On Friday I quit my full-time, with benefits, overtime pay, salaried job for an uncertain freelance future.

And I (kinda) feel great about it – that is, when I’m not feeling absolutely terrified of my future bills.

This week my “To Do” list includes following up with my logo designer, registering my freelance business, finalizing my business cards with new logo, buying a new computer, meeting with clients, finishing my home office renovations, signing clients, and blogging.

If you’ve been following along you probably know that I was absolutely miserable at my current job. I loved the people, but I found the work unchallenging and unfulfilling and un-ME. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time and I have gotten to the point where my freelance work was more enjoyable than my full time work because I was doing what I am passionate about in my freelance gigs. I am happy to be able to work in an industry that makes me so happy and fulfilled on a full time basis from now on.

“When someone closes a door, break down the damn wall”.

I wasn’t getting where I wanted to be in the traditional job search. Blame a busy work and freelance schedule, blame my experience that runs the industry gamut from marketing to event planning to communications, blame the job market, blame me. But I wasn’t liking the job offers I was getting – I know what I want, and I wasn’t getting it. So I’m doing it my way.

What am I hoping to accomplish?
Hard work and proving to myself that sometimes the structured, secure, “easy way” and working jobs you hate because you think “that’s just what adults do” isn’t what some adults choose to do.
Adults take risks sometimes.
Will I be successful? Who knows! Will I be happy? I hope so!

What I do know is that since the moment I gave my official “two weeks” I felt like I was finally headed in the right direction.

For now, I’ve got a small roster of clients and contracts that I will be focusing on. I’m still looking for more – you can find more information on my “Hire Me” page. I’m also looking at full time opportunities in the future and I’m looking at other entreprenuers who really impress me and motivate me and I hope I can work with some of them in the future.

Please feel free to share your tips on freelancing and thank you again for everyone on Team Jamie! Your support is, as always, incredibly humbling and has inspired me to do some pretty crazy things in the past week!Β 


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  1. July 30, 2012 / 11:10 am

    Good for you Jamie!!
    I don’t have the balls to do that right now. I’d love to, but I have a certain lifestyle that I already find it hard to maintain, so I can’t afford to not have money coming in the door.
    But I think what you’re doing is awesome! So, good luck and feel free to hit me up if you ever need a hand with anything!

    • JamieLeighTO
      July 30, 2012 / 8:58 pm

      Thanks Sheldon!
      I have a few contracts lined up but it’s going to be a constant struggle to find clients. I’m actually looking forward to the hustle because at least it’s hustling at something I enjoy!

  2. ValTorontoGal
    July 31, 2012 / 8:45 am

    Yay Jamie! You will undoubtedly be successful, I know this for sure πŸ™‚ It isn’t an easy path but I know you will get where you want to be because you are so determined!

    Well done!

    • JamieLeighTO
      July 31, 2012 / 10:26 am

      Β Thanks πŸ™‚ Ladies that hustle like you are the most motivating!

  3. August 29, 2012 / 11:23 am

    I read a study a few years back that stated our parents generation on average changed jobs 3x and our generation is projected to change them 13x. The primary motivator for us being happiness above all else where as our parents were motivated by maintenance of house/kids/cars etc. It’s such a stark dichotomy between the two.

    I’m glad you found a means to your happiness. Doing something you’re passionate about is so important to producing great work/content.