Out of work sooner than expected

I’d written in here about how I wanted to leave my job, work on my own product(s), boost my freelance income and many other things. What I didn’t know was that I’d get to do all those things starting December, because I was let go of my current part-time job, letting me with no regular income to rely on.

Why I was let go

For a year, I’ve been working 3 days a week as a frontend dev. I didn’t really like this job, it sometimes made me hate coding but it provided me with regular income every month, so I could enjoy my free time, work on freelance projects without any pressure and simply have fun. With recent changes in the organization’s structure, they felt like they needed someone full-time, asked me to be that someone and after some discussion, we realized it wasn’t a good idea for me to be that someone.

I’m pretty happy I didn’t settle for something I didn’t want, and even though it’s all happening really fast, I feel like this might be the kick in the butt I needed to really start working on my projects and overall happiness.

How I expect it to turn out

I’ve started living on a budget. I’m not really worried about my ability to find freelance work if needed, but I want to have the freedom of mind to know I can live for a few months even if I don’t manage to get any client. I estimate that I could live comfortably until march even if I can’t close any deal until then, which isn’t too bad, a little more than 3 months worth of saving, that’s not bad.

During this time, I want to work on my sales pitch, more precisely define clearly who I want to work with, how best to contact them, how to deal with them from initial contact to our first deal and later.

While I do that, I have a bunch of side projects I want to work on, to refresh my frontend dev skills (because I failed to keep myself updated with new technologies, tools and all that), have some fun coding again, because that’s why I chose to be a frontend dev and I want to get that back, and maybe, who knows, I’ll build something I can actually monetize, or use to market myself to prospects.

How it feels

Scary ! For the first time in my adult life, I expect to not know how much I’ll earn from a month to another, and I kind of feel like I’ll need to have a lot of saving to feel like I can still have my occasional buying frenzies without feeling like I might be spending money I’d need later.

It’s also kind of nice to know I’m transitioning (even though I didn’t choose the timeline) to what I wanted to be going toward. I’ll be out of this uninteresting job, able to work on projects I like, on gigs I’m excited about and with talented people from everywhere. I wish all this could have happened in a more controlled and planned ahead fashion but well, at least it’s happening…

Coming soon

I’ve already started working on my first side-project and I intend to have something live very soon. I’ll give more details later, I don’t think I would really be able to monetize it but it’s a fun project and something I know I need and can build. If someone happens to use it, then great, if not I’ll scratch my own back, that’s good enough for me and a nice way get back into coding for myself and my own product.

As stated earlier, I’ll be working on my sales pitch, this involves many things and I want to experiment as much as possible to discover more about marketing (which I don’t know much about) and to fine-tune my strategy for the best results. These are things I’ll write about as soon as I made any progress.

Some time off. I have some money aside, I feel like I really need to let the pressure go so I’m going to take a few weeks off to just relax and let things go back to normal. I’ve never been able to sit around and do nothing so I think I’ll let myself go for a while until I naturally go back to working on things I need to take care off.

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