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alex brooke

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I’m going Freelance!

Posted on 3 December 2013

Anyone who knows me well will know that I’ve been going through a lot of decision making lately, trying to decide which path is the best one to take for me and my career and which will make me happiest (some may suggest I buy 99 cats, however for once, I don’t think that this is the solution). I’ve done a lot of thinking, and it’s been an extremely hard decision but I’ve finally made my mind up.

I’m someone who often tells people to follow their heart, but lately, I had started realising that I wasn’t taking my own advice. I had wanted to try freelancing for a while but was too scared to make the jump, too scared about what my family might say, too scared that it might not work out the way I had planned and too set and used to my every day routine from the last two years to actually make a change. I also had the words “oh alex, you’ve only just turned 20, why don’t you just work in agencies for a few more years?” ringing in my ears.

Well, now I’ve stopped ignoring my heart and my minds been made up. After a fantastic year and a half at Gamaroff, having gained a whole bunch of experience and worked with some incredible clients and great colleagues, I will be sadly departing in January 2014 and jumping into the big scary world of freelance life, and making some super-beautiful things… all by myself.

I’d like to thank everyone that I’ve spoken to about going freelance who have helped me to decide by telling me their stories at conferences and events. But I’d also like to say a special massive thankyou to James for giving me a shit-ton of useful advice which has really helped me out and for keeping me sane throughout the whole decision making process, which I wholly appreciate. I’d also like to thank Paul for telling me to “save up before you try it”, which will probably (hopefully) save me from diving into a whole  world of debt and money troubles. There are so many other people that I could mention who have played even a small part in my decision too, but then this post would turn into a list of names, so I’ll just say thanks to everyone who’s ever told me a story about their freelance life.

I’ll be blogging about my freelance experience, processes, and how I generally get on and hoping to help out anyone else who might wish to do it in the future, who knows how it will all pan out – watch this space!

I handed in my notice to work last week, and from the 10th of January 2014, I’ll be taking on freelance projects, so, why not get in touch if you are looking for a designer?