It has been quite some time since I have posted on my website and quite a lot has happened. It is now just over a year since I went freelance and it has been quite the journey. For anyone considering embarking on a freelance career full time, if you are in the position to build up your work and client base before making that leap, then please make sure you do so. Only make that leap when you have enough work to sustain you for several months and several good clients who will give you repeated work. The advice you may have heard about having at least six month’s salary in the bank as a buffer is also incredibly important. I can’t stress enough how important this is, and I’m speaking from the point of view of someone who had no choice to go freelance and therefore didn’t have this buffer to catch me when I fell, and I fell very hard. The thing about going freelance is that it takes time to build up enough work to have a sufficient income, and there will also be times when the cash isn’t flowing yet other times when it feels like it’s raining money. If you rely on your income to pay the rent/mortgage, pay the bills, and to be able to eat, then you need to build up emergency savings to smooth over the hard times, for, unless you are very lucky, there will be hard times. Ignore this advice at your peril.
So what does this all mean for me now? Well, things turned out good. Too good in fact. So good, that I had to turn away work and clients as there was not enough hours in the day to do it all. I ended up working morning, afternoon, evening, and night. The only all nighters I was used to pulling involved copious amounts of alcohol and dancing until the wee hours so working until the sun came up was quite the shock! As you can imagine, that quickly became rather stressful and is hard to sustain that level of working (or perhaps that’s just because I’m getting old). Throw in a bereavement in the midst of it and you can hopefully begin to understand why I felt the need to close down and stop for breath. In that time I have also undertaken a lot of soul searching and have decided that it is time to embark on a slightly different career path, one that perhaps I would always like to have been on and probably should have been on. My new focus for the business will now be on the written word: content/copy writing, editing, and proof reading. That’s right, I’m laying PHP development to bed, tucking it in with a goodnight kiss and hoping it’ll sleep soundly forever more unless I have dire need of it again.
I hope you can forgive my change and hope you understand the need for it. Over the coming months, I will slowly rollout my new website and business model but for now, will leave things here as they are lest any content in my blog be of use to another developer as was my intention. If you have come to my website looking for a developer or help with your website, then please do still contact me and I will put you in contact with someone who can help you. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a writer/editor/proof reader, then also please get in touch.