It has been a busy couple of weeks, hence missing last week, but I've now got two clients, which feels very good. Work is well underway on Project Hadley for the first client, more about that at a later date. Work starts with the second client on Thursday this week, with an onsite meeting. The need to be secret seems to be the death knell for week note posting for many people, but I'll try to keep at it beyond the worked on secret thing update.
I'm still finding Freeagent a real help to organising the admin side of my business, so I'll be signing up for that when the trial runs out. I've got an accountant now and have my first meeting with him this week, which should help with the bigger picture in terms of the finances.
One of the things I miss about being freelance is the overall shape that a larger company gives to a working life. I don't mean Outlook and silly network policies, but more the sense of overall direction and pattern of sometimes useful meetings. The last month and a bit have been part filled with a search for that shape. Getting some clients helped move things on to a more convincing basis for me too. Now there is a stable pattern forming. The beginning of the week is client work until Thursday, when I can catchup on admin or reading, then I get to spend the afternoon with my first son, finally Friday is more client work at the minute, but in time might become my twenty percent day. It is not a complex rhythm, but finding the edges of my working life and where it stops is feeling necessary. Every minute could be a working minute, but I think that is not a good route. Solving the eternal work vs life balance, when there is a lot of flexibility in working style, still needs as much thought as when there is a 10-6 expectation too. That said I'm really enjoying being freelance, even when it spills out in to the whole of my day.