This past April I decided to take a huge risk and quit my 9-5 design job. Without getting into too much detail it wasn’t a right fit and I needed out. With a full-time job and Etsy as a side job, I was lucky enough to quit the 9-5 and focus on creating a portfolio I could be proud off, which would hopefully lead to a better job.
Fast forward five months and I still don’t have a “full-time” job and THAT’S OKAY! I have learnt A LOT these past five months and I feel like I finally know what I want out of life. I felt the pressure of finding a job right out of college because I needed the money, and took the first thing that came at me, and although it wasn’t the right job, it did allow me to gain the experience I needed and to grow a savings account.
I know this is the question most people wonder but don’t want to ask…
“how do you still pay your bills?”
With Etsy still a source of income I’ve been able to still pay rent, student loans, Visa, my phone bill, groceries, and still have plenty left to enjoy the finer things in life like Netflix and hanging out with friends.
My days are still pretty full-time. Etsy takes up a lot of my day, filling orders and creating custom pieces. It has also lead to freelance work and connecting with great people. I honestly wonder how I did all this with my full-time job. What I enjoy most is the freedom. I can workout when I feel like it, go for a walk during the day, run errands when I wish, and not have to report to anyone. It’s because of this I have decided to focus on my own freelance business and see where it takes me. After quite a bit of research I have come to understand it a lot more and it has become a lot less intimidating. It sounds like a fun adventure with endless possibilities and the chance to collaborate with awesome people. (yes, yes I know it’s a lot of work and has its challenges).
Some things I’ve accomplished these past five months include:
01– picking projects that I want to take on to put in my portfolio
02– learning UI/UX design. I understand it more now than ever and I love it
03– a new website for myself that will go live soon
04– researching and understanding the freelance life
05– knowing what I want in life and what makes me happy
I was hoping to have my site live and ready to go the beginning of October, but life has been pretty busy lately so it may take a bit longer. In the meantime here are a few previews of what is to come. Stay tuned!