For sometime now, I've been considering leaving my full-time job and venturing on my own. As of almost two weeks ago, this idea has become a reality.
February 25th was my final day at ePublishing. I spent the last 2 years with this company and in that time I have learned a lot about my field and myself. This new path that I am venturing along is both exciting and intimidating. Like so many other designers and developers, I have always dreamt of going on my own, but I never took that leap of faith until now. There are so many unknowns; it's hard to tell what the future might have in store for me. Despite this uncertainty, no matter what happens I do not have any regrets about attempting something I'm so passionate about.
Why I left my job
I had a great job at ePublishing that was stable and I was able to learn so much during my time with them. However, I felt I was losing myself there. My career is a big part of who I am as a person. Throughout my time at ePublishing, I found myself losing my passion and I knew something had to change. This company helped me realize what I really want to do with my skill set and I thank them for being so understanding.
Over the last year, I've been taking on freelance work for Squarespace sites after hours. In the past, I have become burnt out juggling both a full-time job and freelance work. This time around turned out to be the quite opposite and this experience has really helped me find my passion once again. Working with small businesses who are excited about what they do and having the opportunity to be a part of that was a real eye opener for me. I found that I was able to make such a huge impression on others with something that came so natural to me.
I think it's an understatement to say that I have a lot of work ahead of me. This venture will require a great deal of dedication on my part, but I am confident. I have made a commitment to myself and mapped out my every move. This won’t be easy, but the best things in life never are.
Through the large amount of traffic I receive from my site featured on Squarespace and experience I have working on them, I will be solely focused on Squarespace sites for all future projects. I will offer a complete site from start to finish at a flat-rate. I will also offer a polish and clean up service for an hourly rate. This service is designed for someone on a tighter budget and already has an established Squarespace site. I would work around a small budget and provide you with design or UX improvements. These are only two of the vast assortment of services I plan to provide.
On March 14th, I will be launching Code Shop, a new section of my site that will provide users with some in-depth video training and code snippets that can be used on any current Squarespace site with ease. The training will go over some great tips and help users understand how to get the most out of their Squarespace site. If you’re looking to add some flare, code snippets will offer custom design options with easy to understand instructions. The code snippets are exclusively made for Squarespace sites and will give users more creative options than Squarespace provides.
Understanding my passion
If you missed it, about three weeks ago, I released one of my personal projects that has been in the works for months. This project was a short video that captures my personality, goals and passion within my career. The primary goal of this video was to help me establish trust with potential clients moving forward and to create a great connection with my audience.
I'd like to ask that you help spread the word about my services in web development. My primary focus will be building websites for personal use or small to mid-sized businesses. I'm able to work closely with my clients to provide them with a beautiful, well-thought website at a low cost with a quick turn around. Anyone who would be interested in my services can contact me here or call anytime at 717-525-1031. Thank you for your continued support in my new venture.