A Big Change
In 2010 I started working on two websites, one the Russian equivalent to Monster Jobs, and the other, a commodities trading website. One went live and one floundered, but they were my first agency projects, and I loved them.
Over the last five years, as my process and experience matured, I found myself learning more about the business side of UX design. So in November I handed in my notice at The Unit with the goal of setting up my own business in February. And In The End LTD is born.
I’d felt that I’d hit a plateau. My work wasn’t as rewarding as it had once been and I felt stale. For months I’d been writing posts wondering if I was experiencing burnout? One of these culminated in a list about why I wanted to work for myself; and it was exciting.
- I wanted to be my own boss. To choose the events I attended, write the articles I wanted, and take the holiday I needed, without having to seek approval.
- I wanted to choose my own clients and do the work I love. No longer would I undertake irrelevant tasks. Instead I would ensure all activities move the project forwards. And work-life balance is important so definitely no more late night working. If I became victim to anything above, it was my fault and I could learn how to avoid it in the future.
- I wanted to use my own techniques and experience to move projects forward. Whether old or new, I’m confident enough to dictate the tools, techniques and insights to move ahead.
- Finally, and most importantly, it’s a new challenge, something I haven’t tried before.
Last few months…
I officially finished at The Unit on January 31st after completing my final piece of client work for Endsleigh Insurance. In those early weeks I had three new business meetings, began some simple prototyping work for a marketing agency in Lewes, and unlocked this beauty in Battlefield 4:
It’s been nearly two months since the dates I discussed above. I’m finishing this post on the morning commute to the Telegraph Media Group headquarters where I’m working with the Advertorial side of the business. I’ve not had an idea for a burnout post for a while.