• Noah SNoah S, over 5 years ago

    Hi Chris first time listener chiming in here so apologies if you cover any of the below in a later ep. What advice would you have for someone who wants to transition from full time to freelance design/consulting? With all of your knowledge looking back on your career what are a few things you would have done differently? I've been curious about finding a mentor - did you ever pursue this in your formative years? Big thanks from Melbourne, Aus !

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    • Jason Resnick, over 5 years ago

      Hey @N_S

      I think that if you feel that a mentor is a way to go, do it! However, before you decide on one, make sure that you know what it is that you want out of the relationship. In other words, don't think the mentor is going to do the work. They are there to guide you, but the effort is all on your shoulders.

      When I transitioned from FT to FL I tried to build up as much of a base of clients before pulling the plug. This way I wasn't scrapping the barrel when I quit. There was at least revenue flowing in so that I could keep a roof over my head and food on the table.

      One final thing is that if you keep telling yourself that you'll quit when you are ready, you'll never be ready. Everyone says that and there's never a point at which you'll say "Ok, today's the day because I've done all I can to set me up." Best thing to do is to pick a date, then work your butt off until that day to set yourself up as best you can, and then just do it.

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    • Chris Hawkins, over 5 years ago

      Jason pretty much nailed it, N_S, and just wait until you hear his episode of $100K Freelancing! ;)

      Even though I agree with Jason on the whole, I'd add this - if you haven't made the jump out of your day job and into full-time freelancing yet, take stock of your financial situation - real, no-BS self-examination is required here - and see if it's possible to stick it out juuust a little longer than planned, in order to stack up some savings cut some expenses, and make your day job seed-fund your freelancing practice. This IS something we talk about on a future episode of the show!

      P.S. Apologies for spacing it on your comment until now, launch week got crazier than I anticipated!

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