“leap” by ian sanders (Capstone books)

Life after the leap. 14 lessons from 14 years freelance.

“All I have is my bare hands, a bunch of contacts and some ideas. And with that I’ve got to make some money. It’s that simple…but it’s also that scary”.

I wrote these words in 2000 having just quit my job to go independent. When I took the leap, it felt very much into unchartered territory. I had no plan. I didn’t have a mentor and I didn’t have a guidebook (so I wrote my own, “Leap! Ditch Your Job, Start Your Own Business & Set Yourself Free”).

But still, I leapt. Because I knew I needed an exit. Not only had I hit a ceiling professionally, I was unhappy and getting unwell. Something had to give.

Back then I was naive enough to think that an independent work life may prove to be easier than working in an organisation. How wrong I was. I’ve learnt a lot since I went independent (I don’t really like the term ‘freelance’), so here are my 14 lessons from 14 years working for myself:

--

--

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
IanSanders

Sparking change through story. Energising people at work. Author of 365 Ways to Have a Good Day (out Nov 2021). Fuelled by coffee, curiosity, walking.