When you do web design for a living you start to realize that it is ALWAYS feast or famine. There never seems to be a comfortable steady stream of work. Projects fly in all at once and before long you have this list of “To-Do’s” that is almost crippling. The problem is that you are afraid to say “No” to any project that has a dollar amount affixed to it because you don’t know when projects will just suddenly stop coming in – which does happen, if only momentarily.
After 3 years of being self-employed I’ve started to get used to this roller coaster but I’d like to get into a rhythm where I learn to ride the coaster and it becomes a joy instead of a nightmare.
Right now I’m working on 3 websites, one that has a logo project attached to it. Two PowerPoint projects. A mega tour launch for one client which requires a boat load of graphics and a plethora of new page designs. In total I have booked around 250 hours of work this month. But, around 50 hours of that will be unpaid hours going to and from clients offices, phone calls to take initial requests for projects and back and forth emails from prospective clients as well as day-to-day maintenance of running two businesses. Booking clients for DJ events and making out invoices and doing taxes.
Being self-employed is not easy – but I’m really not complaining. I don’t have to set an alarm in the mornings. I get to set my own hours – which translates to me working all the time – and I don’t have a boss, I have clients and that is much different than having a boss – even though I always had great bosses when I worked in the corporate world.
Anywho, I better get back to work, I just thought I’d make a quick post while waiting for some files to upload.