Long time no blog! I’ve been a busy gal and have put off blogging until I felt like I was in a good flow of things. I’ve been wanting to make this post for a while! If you follow me socially, or know me personally, you may also know that I just started my own creative adventure in taking my freelance & design path to a new level.
*Back story* Back in December, I left my job at VGKids to give myself more time to take on my own creative projects & client jobs. I loved my time at VG and learned SO much about print design and if I could do everything at once I’d still be there. (We’re still best friends though, and I still print everything there!) A few months before I left VG, I got a new part time design job at Rock Paper Scissors doing custom invitation design (LOVE) and anything from hand lettering to miscellaneous fun projects.
Okay, so I’m not COMPLETELY a home-dweller since I still have a wonderful part time gig. But having that extra three-to-five days a week to be my own boss, make my own schedule, work on projects, manage & figure out the business side of things, get carried away, practice my skills, ship orders, and more has been SO nice! And much needed. It has its ups & downs though, and that is what this post is about. I want to be able to look back on this post and see what has changed.
What I’ve realized so far, is that the ups are also the downs! There are positive AND detrimental things about everything about working from home. Haha! So at the end of each up/down listed below, I am going to set an intention to combat the downs.
The ups: Being able to make my own schedule and break free from the 9-5 nonstop mentality is nice. I can spend an entire day working on a project to get it done, or I can pace myself depending on what else I have going on. I have the freedom to wake up early or sleep in. I can make my own hours and work on anything I need to. I can leave the house to go buy supplies or have lunch with a friend.
The downs: Having the freedom to wake up early or sleep in can be a bad thing. Spending too much time getting lunch with a friend can mean missing an email or getting out of the work flow. There’s something good to be said about having a routine and designating work time from play time, and I can see on certain days that having freedom doesn’t need to mean losing control. Intention: get better at FREEDOM MANAGEMENT. Know when to be free, and when to be in control.
The ups: I don’t have to leave my apartment! Well isn’t that convenient. I love being able to wake up, pour myself a cup of tea, stretch and begin my day at my cute little desk area. If I want lunch, I can go downstairs and make myself something. If I’m cold, I can crank up the heat because I’m the one paying for it. If I want to wear day-glo leggings and a polka dot sports bra, I can do that. Also important, everything I need to do my job is right in front of me. Every pen, pencil, gadget, ink color, cutting board, scanner, light table – it’s all right there. And that’s really nice.
The downs: They say you should dress for the part. Working out of my home means I can work in my underwear and do whatever I want. That’s not dressing for the part! It’s confusing to the body. Also, separating work from home is a little bit of a challenge in two ways. 1. Doing home things when I’m at work. 2. Doing work things when I’m at home. Ahh what?! Intention: be mindful and strategic in separating work and home.
The ups: Multitasking is AMAZING! In a few short months I have gotten really good at it. It’s different because it’s not something you can do at a 9-5 job. When I’m working for someone else, It’s not okay in any way to just stop what I am doing to place an order for new envelopes, or respond to a client’s email right away, or make a quick change on a project with a tight deadline, or to pack up an order. There is something nice about being able to respond to tasks immediately, and as they come up.
The downs: Multitasking also means that it’s not as easy to stay on a one-track-mindset.When I’m working for someone else, I am able to just set my personal business aside and focus on what I’m doing at that job, and it’s nice to be able to turn off that switch. Maybe I could take a similar approach to working for myself! Intention: don’t let the greatness of being good at multitasking turn into being vulnerable to distractions; break up time and stay on track.
I think I’ll just start with those three for now. Overall, it’s been a great new experience and I’m excited to see where it all goes and how I grow through it. Any freelancers / workers from homers out there? Have you learned anything valuable from it? Let’s talk about it on twitter!