When embarking on a journey such as this you start to question your previously held beliefs about your value in the world.
At the moment my ‘day job’ (which is actually a night job so that I can study and create while my mind is fresh) pays what is a decent amount of money for my skills and expertise. But as soon as you begin to create something, to branch out and generate thought, ideas, content and creativity all preconceptions about what your time is worth go out the door.
Looking into the winding and unknown road of freelance and entrepreneurialism makes you double check the value you’re putting on your time. At the moment I’m selling the precious hours of my life for a price that on the surface seems acceptable even inflated for the work I’m doing, but on contemplation feels ridiculous. My time, my life is worth less than $30 an hour.
Don’t get me wrong I really enjoy my job and the people I work with are great, but it’s not what I love. It doesn’t excite me the way even the vaguest daydreams of my own freelance Web Design & SEO business excite and energise me.
This is what Robert Frost lovingly referred to the road less travelled by, and as with everything that is not a standardised, prepackaged, mass marketed portion of a ‘normal’ life experience, comes an inherent danger and fear of the unknown. The unknown in the journey and the unknown in yourself.
So how much am I worth in this new world? Who knows. At the moment I’m working on web sites just for the pure fun and experience of it. My time is reimbursed through knowledge, experience and ignited passion and creativity. Now thats a trade that makes you smile.
But how to make the change from the mainstream to my own stream? How much will my time be worth? How much will I need to compromise myself, my creativity and my values in order to make a living doing what I love?