This question came into my Twitter DMs:
“…I would like to leave my current job with COMPANY and focus on freelancing being full time. Doing freelance is fine but the sales is where I need more understanding…”
Here is the thing: I’m not a freelancer. I’ll never be a freelancer because I’m confident that I would fail as a freelancer.
How do I know this, even though it’s something that I’ve never tried? Because I’ve interviewed lots of them. I know what it takes to land clients, to get paid, to navigate the world of insurance and taxes, and other things that my employer currently does for me. I can do those things, but I wouldn’t be happy doing them.
Also, freelancing doesn’t fit into my career goals. My end goal is to build a tech company so that I can hire a bunch of hard-working, empathetic people who want to make a difference. I want to pay them fairly and make sure that they are given interesting, impactful work. I want them to feel valued.
It’s a smart move for me to continue to work for a company that is currently doing all of that. I’m learning more than just how to be a better engineer; I can apply the non-technical things I’m learning now to my company when it’s time.
I’ll be updating the playlist as I continue to interview freelancers. You can also do a seach for SheNomads on iTunes if you’d like to listen to it there.