Web design for me is not work.
‘Work’ and ‘getting up for work’, ‘going to work’ or ‘being at work’ was all about my previous day job where my hard work benefited someone else. Web design for me is not work. Why? The simplest answer is a question, “If web design is work, why do I enjoy doing it so much?” You cannot enjoy doing something so much and call it work. Can you?
I had been thinking more and more about not only what I want out of life but also what I want out of work. You may be thinking, “Why didn’t he say ‘out of business’ instead of out of work’?” The answer is – I want to focus on the word ‘work’ not to having any negative connotations for me any longer.
I was juggling two jobs. My own web design business, DesignWrite, and my previous ‘day’ job. The day job paid the mortgage and bills but as I was getting more and more web design work I left this behind and began to work solely for myself, on my own business and on the projects I choose.
I’ve been ‘doing’ web design (- not ‘working’!) for over three years. It started as a hobby, or rather as a favour to my father; and bloomed and blossomed from there. Suddenly I found something I absolutely love doing. I love the design and coding equally. I love turning my sketches and diagrams, then tags, properties and attributes into something wonderful. I’ve kept up with all the latest changes, updates and innovations and enjoyed every second of it. I read book after book on web design, post on web design forums, join in discussions on HTML, CSS3 and WordPress, and offer my opinions and advice to other web designers.
Web design was something to do when I wanted to relax and have fun.
Holy epiphany, Batman!
I woke up one morning, went to ‘the day job’, looked around and ZAAAP! It suddenly hit me like a bolt of lightning. What the hell was I doing? Why was I slogging away for someone else when I could be doing something I love for myself? Now, I’m sure a lot of people out there have had the same thought. But unlike many who are still searching for their passion, I know what it is I love. Web Design.
Cogs started to turn
Web design is not all I love. My other passion is language and writing. Why not put the two together? I started to research and to put all my ideas in some form of cohesive order. Cue the blog.
One of the first bloggers I came across who runs a business similar to what I do is Rob Cubbon found at RobCubbon.com. Check him out (but not until you’ve finished reading this!). I read several of his articles and followed the links on his site to other bloggers out there.
Reading article after article, post after post, I thought I can do that. Now I’m not saying blog writing is easy. It’s not. I put a lot of preparation into my articles and have my own checklist to make sure I’m including and doing everything I need to do for every post. A great place for help with blog writing is Copyblogger. I’ve found a lot of answers to my questions on there and some answers to questions I hadn’t even thought of about blog writing.
Now I have a plan. I will design and code websites. I will write my own blog posts. I will write copy for client’s websites (something else I love doing!). I will expand into other areas that complement my business (I’ve been designing and writing brochures and leaflets for years). I will enjoy work and the challenge that it brings. I will continue to learn and improve my skills and knowledge. I will look forward to going to work every day. I will be successful.
Now I am working tirelessly to raise the profile of my company, DesignWrite, to attract more and more clients. I have business pages on Facebook, and Google+ and an active Twitter account where I share my research finds to help other web designers. I am determined to succeed. I will succeed.
The most important thing for me is that I enjoy work. I want web design and writing to be fun, and it is. I want work to be something I look forward to, and it is. I want the word ‘work’ to be synonymous with ‘fun’.
A note of caution. Please do not confuse ‘having fun’ with being lazy. Remember just because something is fun doesn’t mean hard work hasn’t gone into it. In fact if something’s fun and you are enthusiastic and motivated about what you are doing you tend to work harder at it! Think about it, it’s probably true for you too.
The next step
I have my plan. What happens next? The answer to this is easy. I will continue to promote my business and my website.
If you are a potential client reading this then please contact me and we can discuss how I can help you. If you are someone currently in a similar position to me then I recommend you keep working hard and find ways to promote yourself and your business. Explore all options, think about your strengths and what you love doing. Do you love web design and writing as much as I do? Then keep in mind three magic words:
I will succeed.