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One year freelance…

It’s been almost exactly a year since I went freelance – I’m not quite sure if it’s gone surprisingly quickly or slowly. I’ve done a quite ridiculous amount of work, had some rough months and been nearly constantly stressed from being over- or under-worked… but it was still totally the right decision for me and I’m really proud of some of the work I’ve completed – you can see it all in my portfolio.

Actually, I will be changing the way I work a little bit from next month because I have just accepted a part-time permanent job at the brilliant Sidekick Studios, so will only have two free days a week to take on select client work and personal projects. I’ve been working a lot with Sidekick over the last three months and their ethos, working style and client list are exactly aligned to the kind of thing I want to be doing myself. I hope it will let me focus more on doing what I like (designing!) and less on client management and emails, which are one of the big drags of being a lone ranger.

To celebrate a year of working for me, I put together this little infographic using data from my accounting software Solo. I haven’t put actual earnings in because I’m British, but in general it’s good to see I worked less and earned more than my last full-time job.



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  1. Man that is so COOL! Love infographics, especially when they’re about relaying success stories. Congrats!

  2. This is great, must be really rewarding seeing it all laid out this way! I am tempted to do something similar :)
    – Charlotte x

  3. This is wonderful and congratulations on making such strides after going freelance. I can’t wait to see the progress that you continue to make and again, kudos to you!

  4. I love this! So pleased to see your first year has been successful.

  5. Congratulations on your new PT role. Your infographic is awesome! Happy Friday :)

  6. Congrats on your new part time role, and happy one year of being freelance too! It’s great to see all your progress laid out in such a lovely way. Hope the next year is doubly as succesful for you xx

  7. Congratulations! People have been saying I should go freelance but I’m too scared to, so congrats on having th e guts haha.

  8. Wow, congratulations! That’s amazing that you earnt so much more! And I LOVE the infographic.

  9. Awesome news that this year has been a success, and thank you for sharing the infograpic – it’s really interesting to see.
    I’d totally hire you if I could hire a designer. :-)

  10. What a great way to see all of your achievements for the past year! And a big congrats on your new part-time role!

  11. Wow, congrats! I literally(just today) announced that I will be freelancing full time in just a couple months so this is a great inspiration and motivation for me!

  12. Thanks for the headsup on Solo and well done on your first year! V x

  13. Love the infographic! Finally plucked up the courage to go freelance, starting next week, I only hope that the end of my first year I can do an infographic as impressive as that! here is to hoping and a lot of hard work!! As Vanessa said great inspiration and motivation, thank you!

  14. Congratulations on a successful first year!

  15. Nick Marsh

    Despite having never read your blog before, I found this post inspiring. Debating my own future, it gives me encouragement to step out and do my own thing – thank you for sharing your results! Good luck for the future.

  16. Congratulations! It is very refreshing and exciting hearing that freelance was successful for you! This keeps me motivated and makes my 50+ hour work weeks worth it knowing that hopefully someday it will pay off!

  17. Well done Kaite, this is VERY inspiring. You do so much and seem to be excellent at everything. Finding your blog and etsy shop truly inspire. Keep up the good work. I’ll be following your progress. I am sure you will continue to be a great success.

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