My first two months in retrospective
With december 2012 i started to be fully self employed with no other job that represents my safety net when it comes to regular income.
I spent quite some time to think about this change and how it would affect my life and work. Will it be boring? Will I be able to get enough assignments for me to earn a living? Will i become a weirdo being alone at home the whole day?
I worked out some topics i wanted to focus on in the first weeks (just to keep me busy):
- brush up my homepage
- create some nice Business Cards (i know ist kinda old school, but i love to print)
- ponder about the areas in which i want to offer my consulting services
- Generalist or Specialist? this question bothered me alot and its so broad that i will create a separate blog post for this one
- engage more in the social media (not so much facebook, i was leaning more to twitter and flickr as i consider them as more "professional")
Working all alone…
My biggest fear was around working alone at home the whole day when i used to work in big companies with hundreds of meetings and where i never had my lunch alone. But so far this has worked out OKish - i use Skype a lot and other social networks to stay in touch.
Get up in the morning as if you would be a wage earner! Keep the same procedures, especially wearing clothes that you would wear in the office. All that is signaling: you are at work now!
But in general i have to say that it worked out quite fine for me until now. Though i have to stay organised to not browse the internet the whole day :) For this i use the following tools:
- Day One (clean and simple note taking application for my mac with iCloud sync)
- Wunderlist (todo list tool for my mac with iCloud sync)
- OneNote (advanced note taking app that comes with Microsoft Office with SkyDrive sync enabled)
What i definitively need to do more is:
- Spending more time being social and spend more time meeting others (real people :) )
- Work more on my photography (not only PFS but also personal projects) - go shooting! This also will help to define my brand and show me what i like to shoot and what not :)
- Increase my input for creativity - right now i am reading the wonderful book "The print and the process" from David duChemin. He argues that the only way to increase creativity is to increase your inputs! Thats what i want to do …
- Get my own (well-designed!) logo