One year ago, during the week between Christmas and New Year I was swamped with side work. It was then that my wife first put forth the idea of going 100% Freelance.
We spent the next few days going over the idea over and over, looking for flaws. Since I’m talking about Freelancing a year later, you can imagine we didn’t find any. 🙂
All things considered it’s gone very well. Often the first year is the hardest for a freelancer, and mine was pretty good. People always want to know “how much do you make?” and I’ve found that like other Freelancers, it’s hard to say. I made a little more doing this than I did at my old job, but I’m paying more to the government, more to subcontractors, etc, so at the end of the day it was a little leaner than last year. But next year might rock. Or it might not.
I’m still really glad to be doing this.
3 thoughts on “One year”
I’ve worked up here for myself, and not only am I a horrible businessman, but the amount of work is pretty low. (Population density, lack of businesses, etc.)
Also, insurance. Oh insurance, you seductive temptress.
I do almost daily talk about going freelance, and for me a large part of it would be writing. That both excites and terrifies me. You’ve been an inspiration though, so thank you for these occasional updates. 🙂
i am very glad you did, too, my friend!
Glad you took the plunge… though the gov’t *does* love to call you the boss *and* the employee so that they can take you for double yer $. 😉 It’s been fun sharing resources and subcontracts — here’s to a fantastic 2011!