It’s been six months since Micah had traditional employment. Probably time for an update on how things are going. The short answer is: pretty well.
The long answer is that we’ve recently become business owners (The Hei Design Company), that Micah is still working on a very promising personal project that will, we hope, be to market in the next six months, that he has been offered work from all of the companies he originally approached to help him with his project, and that just when it looks like things are slowing down for him, he’s offered something new. Or two or three “something news.”
We knew we were taking a risk when we decided to go for the freelance life rather than to look for another full-time job, and we still feel good about taking that risk. We’ve been grateful that we were able to save enough money to keep us afloat those first few months, and grateful that we didn’t have to deplete our savings. We’re grateful that there have been so many little things that have come together for us (most notably being able to do exchange-of-services for business consulting and things related to Micah’s project).
And we’re optimistic that this will work out for us in the long run. But we also realize that we’re going to have to step things up a notch in the next few months if that is going to happen. I’m going to have to learn how to keep the books for our business. We’re going to start paying ourselves from our business – which means knowing how much we’re actually making. We may still end up moving to a different neighborhood (depending on Simon’s school situation), but we’re not in a position to do that right now. So there is still plenty of room for improvement, lots to learn, and more work to be done.
I think –and hope – we will look back on this time in our lives with wonder and gratitude. How did we manage? How did things not totally fall apart? How did we sustain that leap of faith for so long? And thank heavens we did it.