A month ago, I handed in notice at my job of over 10 years. I’d been thinking about it for months and the time was right for me to take that step off the edge. I’m pretty conservative and risk averse and I don’t think you’re ever completely ready, but I was as ready as I would ever be.
Over the past few weeks, I have written and posted a job description for my replacement, sorted through applicants, interviewed, selected and handed over my position to someone else. There was so much that I did without thinking that it was hard to define them all into step by step. When you have been somewhere for so long, it’s all automatic. Which was one of the reasons why I had to leave. I was no longer growing. I was a root-bound plant.
4 years ago, I started a design and illustration company with The Koala under the guidance of a business mentor. We got an accountant, registered for GST, made a website, and set up the things you might need to run a graphic design business from home. Since then, the graphic design work has been strong but the illustration work has slowly dropped away. This has been replaced with photography and food styling work which are now big part of the business and my growing edge.
I love food and I love design and photography for food clients. This blog has been instrumental in this journey.
It’s been fascinating being a business owner and seeing how it grows and changes over time. I’m also lucky that the nature of my work means I also get to see new business grow and develop. I get to help my clients’ dreams come true.
The Koala’s job takes him away from our business but it has also allowed us the freedom financially to take this leap. The last few months have been really good, keeping in mind that I’ve only been working part time in the business. I know I’ll have to hustle to find more work to fill in my days. I’ve never been all that good at hustling, but I’m working on it. I hope that my passion and experience brings clients to me.
I’ve tidied up my office space (a portion of our lounge), throwing out a bunch of stuff, streamlining the storage, and installing a whiteboard to keep me organised. The Koala treated me to a some beautiful plants to keep me company including a very much coveted fiddle leaf fig. I can’t stop admiring my new office buddies and I’m excited to see them grow. We’ll all grow.
I’m both terrified and excited about this new chapter in my life.
I don’t know what the future will bring but I’m ready to knuckle in, work hard and follow my dream of being a freelancing girlboss.