I’m Over It, Now What?

It’s taken me a really long time to figure this out: web development is just not my thing. It used to be, but I’ve realized over the past couple of years that I enjoy data science and digital marketing (and not so much web development). I really am over combing through code and updating people’s contact information every day. My brain needs more exercise. Soooo, what do I do?

Several of my friends have jumped the higher ed ship & have started their own web businesses. I would like for consulting to be my full-time job, but I am scared to take the leap, mainly because of insurance and other benefits. The people I know that exited are happy and they seem to be successful. I am afraid that I won’t be able to find enough work to say adios right now.

Please, let me know about your experiences. Are there things you checked off the list of to-do items before you did your own thing? I need some advice!


  1. Ronsays:

    There are a lot of pathways to this, but it seems like the best way is really to get into situations where you can demonstrate your newfound interests. Whether that’s a new job, finding a way to integrate these skills into an existing role or finding external opportunities to demonstrate the skills outside of your current practice, the actual doing part will give you the confidence to assert your next move, whatever it is.

    The real challenge of independence is consistently lead generation without a safety net. It’s not impossible, just a bit harrowing at times and might not afford you the opportunity to do the same research and study that you might have now, which could affect the ability to grow your practice.

    So the answers? I think it’s self-assessing where you want to be in a year with this work and then deciding how to move forward.

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