What’s been your biggest challenge?
Learning when to say no has been a struggle, especially with projects that really excite me. I can end up pushing myself too hard to get things perfect, or go that extra mile, and this has been at the detriment of other projects and personal life. It’s a delicate balance, but I’ve found it gets easier with experience. Doing a manageable amount makes your work better, as you’re not stressing or making silly mistakes.
Is your job what you thought it would be?
I’m not really sure I have the tightest definition of what I do, other than making things for the internet, so I didn’t really have expectations.
With freelancing, I had visions of lazy afternoons in coffee shops working on projects at a leisurely pace, but the reality is spending most of your time hunting down that one elusive plug socket while suffering very slow internet.
What would you like to do next?
I would like to keep exploring new technologies and, potentially surround myself with a team of people, either in-house or though regular collaborations with other freelancers.
I don’t think my role will continue to exist as it does currently, but I feel I will always work in related fields and look forward to watching it evolve.