Things weren’t always like this for me. In fact, this is all still relatively new. I quit my corporate job, which I loved so much, back in early 2018. Which is weird to read, I’m sure, as most people despise the 9-5 grind.
I started freelancing on Thumbtack that same year. I invested in a super expensive desktop, bought Adobe Creative Cloud, and got to work. I had no clue what I was doing, but I was going to do it. I just knew my soul needed to know what creating art felt like again.
I took jobs on, one-by-one, and taught myself as I went – watching YouTube videos, sitting in Barnes and Noble reading [without buying the books sometimes…not sorry] and spending all of my free time stepping up my game as a freelancer. I realized fairly quickly that people on Thumbtack did not value my time, nor me, as they did not want to pay me what I was worth. It was more about getting a good deal, which they aren’t wrong for. Factor that in with the cost that’s associated with loads, I was barely breaking even when all was said and done. But I loved what I did, so that shouldn’t matter, right?
I accepted my time on Thumbtack as a learning experience. But what would my next move be? What could I do that would free up my time, allow me to travel, work or live anywhere I wanted, and would create financial freedom? It was then I decided that I needed to be my own boss.
I registered my business in April of 2019 and have worked full-time in addition to this endeavor. Things quickly took off for me. I was taking tons of work on, staying consistently busy and bringing in some extra cash. I was comfortable. But, comfortable just isn’t going to do it for me
On January 2nd of this year, I hired a business coach to help me on my journey to create a successful and sustainable business. I remember telling her on our first call together that I was going to leave my full-time job and move to Columbus, Ohio by August.
On January 23rd, I put my notice in at my job and on January 31st I received the keys to my new place in Columbus, OH.
Next steps? Work with you, of course.