Sunil Sebastian (sunilsebastian) wrote,
Sunil Sebastian

Freelancing by Dummy

So after 10 long years, in the middle of the worst economy since the 1930s (or the 1690s, if you take the Bank of England's interest rates as your indicator), I've just resigned from my position as a consultant to become a freelance something-or-other.

It's a very strange thing. For one, my consulting company has people scattered across North America, and we tend to only see each other in the local project teams. So I'm not really sitting next to people so there's not much more than a goodbye email to send. And I haven't seen the inside of a company office in years, so it's not like there's a desk to pack up.

It's more like arriving at the mirage to discover that everything I thought I saw has just vanished in a puff of reality. Or woken from a dream.

But dream or not, I've come out of it a changed person. While I have no doubt that I'm long overdue to have left my current employer, it has been a great relationship and one that I think has benefited us both a great deal. File that for something to talk about another time.

For now, the point is that here I am, at the start of a new thing. I'm taking all the little freelance bits that I've been doing for years and taking on a new primary client and reactivating my old business.

And now I have to set up my new laptop because my soon-to-be-ex employer wants their hardware back.

Wish me luck.

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