1 | Both jobs create a sense of accomplishment in different areas of my life
Working for myself, and being the boss, running my own business gives me a buzz. Being able to choose the clients I want to work with, being able to network in person (when I get time, which unfortunately isn't often) and on social media too as myself and promote/share design goodness.
2 | I get to work on totally different projects
This isn't always strictly true, I get to work on brand development and website design in both jobs, the difference is that the clients are all very different, the industries are different, and more importantly the designs are different as the requirements are different.
3 | I get to learn....a lot
Running my own business means I am constantly learning about how to do things - accounting and bookkeeping, project management, managing clients, etc. I love being able to learn new things about the business side of running my own small business. Regards to working as the in-house designer, I get to learn about how to work with developers, what design assets they will need from me when it comes to handing over my designs, and I also learn how my designs will be implemented without my development hat on.
4 | I get to focus on different areas of design
This is a big one for me. My small business focuses on creating strong brands and beautiful websites for small businesses and startups. I create the design of the website and then develop in Squarespace. That is the chosen platform for my business and I also recommend it to my clients and other small businesses. With regards to my in-house designer position, I get to work on a larger variety of projects, sometimes at a larger scale. For example, I am currently working on designing a mobile app which I have worked on the UX and UI for from scratch. Being able to work on different areas of design in both my jobs means I have the ability to design for every medium. It's a great feeling knowing I can design pretty much anything given I have Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign!
5 | I get to stop when I want too
Last but not least, I get to choose when to stop taking clients on in my freelance business as there are luckily no financial strings attached to it. I can push as hard as I desire to find my next client or I can take the back seat and be happy to be working as an in-house designer. I am grateful that I am able to say that and not worry as I love the in-house designer job as well.
As demanding as it is to run my own business and work part-time, I wouldn't have it any other way. Do you have a side hustle? What is it and how does it fit into your life?