Freelancing: Notes From Month 1

Today marks my 1 month anniversary of going freelance 🎉. On September 14th I set up shop with my own business and launched eighty®, a digital-first studio I proudly co-founded and run with my brother Jordan. Although it’s only been a month, I feel like my working landscape has completely changed and I’ve got a lot to reflect on.

 

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New Habits 📚

I’ve been listening to a lot of self-improvement audiobooks on Headway, most of which boil down to the importance of cultivating good habits. I’ve personally felt a massive benefit from this, particularly while trying to find a good work-life balance. It’s easy to think that if you stick your head down day and night without coming up for air, you’ll be more productive.

 

Creating new habits has helped me realise that sometimes going for a walk, playing a video game or, most of all, sleeping is the best thing you can do for your productivity. Good, simple habits can also help you to stay more focused and organised – essential when you’re working alone.

Setting Goals 🧘

I’m usually quite organised as it is, but running a business, marketing myself, networking and generally being busy with photography, video production and web development has highlighted how important it is to stay focused. A good way to do this is to set goals.

 

This relates to things like setting project deadlines, generating leads, winning awards 😏 and growing a network. It also relates to personal aspects of my life such as getting fitter and looking after my mental health (looping back around to habits).

Always Learn 🧠

The greatest basketball coach of all time said “You’re only a success for the moment that you complete a successful act.” – it worked for MJ. I started focusing on self improvement around 16 months ago when I began taking coding seriously again, not only that but starting my Full-Stack Web and Software Development course and Microsoft MTA.

 

Diving deeper into things I was passionate about immediately lead to further professional development as well as personal development, so the two things went hand-in-hand as a no-brainer. Challenging myself became addictive and I had never found myself enjoying learning as much in my life, which ultimately lead me to taking more leaps. So far building new habits, setting strong goals and being open to learn has been a key combo for me.

Key Take-Aways:

Some things this first month highlighted:

TL;DR

The first 4 short weeks have been challenging but hugely rewarding and exciting and I’m looking forward to creating more cool sh*t with my network.

 

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