I’m often asked how I made the switch to self-employment. Here’s a quick snapshot of that time in my life.
Since 2002, I’d been working for Myeloma UK, an Edinburgh-based cancer charity. My responsibilities covered the print design, print buying, and managing the website.
I’d been having thoughts of travelling the world, seeing new things, and in 2004 I resigned an adventure. The year after, following some amazing experiences abroad, Edinburgh called me back to the capital and, as it turned out, Myeloma UK were yet to find my replacement. So I asked the chief exec Eric Low if he’d hire me as a part-time contractor, where I’d work three days each week and invoice at the end of each month. He agreed, and things carried on like that for around 18 months until the charity eventually needed a full-time designer.
Looking back, starting in self-employment with a retainer client was vital, and while those three days a week brought in just enough money to pay the bills, they allowed plenty of time to work on building my website and blog (my main self-promotion tool).
It’s been quite a few years since I worked on any projects for Myeloma UK, but it’s brilliant to see the difference the team continues to make for people with myeloma.
Don’t let the naysayers win
When I talked to friends about starting a business, a few said I wasn’t experienced enough, that I should stay in employment until later in life. If you’re considering making the switch from full-time employment, you’ll probably hear people say the same, but don’t let them stop you.
If it’s what you really want, you can make a success of anything you set your mind to.