Whenever I approach a new venture or a change, I like to minimize risk. I prefer taking small and calculated steps rather than big risky ones.
So… rewind about 12 years..
I’d been doing a bit of freelancing online, and was doing OK but not earning anything significant – somewhere in the range of $400-$600 per month. I decided to compress my freelancing projects to Saturdays and evenings, and I took a job at a small wireless networking company.
After a couple of months, my hunger to be doing my own thing was back. See the problem is, I work very quickly and efficiently. I would get my day’s work done in a couple of hours, and spend the rest of the day just passing the time in the office, dreaming about what else I could be doing. Sure – I could always be getting more done, but what for? I wasn’t going to get paid any extra. I guess the passion was lacking, but how passionate can you be about someone else’s venture?
Anyway, after a while I plucked up the courage to go to the Director and tell him that I wanted to leave my employment role but continue working for them in a contract/freelance capacity. The crunch was that I was going to be working remotely and offsite now. I felt confident – I knew I’d proven my value there, and I knew they wouldn’t find someone else with my skill set easily or at the same rates.
After a lot of huffing and puffing about it, the Director agreed. So, what made this happen?
- It was a very small company (4 staff) with reasonably flexible schedules.
- I had already proven my value.
- The work could easily be done remotely.