Why Working For Yourself (or a Friend) is as Awesome as it Sounds
Admittedly it’s only been a week, but so far, my new adventure making fun things with the team at LooseKeys has been a blast!
I’m not entirely used to working from home on a regular basis, much less not going to a place to work around other people who are also working. It’s been a weird transition, but one that I am thankful for everyday.
First, I get the chance to work with people whose work, style, and drive I totally respect. Being around likeminded designers who have more experience than you definitely helps you to be the best you can be. For the first time since I started making videos as a long-haired, middle school punk, I feel like I’m an artist who is directly responsible for the product of his company; it’s a great feeling.
Second, while at first I was feeling like I was playing hooky or not attending staff meetings, at the end of each day I look back and realize that I was able to accomplish everything I wanted. I spend more time with projects, briefs, and big ideas than I’ve ever had the chance to. I also get the chance to be more social on the Internet and make connections that directly connect with my work and my company.
Third, in my free time this week, I’ve been tinkering, doodling, and thinking up new things to do and how I can apply them to building this company even more. It’s been years since I’ve drawn for fun, but now I feel that I have a chance to step back and do a doodle or two that could someday end up in a project.
In no way am I saying quit your job and go work with your friends; it’s not for everyone. I wasn’t sure if it was for me either. But after a week of being asked to make fun things that I smile at while I work, I can’t imagine working everyday at something that I love more.
It took me years to get to this point. I just didn’t quite know how I was going to get here or the path that I’d take, but here it is. I’m having a blast after only one week and I can’t wait to get started on the next week, the week after that, and the week after that, and… oh you know.