After over 10 years working, I've branched out on my own. I loved my office, the people I met, the things I learned, the stories I heard and equally told. The horrors, the good days, the just plain old weird days. They were all days that I'd never take back. Many ask, if I've had a secure job for years, why leave? No, the work wasn't boring, we did exciting things - we took a 20 year old product and made it look and feel like a successful start up. We built an ecosystem around our product, opened it up to remote developers, freelancers, you name it.
It was a strange feeling when I decided it's time to go freelance, I wanted to experience the world more on my own, having some successful side projects, I wondered, "how hard could it be?" - it's hard. I'm still learning, but I'm happy to declare I'm profitable. Living wise, it's rough come the bills, but I'm penny pinching everything.
The end goal is simple: a remote self-owned business, with one or two employees (where everyone matters!), which is profitable that we don't have to sweat every second. With a few products launching soon, I'm hoping to take on my own full time employee come June or July this year.
I'm half way there, and lots to go. I'll be bringing updates to the feed "#freelancejourney" about the struggles, the high moments, and the low moments of growing a business from zero, into something profitable enough to work full time. Feel free to follow the feed, and if you want to reach out via message and lend a hand - all is appreciated! (all products will be open-source, with paid editions)