Why I quit my reliable and comfortable day job

2019 has been huge for me, what a way to end the decade!

On the 1 October this year, I officially launched Anna Mollekin Design.

I had been working for the past few years as an in-house Graphic Designer for NZ Retail Property Group, a company who manages shopping centres, malls and property developments. I enjoyed working there and the diverse range of design campaigns, but I was ready for a new challenge and adventure, but I wasn't sure exactly what — maybe working for an agency in the Auckland CBD? I am always striving to grow and learn new things as designer and thrive in an environment that is diverse and always presenting fresh challenges. I knew the only way I would leave NZRPG as it was so comfortable was to rip off the bandaid. I would then have to stop procrastinating and get my portfolio and resume together and start applying for jobs. So I hit my husband up at breakfast as he was flying out to China that evening. I blurted out "so, I'm thinking about quitting my job." He said "Okay." I must have looked like a deer in the headlights because I never thought he'd go for it. Who in their right mind would walk away from a stable income in this day and age?

When my friends, family and acquaintances starting hearing I was finishing up at my job, they starting congratulating me on starting my own business again. I said I hadn't and was having a little holiday before I start job hunting. They said, well I have some work for you, can I send it through? I said, okay.

Fast forward to the end of my first official day off after finishing my job at NZRPG... my husband walks in after work, and I'm working on my computer, and he asks how my first day off was. I say "well actually I've worked all day and sent out two invoices, maybe this freelancing is actually a thing?" He said, "Go for it. I think the universe is telling you something!"

I want to thank everyone for all your support and believing in me, even before I even believed in myself. I would also like to thank my husband, Ben, for supporting me in pursuing my goals and dreams.

2020 is going to be huge; I have to complete my business and marketing plans and grow a client base and much, much more.

I am looking forward to this adventure, and I hope to share this real journey of building a graphic design and art business (and integrating with family life) with you all - the good, the bad, the trials and tribulations, no filter. Have you any advice to share with me in starting a new business?


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