It seems that no matter where I am in my life, I will always gravitate back to freelance design. My career journey started when I was 20 years old (yikes, thats HALF my life thus far!). Upon graduation from high school, I took a semester off to 'figure out what I want to do'. I decided to attend the University of Wisconsin-River Falls for no other good reason other than my sister attended there and my then-boyfriend lived in that proximity. Note to anyone in this stage in their life, those are NOT good reasons to attend a school. I ended up dropping out after a semester and half, moving back home and signing up for the Commercial Art program at a local tech school.
I thrived in the small classroom. I enjoyed the hands-on experience. I had kick-ass teachers. I knew as soon as I graduated that this is a career that I can do any time from any where and I immediately started freelancing.
Since I showed horses and had several connections in that industry, I had a very niche market doing equine publication ads and logos for trainers and fellow friends hitting the AQHA circuit. In 2008, a friend and I started Mellan Solutions joined forces to add website design to our portfolio; this was back in the day of Dreamweaver and hand-written code.
best decision ever
back in the saddle again
Fast forward several years and I got a job at larger manufacturing company that turned out great products for amazing customers. I was making great cha-ching, so I backed off the freelance gig and freed up my evenings and weekends. I was living the dream. That was, until it wasn't any more. So I did what any irrational adult would do, I quit my job. Let me say this was year or more in the making and I took very strategic steps to make it happen.
I spent this past summer helping my dad pour concrete and detail cars and enjoy the pontoon, lake and sunshine. Oh, yeah, and went to Sturgis for the rally - living my best life, remember.
Then, out of nowhere, a couple people inquired about me designing them a website. OF COURSE I can help you with that. Then again, more people starting asking about logo design, and helping with their personal branding. OF COURSE I can help you with that!
A lot has changed in the 20-some years that I have been hitting the keyboard, but one things for certain....
It's crazy how life will serve you what you need, when you need it. It seems like it is coming out of the blue, but in reality, its a higher powers way of delivering good on karma and dreams.
the key to growth is making changes to adapt to your surroundings