I've read and re-read Sarah's post on how she made the escape so many times that I've lost count...and I am so inspired by the life she's created for herself. She's amazing. So I've decided to take the advice she's given in that post and making a plan for myself!
What do I need in order to get started?
- New Camera Gear
- New Computer
- Organized Workspace
- Less Expensive Living Arrangement
- Savings that will last me at least 6 months in expenses
Well first things first, I have plenty to save up for. The first three things on the list are NOT cheap by any means, but they ARE necessary. That means I need to become very comfortable creating and maintaining a budget. This in itself will be a challenge for me, but I can do it! I hope to at least be able to save enough for new camera gear by August, because there's a course that I'd really like to take that begins that month. While I'm saving up for the computer and Photoshop, I'll start practicing and building my portfolio by doing portraits for friends and family. I just renewed my lease for another year this month, so this time next year, I'll be moving in with Matthew and my living expenses will be cut in half. YAY! Hopefully by that time I will have 6 months worth of expenses saved up, and can drop down to working part-time or less and can take on clients outside my circle. I'll constantly be working on and revising this plan (which is very basic right now), but I hope to share much much more of my journey here on the blog.
Do you work for yourself or hope to someday?