|Bruce Patteson, Freelance writer, Creative Director|
"I'd love to go freelance, but I don't know, it's scary."
That's what I heard in my head whenever I toyed with the idea of going out on my own. How do you get clients? What about the financial stuff? Health insurance? My mortgage? On and on. I'd never worked without a net before and the thought of taking that first step was scary, indeed.
Then I closed my eyes and did it anyway. Because sometimes you can't always get what you want, but you get what you need.
7 months later, I must say it's good to free. It's good to be driving the bus. It's exciting as all get-out to have clients and projects drop out of the sky unannounced. It's good to figure out how to build your own website and do your own books. Even though you never dreamed you could do those things in a million years.
It's good to grow.
I've had a dozen happy clients so far, working out of my converted office with glass and sunlight all around. And the commute has gone from an hour-plus each way to about 4 seconds. Doesn't suck.
The roof has a retractable shade to keep the sun at bay.
One of the biggest differences I've noticed since I started freelancing is a change in my perspective. Sure, there have been difficult times, but overall I'm less stressed and more positive. And there's nothing scary about that at all.