This one is about work satisfaction. I planned to write an article about this half a year ago and I hope I will write one again in six months. It’s been half a year since I co-founded dueblo.com and I can proudly say that last week we managed to launch our new website, showcasing work we are proud of.
We managed to achieve our short term plan, focusing on the type of work that we love doing and keeping our financial sanity in the process. Having a portfolio up in a few months is something I did not imagine a few years back, when the projects I worked on could not be displayed anywhere due to NDAs and other reasons.
One advantage that comes from working in a small team is the time that you get to spend in “the zone”. Some days you only manage to work 4-5 hours, but that’s ok, sitting 8 hours in a chair should not be a goal in itself. But other days, when I’m really focused, I can work for 10 or more hours and that’s the benefit of being your own boss, you can push hard when you feel up for it and do something fun or relaxing when you know you’re not going to be productive.
There are other advantages (and disadvantages) of being a freelancer or self-employed, but I think the biggest one is the satisfaction that comes from the hard work and passion you put in every single line of code you write. Everyone knows what they’re good at and the type of work they love doing, I happen to love being a web developer. Having a great designer as partner and clients willing to pay for our work, this is a real achievement.