Freedom looms

It's now official. In exactly three months, I'm finally making a move into the big scary world to fend for myself. Although I've been doing it in some way for a while, as of 1st October, I will be 100% entirely and utterly completely freelance.

This is a little bit terrifying, but a big bit exciting. Although I'm aware that it's going to be a massive challenge and a bit rough at times, this is what I've wanted to do for a long time. In-house at a quango is no place to be a graphic designer without losing your soul! Dr B is, of course, being amazing and supportive and encouraging. Right now, my head is full of ideas and shopping lists and questions. So many questions:

  • Buy or subscribe to Creative Suite?
  • Where did I put my business cards?
  • Do I need an iPad?
  • Where do I get cheap Pantone books?
  • How do I get that final 5% of my LinkedIn profile complete?
  • How does one go about finding an accountant?
  • Which of my many, many posters am I going to hang in the studio?
  • Are Dr B and I ever going to agree on whether our spare room should be called a study, an office or a studio?
  • Should I aim to specialise, or offer a broad range of services?
  • What's the best way to actually get an iPad – outright or with a contract?
  • Do I need some accounting/project management software?
  • How much do you charge for writing stuff these days?
  • Is it appropriate to be writing completely open blog posts about this sort of thing?
  • Who do I get to take nice photos for my rather neglected portfolio?
  • How do I deal with my home and work being one and the same place?
  • Should I get a lab coat?
  • What sort of healthcare/illness insurance do I need?
  • When does the iPad 3 come out?

I'm looking forward to finding out the answers to all these questions (and coming up with about a thousand more, no doubt). I'll be blogging my through the whole adventure – so watch this space for professional growth, learned lessons, wisdom, blind panic and frequent front-line reports from the ceaseless conflict between confidence and doubt.