The World Is My Oyster (Can I Have Shrimp?)

March 02, 2010  •  Leave a Comment

Well. I have recently left my job of 9 1/2 years to strike out on my own to see if I can survive doing freelance work. It made sense at the time - instead of working for one (technically two, but that's not important here) boss(es), why not work for several? I can work from home, set my own hours, which is important to me with one child still at home, and have fun doing it, since I've come to LOVE working on websites and computers.

If you'd said to me 15 years ago that some day I'd have a computer sitting on my lap while listening to music on a device smaller than a cassette tape and designing something called a 'web page' that might even include editing code and adding 'plug-ins', I'd most likely have looked at you like a confused dog, head cocked to the side, one eye squinted tight, thinking, "You are making no sense whatsoever. Let's get you an appointment with the men in the white coats."

But here I am. I really do have a computer on my lap, I can hear all of my favorite music in an instant on my iPod, and I'm feverishly trying to dredge up all of my creative mojo to get this site up and running before the end of 2010 (Does anyone else have trouble typing that year? For some reason I always end up with 1020 and have to redo it), it's snowing outside, the dog is curled up on the ottoman, and I'm doing an excellent job of procrastinating.

I'd like to make this work. I'm motivated partly by the desire to do something I enjoy so much, and partly by my new phone, which is a Blackberry and now costs an extra $30/month for internet access - a first for me. How much sense does that make - leave your job and immediately invest in something that adds to the monthly bills and sucks your life away at the same time. Who am I kidding?

So - by putting it all out there, I am now obligated to find a way to generate some income. I have no choice because I do not like to fail. I might even give myself a deadline. But not yet. That's a little too scary right now. Let's first see if I can finish the site and start making some connections for business. It's time. Lock and load. I feel the need for speed. Jump on and hang on for the ride of your life. It's going to be a doozy!


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