Challenge 2021 – Six Months Later

At the start of the year, I didn’t set myself any New Year’s resolutions, rather a challenge for myself, to get my freelance digital & UI design work off the ground in the hope it’ll turn into my main source of income at some point.

Six months later, what’s the progress been? 

Well, it’s still not my main source of income and I’m still in my role as a Healthcare Scientist Associate in Cardiac Rhythm Management in the NHS. Our remote monitoring service that I help manage has increased expediently during the Coronavirus pandemic and there’s lots of plans afoot, so I’m still firmly an NHS employee, providing technical information to patients.

That’s not a bad thing though, making this my ‘full time’ gig was something I never wanted to be something that happened quickly. I haven’t set any specific deadlines or anything for this year – I want it to be a natural progression, not rushed, so if that means things don’t happen or happen quickly, then that’s no problem.

However, the last six months have been a bit of a whirlwind in terms of my freelancing work. I’ve worked on a few small projects for a number of clients and have undertaking consultancy work around UI design. In fact, the UI design and consultancy work I do has actually outweighed the digital design (creating social media graphics etc.) work, so last month I took the decision to drop that line of work to focus on all things UI.

I’ve spent the last few months tweeting former Dragons’ Den star, Theo Paphitis in his Small Business Sunday competition over on Twitter. That paid off back in April 2021 as I was selected as one of his chosen 6. Now, I’m part of a network of over 3,000+ small businesses and individuals. I’ve made new connections, helped some of these businesses out with their UI design and have made new friends. Plus, it’s great to support small, local independent businesses, especially during the recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic.

I’m continuing to learn and hone my skills but clients have been happy with the work I’ve produced or consultations I’ve given them, remember this is something I’m doing at my own pace, no deadlines (yet!). 

I absolutely love being creative and have found ways to put this into my NHS job too, mixed in with technology and everything else, I feel like I’ve made more progress than I could ever have imagined six months in. 

Of course, there’s plenty more to do and much more to learn, but I’m going to have fun doing it, whilst sharing my story with you, both on this blog and my social media channels.