After more than two and a half years, working for myself is still going well. I suppose I’m more of a self-employed one-man design agency these days, rather than a “freelancer”. It was only the first few months since leaving Engine Creative that I actually went in to do a day’s work at another company’s premises – ever since, I’ve been fortunate enough to work from home.
Working from home certainly has its challenges and pitfalls, which I may cover in a future blog post. Saying that, it’s been over a year since my last blog update, so exactly how far into the future it will materialise is anyone’s guess. Anyway… thankfully my career as a self-employed one-man design agency is going slightly better than my career as a world-famous blogger.
My favourite part of working for myself is the relative freedom in choosing what projects I take on. It’s fortunate that I find myself in this position and it’s not something I take for granted. My ethos remains that every website I build should be better than the last, which stands me in good stead for gradually becoming better in what I love to do – building lovely websites for lovely people.
The split between the types of clients I tend to get remains about the same. Around half are looking for a professional yet affordable web presence for themselves or their company. Examples of websites I have designed and built for such clients over the past year are:
The other half are design agencies – either those looking for additional web design support, or those who have in-house designers but prefer to outsource the build. Examples of these are:
In addition to all the web design work, I’ve also worked on several print-based publications… the results of which I am really pleased with. I will perhaps publish another blog post about those at some point in the near future. We shall see.