Yes! Totally everything you said rings true. Freeagent is amazing, really couldn't live without it.
Having made the jump myself at the beginning of the year two major things have happened; I'm seeing more of my daughter and I'm enjoying work again.
Since January I've worked on big things, smaller things and even done a few side projects (helping out friends for joy of work rather than £££s). It's all work that I'm also proud of.
Hyped to read this and I can only wish you the best for the future.
Thank you Dean, glad you enjoyed the article! I completely agree with you, work is enjoyable again because you choose what you want to work on: big, small, fun etc.
Being able to be there for my kids is by far the biggest benefit. All the best for the future to you too :)
@Jordan Moore Totally unrelated to the article but this is whats happening on 13inch mbp with your "get in touch button"
Thanks for the heads up - that should be looking better now. The paint is still fresh on the design, there may be other oddities.
Hi Jordan, nice read! How do you experience the type of projects you're working on compared to the ones you would work on at the agency? I'm graduating this summer and will be going to look for a job at that time. I sometimes have the feeling that freelancing (thus working alone) doesn't give the opportunity to work on bigger projects that really 'mean' something. I've been freelancing next to my study but I feel like some of these projects aren't the real deal, if you know what I mean.
I know exactly what you mean. During my studies I took on a few projects too, but they were really nothing more than favours for people rather than big projects. Experience buys you a seat at the table to be considered for larger projects and I owe that entirely to my time at web agencies.
I would wholeheartedly recommend spending some time in an agency environment to learn the ropes, see how projects work outside of what university teaches you, and how to manage client expectations.
Thanks again for the kind comments!
Thanks for your response, luckily it is in line with how I thought about it! Good to know that transitioning for agency to freelance didn't force you to give up on larger projects.
I really enjoyed this article. I went from college directly into freelance and so I had a slightly different but relatable experience.