I need to put all this down on “paper” so I can look back when I am all rich and successful and laugh at how nervous I was!

So, the short of it is:

Just over 2 years ago, I quit my job at a small printing place, where I was the graphic designer (read: typesetter, invoice maker, admin person, tea maker, plant waterer etc).

I didn’t have another job to go to.

My folks were on their way overseas for a month.

I wanted to do my own Graphic Design thing… freelance, or whatever.

So… my dad said, I run his business while he is away, and work for him when he gets back, and i can get my thing going at the same time.

Was cool… i’d get a stable income and build up my client base.

So, I set up a website, got some clients etc.

That was about 30 months ago.

Now… (well the last 10 months or so)… i am HATING HATING HATING working for my dad, and basically being his bitch (check my bank balance, send an email, do the statements, pay the rent … etc etc etc). I wake up and i get grumpy just thinking about it. small things irritate me. i am cranky and lethargic and uninspired and generally miserable.

i feel trapped and depressed and like everything is just wasting my time and stupid (real ray of sunshine, huh?)


My own business is slow, but it picks up all the time – but it is still not enough to support me. Then again, I don’t have THAT much time to spend on it – i don’t look for new clients, coz i wont be able to handle it, or go and meet them when they need me, as i am always at my dad’s beck and call.

SO… – my dad’s business is also growing, and he wants me to give more time to it…

I have been struggling with how to tell him i’m not interested for a looooooooooooooooong time!

Eventually, at the middle of last month, he brought it up, and i told him, i am not interested, and i think that by Feb i am going to be done with him, and give my own thing a shot. (see the countdown on the left of my page…? :) )

eish!

scary.

nervous.

worried.

stressed.

excited (a little).

So… I have 3 weeks left working for him, with a constant income to pay the bills. From 1 feb, I am on my own. like i said, my client base is NOT big enough to support me (just yet!)… but i am going to try hard, and work hard, and hope to god i can make it work!!

I am still going to help my dad out once a week – every thursday… sucker for punishment, no? … so we’ll see how that goes.

So, basically – if you need ANYTHING designed or printed – or something… PLEASE let me know! I need all the help i can get.

My portfolio is up on my site -print- and -web- (i am still fine tuning it – so some of the body copy is still a bit funny)

keep this web address at the front of your mind:

www.SnappingTurtle.co.za

Here is a list of some of the services we can provide you with:

  • Logo Design
  • Flyers
  • Business Cards
  • Corporate Folders
  • Banners
  • Invitations
  • Catalogues
  • Corporate stationery
  • Packaging
  • Labels
  • Corporate Gifts (branded or plain)
  • Posters and Digital Design (email adverts, digital signatures etc)
  • Web Design *NEW*
  • Blog Design *NEW*
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11 Responses to “Developments on the work front…”

  1. Shaun says: |

    Give it horns, don’t stress keep the head up.

    The rest will follow…..

  2. MeeA says: |

    I’m sure that being in a position to use your time to develop your own business is going to make a huge difference, and you’ll be swimming in new clients before you know it!
    Hats off to you for taking the plunge and doing your own thing. I’ll bet you’re feeling just as excited and optimistic as you are terrified…
    All the best!

  3. Tanya says: |

    thanks guys… it is VERY scary – especially what with a bond to pay, and water and lights and crap…

    but i guess i will make it work :D

  4. Virginia says: |

    Wow, feeling optimistic for you- the extra time and the lack of (hated)dad work will lift your sunshine smile back up, well done for taking the big step- the rest will follow :) Virginia

  5. michelle says: |

    Good for you snoo! :)

  6. Alet says: |

    Good Luck With the business ventures! Will keep my ears on the ground for possible business.

  7. Tanya says: |

    Thanks for all the positive messages guys :D

  8. Jeanette says: |

    Very very exciting! I’m sending you an email now… I came here to see whether you do logo design

  9. Louisa says: |

    Oooh, all the best for your new venture! It’s hard telling a parent you want out. If I hear of anyone who needs your skills I’ll be sure to send them along. :-)

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