had the opposite fears. I was always a vocal proponent of freelancing as a more profitable and stable alternative to full-time employment, so I surprised a lot of people by taking the job. Everyone who worked at the then-much-smaller Envato was a pleasure to work with as a freelancer–I got paid quickly, and they were all both insanely creative and ridiculously kind-hearted. It still is that way, despite the company having grown in huge leaps over the years. I thought trying out the life of an employee would be an interesting change of pace, and it was.
In my time there, I was the lab rat at AudioJungle for the now-commonplace Site Manager role, I was the editor for Audiotuts+ and FreelanceSwitch, helped launch another site which I edited for a year, WorkAwesome, and helped convert the Netsetter into a proper Envato publication (and yes, then proceeded to edit it). In more recent times, I worked with a great team of editors comprised of Amanda Hackwith, Mike Vardy and Joseph Robert Lewis in my role as the Business Blogs Manager.
However, as of last Friday, I no longer work for Envato, and as of this week, I’m once again a freelancer. For the first time, I’m in the same position as those FreelanceSwitch readers. I always knew I’d eventually want to go back to working for myself, and luckily I’ve had a few years to think about what I could do differently if I laid the foundations of my business from scratch again. I’m excited to put that into practice.
If you’re in need of a writer or editor, check out my services page. Drop me a line and we’ll talk your project over.
I may write about the process of re-opening a freelance business from scratch here on the blog. For now, I’m off to work on a piece for my first client, who just so happens to be my former employer.