Just days before the Covid pandemic hit the US, designer Leah Chew made her official move to become a small business owner and started her own freelance design, creative direction, and illustration studio. Her award-winning work at both agency and in-house positions had us confident in her ability to rock the freelance world, but the world decided she needed just one more obstacle(!) It's been quite a learning experience and one she was happy to share with us, Rachel and Colin, your cohosts of Work In Progress.
Between us, Colin and I (Rachel) have about 20 years of freelancing experience, although in quite different fields(!) Colin is an experienced programmer with several startups under his belt and a very successful coworking space, while Rachel has a background in public relations and marketing, a short-stint as a small business owner, and two small children. (Not to say that kids make freelancing impossible, it just wasn't my calling.)
For this episode, the three of us asked ourselves: what do you wish you could have told yourself when you started out freelancing? Needless to say, our lists were long and so we narrowed down to these top five:
As they say, the devil is in the details. So, listen to the entire Episode and share with us: What do YOU wish you knew when you started out freelancing? What words of encouragement you would share with your past self? We'd love to hear about it! Catch Work In Progress LIVE every Wednesday at 5pm PST on YouTube and Twitch
Side Note: This episode was one of our first in the Work In Progress show. It came with its own technical issues and discomforts that so many new things do, but we persevered. As of this writing (Dec. 21, 2020), we have completed 18 episodes!! Colin and I are delighted by our progress...albeit one that is always being worked on ;