I’ve decided to open up a little and share what the journey of starting my own freelance business has been like so far. It’s been exciting, stressful, rewarding, and at times discouraging. Kind of like life.
Exciting – So far I’ve been blessed to have really great jobs just fall in my lap- and I know it won’t always be like that. So I’ve been taking as many as I can on in order to gain more experience, exposure, and pieces for my portfolio that better reflect what type of work I want to do.
Stressful – Taking on all these jobs, planning what steps to take next, figuring out what I want my branding to be like (and changing my mind a million times in the process), and submerging myself in training videos to learn new skills has added a lot to my plate. It’s not too much to handle, I’m just still in the process of figuring out the balance of it all. It doesn’t help that I always want to be three steps ahead of where I am.
Rewarding – Even though it’s been a lot, it’s been so rewarding. It feel so good to dive into my creative roots, to sketch, to brainstorm, to collaborate with clients, to know that all the hard work will pay off. Not only do I enjoy the creative side of things, but I also love helping people make their dreams come to life through effective branding and invitation design. It’s so fun seeing how everyone has a different God-given passion, and good branding can help turn that passion from a hobby into career.
Discouraging – I’d say the most discouraging part of this whole process has been my own fault. It is so hard not to compare where I’m at with where other people are at. It’s that feeling as a designer when you look at a great design or a good website or a great idea and think, “Why didn’t I think of that first?” It’s forgetting that other people have completely different journeys than I do, that sometimes they’ve been at it longer than I have, that some of them have had more resources than I have. It’s comparing my beginning to someone else’s middle.
Especially with the way social media is today, I think we all have this problem at times, even if you’re not a designer. I’ve been reading and thinking a lot lately about authenticity, vulnerability, and living life honestly. It’s scary but so much more rewarding than pretending like you have it all together and that you live a perfect, “Pinterest-esque” lifestyle.
So there you have it. The good and the bad, the ups and the downs of where I’m at with this part of my journey.
If I could give one piece of advice to whoever may be reading this, it would be to remember that everyone’s story is totally different, and just because someone else has what you want or has done what you wish you’ve already done, know that everyone starts somewhere, and you still have great things ahead of you!