This week we’re talking about quitting your job to go full-time independent creative. So without further ado, let’s get into the show!





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Show Notes for This Episode:

[1:00] Tom asks the gang what superpower they would like to have.
[2:00] Lisa and Dustin discuss their choices.
[3:00] Dustin wants to buy Lisa a cute bunny tattoo for Christmas.
[4:00] Whose getting a “Lettering Daddy” tattoo?
[5:20] Lisa gets asked about leaving the 9-5 grind often.
[6:00] Most often people want to hear someone say, it’s going to be ok.
[7:00] Have a plan so the leap is into something rather than nothing.
[8:00] Dustin jumped from bank teller to full time designer.
[9:00] Drumming up business in the beginning is HARD!
[10:00] Ian took his time moving into full-time solopreneur.
[11:00] Ian slowly pushed away by going part-time.
[12:20] Living on 2000 pounds a month for a family of four.
[13:00] Ian and Dustin were each other’s healthy competition in their early careers.
[14:30] Mental drive is what kept Ian going.
[15:00] There is never going to be the perfect time to start.
[16:00] Tapping out of the struggle.
[17:00] It’s 100% ok to pivot!
[18:00] Open discussion on the plus side of working for others.
[19:00] The tough road of working for one’s self.
[20:00] Stop Over Thinking and Start Acting.
[21:00] The Matrix Moment of Self-Employment.
[22:00] There is fear and apprehension in going freelance, but planning helps.
[24:00] Netflix or Side Hustle? Your choice will define you.
[25:00] The path to finding your happiness.
[26:00] Making more money isn’t always the answer or the route to happiness.
[27:00] Life is way more hectic than Tom ever imagined it would be.
[29:00] It’s a ton of hard work and not all Unicorns and Rainbows.
[30:00] Ian misses the camaraderie of working alongside other designers.
[31:00] Creative Solopreneurship is a lot like skydiving.
[32:00] You can’t tell someone what its like to skydive.
[33:00] Tom shares his analogy.
[34:00] Happiness is different for everyone.
[35:00] Your work choices are never a life sentence.
[36:00] What is the real reason you’re doing this thing you want to do?
[37:00] Success? This is how bad you’ve got to want it.
[38:40] Tom brings the team up to speed on the Creative Waffle Event.
[39:00] Honest Designer listeners speak up.
[40:00] Connecting with listeners in person was a great experience for Tom.
[41:00] That’s a wrap!

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