I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

The One Where I Announce I’m Now Self Employed

There are some posts you dream about writ­ing, posts you’d love to write but nev­er think you actu­ally will. This is one of those posts.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about change. Chan­ging the way I approached some­thing has lead to excit­ing guid­ance and a big change in my career.
It star­ted with a con­ver­sa­tion with two very good friends of mine. One asked how work was, then fol­lowed it up with a query about what I really wanted to do. The oth­er laughed, asked me a ques­tion, set me a chal­lenge and then held me to it. That ques­tion lead me to writ­ing the last post about a change of approach, a change which, thanks to Gods guid­ance is lead­ing to a leap of faith.
What’s the leap?
On Fri­day 3rd August I worked my last day in full time employ­ment and spent my last day liv­ing in sunny (!?) Slough. The fol­low­ing day I moved to Chel­ten­ham, again. A place I atten­ded uni­ver­sity and a place that I love being in.
With that move came a change of employ­ment. I am no longer a rat run­ning a race, but instead a man work­ing as a busi­ness own­er. I’ve finally taken the leap into self employ­ment. Rely­ing on the Lord to sup­ply me with enough work to put food in my stom­ach and to pay the bills.
For a long time it’s been my ambi­tion to work for myself, even while I was study­ing at Uni I knew ulti­mately I wanted to have my own design stu­dio. It nearly happened straight after Uni after a little encour­age­ment from my tutor, but I knew it was­n’t really the right time. There was a lot I still had to learn, well let’s face it there still is. I’ve now been in full time employ­ment for 5 years. I’ve grown a lot, I’ve changed a lot and I’ve learnt a lot. I’ve exper­i­enced work­ing for a small com­pany and I’ve exper­i­enced work­ing for a lar­ger com­pany. Both were good exper­i­ences that taught me many dif­fer­ent things, but under­neath there was always this desire to have my own com­pany bub­bling away.
I’m delighted to say that has now happened. I’ve had a little hol­i­day, moved to a new (old) place and am at the end of my first week of self employ­ment. It’s excit­ing, a little daunt­ing but feels like the best decision I’ve made. Except that I did­n’t make it, God showed me the door and I pushed it. Now I’ve got to con­tin­ue push­ing doors, keep faith­ful to Him, and work as hard as I can.
In the next couple of weeks I’ll be able to intro­duce you to a new name and a new web­site. Of course this place will still exist and I hope to increase the level of writ­ing, and hope­fully build on some friend­ships that I’ve estab­lished through my blog over the years. It’s an excit­ing adven­ture, I hope you’ll join me on it!