Today is the First Day of the Rest of My Life

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I have big news. Huge news. Life-changing news.

A few weeks ago, I gave notice at Zipline that I was quitting my job. Last Friday was my final day there, which makes today my first official day at my new full-time job: being self-employed. To be honest, it hasn’t really sunk in yet. It mostly just feels like a Sunday. I suspect this feeling will continue for a few more days until Morah goes back to work (she has today and tomorrow off) and I spend all day working on projects for my clients instead of someone else’s clients.

So what will I be doing? The same thing I’ve been doing: web development – also known as sitting on my butt all day in front of a computer. Only now I’ll be doing it at home.

People have asked me, “are you scared? Are you excited? Do you feel liberated?” The answer is yes, I feel all of those things, but more than anything else, I feel relieved. For the past year or so, I’ve been antsy. I wanted to do my own thing, but I never made serious plans to do it. However, the more I thought about breaking free and working from home, the more appealing the thought became.

As you can probably tell, this wasn’t something that snuck up on me. I have been planning this for a while (you could say years, considering one of the 2 other co-owners of the company and I first talked about doing this back when we were both working at FOX), so the idea of doing it has had a lot of time to steep in my mind.

So here I am, on day one of the new job. Day one of the new life, I guess you could say. If all goes well – and I am confident that it will – I’ll never go back to working for someone else. Isn’t that the American Dream? To make your own way in the world and be successful doing something you enjoy? Well here I am, at 28 years old, taking a stab at it.

Wish me luck.

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8 Comments

  1. Jimmy

    Holy shit. Good luck!

    Has your position at Zipline been replaced yet? =)

  2. Wow, that is awesome news! Congratulations on taking the leap, and good luck!!

  3. Phil

    Good luck. You’ll be fine.

  4. Indeed, good luck, Thomas!

    You certainly now do have A Life Less Ordinary.

    Do you have a good set of clients lined up already?

  5. Thanks, everyone!

    @Jimmy – Nope, you should get in there! I put in a good word for you, by the way.

    @Barry – We do have several clients lined and up, although they’re small beans compared to where we want to go. At any rate, we could always use more work, so if you know anyone… -)

  6. Ryan

    You’re a natural talent – end of story. You will not fail because you don’t like to lose. You have the a dedicated support team backing you all the way. As you have quoted in the past my friend: “We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams.” – WW. Now you’re making the dream real, go kick some ass!

  7. Have you worked out the difficulties related to working from home yet?

  8. Cool.. if you need any advice or have questions give me a call.

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