About a month ago I made the decision to become a Freelance Web Developer, to take the skills I’ve built over the last 4 years and work for myself, to build something for myself.
It wasn’t a move I made in order to be rich and famous. It really became more about who I am as a person and how I wanted to work on the web. I didn’t feel like I was gaining anything in from day to day work, I wasn’t learning much and frankly not doing nearly enough web development. I needed to break out and challenge myself, something I had once done just for the fun of it had stopped being fun. I also enjoy the freedom of letting the day take me where it will in accomplishing tasks and overcoming challenges. Sometimes that happens at 3:00AM, typical employment is not conducive to the way in which I feel I work best.
This also begs the question what does it mean to be a freelancer? Looking up a strict definition “a freelancer is someone who, works for different companies at different times rather than being permanently employed by one company.” So in thats sense, I am looking to be a freelancer in its truest form. My interest lies in helping organizations of all shapes and sizes design, develop, launch, and maintain their web products.
All of this was not something I took on without a great deal of trepidation, I had concerns about where the work would come from, but the bigger question I found myself mulling over was… What do I want my business to be?
I will continue to contemplate the future of my business but until then I am here, learning everyday and ready as ever to build awesome stuff!