A couple of weeks ago, I made the decision that I was going to take a look and see what was around in terms of full time jobs. Freelancing has been a bit slow lately, and things like my previous post and the response I got made me think about this as an option. Since then I’ve been applying for jobs and am now considering options and offers, and it looks like I’ll soon be “working for the man” again. Initially this felt like a bit of backwards step, but I’ve come to weigh up the benefits and am starting to get really excited about this new season ahead. I wanted to share some of my thinking behind my decision – hopefully it might help some people who are in similar situations. The advantages as far as I see it are:
I’m at a stage of life where I have very few outgoings and no dependants, but not knowing when the next project is going to come in, or when the client will pay the invoice, or how long the bank transfer will take is not much fun. I never started out with a financial buffer, which I think has compounded issues when things have come in late. The thought of getting paid every month on the same day without fail makes financial planning so much easier. And with that stability I know I can plan things for the future, rather than stare into the great unknown.
I always found that having a big freelance project on the go meant that everything else would go out of the window. I’d think to myself that if I just blitzed through this, then I could have loads of time to work on my own project after it was all signed off. Of course, things always took longer than planned, by which time the next project would be in. Or, as recently, things would be unexpectedly quiet and catch me off guard without a plan for what to develop next. While I’ll always be at work during the daytime, I’ll always have evenings and weekends. Knowing this will give me a predictable pattern to work on my own stuff, which will make planning and making deadlines a whole lot easier.
Life is about a lot more than money, but having more money is no bad thing! I’ve done the calculations and the wages I’m looking at are more than I’d be making if I had a constant influx of freelance projects. iOS developers are well sought after and well paid.
I thrive in a team, bouncing ideas and problems of other people. It’s been just me on my own all day for long enough.
One day I want to run my own company. So far in my career, I’ve worked for one company for five months and that’s it. I’m looking forward to seeing how a small, innovative company works and learning all I can from them, which I’m sure will be invaluable later on in life.
There are so many people in the indie dev world that work full time. Making games for them is not just a hobby, but a passion. They stay up late, plot out ideas on their commute to work and come up with some awesome stuff. Many of them have output more games than I have in the last 15 months, and some have even been met with great success allowing them to leave their jobs and make games full time. Every one of them is incredible in their own way, and if they can do it, then so can I.
I have no doubt that this next season is going to be a challenging one, but so was the one I’m in now. Both freelancing and working for someone else full time have their good sides and bad sides: they’re just different. One thing I want to make absolutely clear is that I’m not giving up, slowing down or backing off with Rizer. I’m still going to be making games, and more and better games than have come before. Flying Cats Game: Metro — a brand new free version — will be out soon, along with a major new update to the main game. Then, after that, I think it’s time to really push on with the next game and make something really special.
“I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” — Henry David Thoreau