Today is my first official Monday of working for myself!
I've been thinking about doing this for a long time - making my freelance career my only career. However, it's hard to take the leap and give up a steady paycheck for an unknown paycheck. I decided to make it happen for a few reasons - for one thing, my startup is ramping up and we now have clients to ship a product to. My time commitment has been getting greater and greater over the past few months, to the point where I was working 40 hours a week on my day job, and every spare second on my startup and trying to keep this blog going.
It was pretty exhausting - I gave up yoga, hanging out with friends, and basically everything not work related.
I couldn't do it any more - something had to give. And that thing was my day job.
Like a lot of things in my life, the transition happened magically. Just as I was starting to really think about going freelance so I could structure my days to work on my startup more often, Lauren from Elle&Co opened up her online course, Freelance Academy. I love Lauren and I read her blog and watch her podcasts all the time. She's a very successful freelance designer - and her course is all about how she was able to create and maintain her business. I've been wanting to take the course for a while, so I was really excited to enroll.
Just around the same time, our startup signed several clients for our beta product. I was starting to get really overwhelmed with working all day and working on nights and weekends. I decided it was time to make the shift. I put in my two week's notice and started looking for clients. And as luck would have it, an awesome client reached out to me with a project that would pay my bills for the month while giving me flexibility to do startup work during the day.
I'm feeling excited, nervous and grateful! I can't wait to get started and see what I can accomplish. In honor of my first day of working for myself, I made a little motivational poster drawing for my home office space!
It's just a little watercolor illustration of a coffee cup with the words "Business Juice" on the coffee cup!
There's no deep, inspirational quote - coffee is the only motivation I need! I like to call it Business Juice because several cups of coffee a day is how business gets done around here.
It turned out super cute, and I decided to make it into a downloadable printable artwork freebie for you guys!
Download the printable!
It's business time.
Now you can decorate your office space too - whether it's at home or at your job! All you have to do is print the 8.5 X 11 file and put it in a frame. If you want it to look super authentic, you can print it on watercolor paper!
Alright, time for me to get to some client work!
P.S. Here's some resource links to assets I used to make this printable artwork! These are affiliate links - I only partner with companies that I love and use. You can read more about affiliate links here.