Going Freelance

D. Paul Harrison, 30 March 2021

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tl;dr: I am available for freelance work in writing or product management/game production, though if you need a portfolio… I am working on it. (though you can find a resume at https://dpaulh.me/resume). Also if you’ve worked freelance at all and have things you wish you knew when you were starting, let me know.

Hey all, long time no talk! I hope your pandemic has continued to be fun and safe.

I love and miss you all, but I kind of decided that sitting around attempting to think of things to put on social media wasn’t doing my mental health any favors, so I flipped out my Facebook icon for Twitter on my phone, which is… better? It’s better. Or at least, different. This has probably meant that I’ve missed important things, much drama, and many birthdays, but it’s what I needed to do.

Now, the meat of it is all career-related. I’ve worked on the current product I work on since 2015 and have been there through all the highest highs and lowest lows, as only someone else who has worked in startups can commiserate with.

Starting in April, I am reducing my hours at my current day job and switching to freelance, to give me more space to decide where I want to take my career next and focus on some other projects. My current plan is to take my career exactly here, and see if I can make it as a freelancer. I’ve loved nearly every minute working in the healthcare space, but I am at the point where I am perfectly happy to lose some of that domain knowledge to find the right thing, whether it’s a new fulltime, or a series of contracts.

Starting out, I’m focusing on these things:

  1. Can I put enough deadlines on myself to make a serious go at writing as a source of income, or do I not possess this discipline? How long can I make unpublishable garbage before it gets good, or I give up?

  2. Can I continue my journey as a product manager to the point where I can be useful to small teams looking for part-time contract PMs?

  3. Is there a unicorn job out there waiting for me?

It’s easy (and fun) to was philosophical about how my career is my life, but it always has been. To the point where anything else outside of it also becomes a job, which becomes my life. Pandemic has really helped me step back and be able to, even if not on facebook, keep my friends closer and feel more comfortable reaching out to people when I need help, and to all my friends who have been the repository of that, much love. I’m at the point where I’m looking to change things and give myself the freedom to make these decisions for myself, and this is a good first step.

Anyway, if you made it this far, thanks for reading.