James: Why do you think this is a logical step away from employeeship to having your own situation?
Will: Yeah, I think the best example is actually some of the people you’ve helped recently. One of the people, actually, you know, I’ve become good friends with as well, we surf together. So looking at his journey from being in a job that he didn’t really enjoy too much to stepping into this new role, where now he’s got this sense of freedom, where we can spend two hours in the surf together and neither one of us is stressing about, hey, I’ve got to get back because my boss is breathing down our necks about what I’ve got – I think just the whole process reminded me of my journey, in terms of leaving my job as well.
So for me, depends on where you’re coming from, obviously. But when I left my corporate job, I was in a six-figure salary. So it was a pretty hard thing to do to replace it with, for example, an ecommerce business. I needed chunky retainers coming through. I needed to get paid what I was getting paid as a professional IT person in corporate land. But I wanted to get out as soon as possible. So for me, freelancing made the most sense. I could charge what was I worth, I could work with great clients. But I also charged based on the value I gave to the businesses, rather than that time I spent sitting down in a chair, staring at a screen.
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