Today marks four years as a free-agent for me. This has been a learning experience every day and I still don’t have any easy answers for anyone else considering the life of an independent consultant. The best part is the lifestyle and the flexibility while the worst aspect is constantly chasing after more work and managing cash-flow (that’s the part that people with regular paycheques don’t understand).
There have definitely been some interesting aspects to this career choice. On the positive side, because of my blog, clients have found me through search engines. On the negative side, I’ve had clients go bankrupt before paying me and I’ve also been stiffed for my services. I’ve learned something from every one of my clients and I have especially enjoyed some of the non-profit organisations, with their unique challenges.
I would not have been able to go out on my own if the Web didn’t exist, as much of my work is at a distance. I’ve had several clients whom I’ve never met face to face. However, I think that my frequent slow periods may be a result of not enough face to face encounters. People forget you when they don’t see you regularly and that’s a disadvantage of living in sparsely populated Atlantic Canada. Obviously, not everyone lives on the Web.
At this time, my hope is to celebrate my fifth anniversary.
Photo of Monet’s, The Four Trees, by Maulleigh.