This is an old post but thought I should move it from its own page to a post.
Life after a ‘proper job’ – A year of freelancing
It’s been a year now since I left New Scientist magazine to pursue a career running my own business and working for myself – and what an interesting year it has been.
Leaving a secure job after 25 years is a major step. You get very used to the office environment and a monthly wage, so stepping away from that is hard and a worry. Will I survive? Will I get any work? Will I like working for myself? but I needed to do something else…
It was something that I had been thinking about for a while and so had been building up my freelance contacts and presentation skills in London and abroad.
My final day at New Scientist was Christmas Eve, so I left with a fuzzy head ready for a new start on January 1st – as it happened I was busy from day one.
Christmas was spent setting up my company and registering nigelhawtin.com
I hit the ground running with a couple of projects designing graphics for a company report as well as consultancy work – a brilliant feeling – I actually had work and the prospect of money coming in. Since that first commission, I have rarely stopped.
So life after a ‘proper’ job is good. I have been extremely lucky to have had plenty of interesting work in my first year,
from one-off projects, regular consultancy and training days, to working alongside talented teams of designers and coders.
Life is certainly more interesting. New opportunities appear all the time and when I do get some free time, I can update and improve my skills, as well as being able to jump in the car and do some walking and birdwatching – what could be better!
Many thanks to all those who have commissioned me this year as well as to the teams of talented people I have worked with. There are too many to mention, but you know who you are.
It had been rewarding, exciting and a bit nerve-wracking to be honest, but I am looking forward to more of it in 2016…
Here’s to 2016