Big Changes!

Big changes are coming!

As some of you already know, I have decided to make the move back to my second home of New York. My Finacé is from New York and settling there has always been on the cards and we have decided the time is right for us to make the move. It was a difficult decision that took a long time to make but I couldn’t be more excited!

So what does this mean for Bells and All? Well, this move comes hand-and-hand with my longing to go back to working in a design studio. Bells and All will be running as per usual until the end of the year but come January 2018 I will be wrapping up loose ends and will essentially be putting my business on the back burner. In 2018 I plan to make a fresh start, leaving self-employed life behind, and searching for opportunities to bring my skills to a design team. Alas, this is not the end! I’ll still be working on a few select jobs here and there on a part-time freelance bases when the right projects come along. But for the most part Bells and All will be saying goodbye for the foreseeable future.

I’ve been running my own freelance design business full time for almost two years now and it has been one hell of a journey. I've learnt so much about how to run a business, networking, working with clients, looking after finances, staying productive and much much more! I am beyond proud to say “I did it”. I struggled through the daunting initial few months hustle to find my feet. When I reached my first year in business the hard work was paying off with a constant flow of work and months of projects booked in advance. Reaching year two, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some major companies, build connections with some amazing business people and have a portfolio of work I’m truly proud of.

Running my own business was something I always wanted to try and is something that I think everyone should do at least once in their life, whether it’s something small on the side or a full time venture. It completely pushes you out of your comfort zone and teaches you so much about yourself. But I’ve also learnt it’s not for everyone. There are certain aspects I have struggled with. The unsocial side of being in my office on my own, sometimes not speaking to anyone all day, is a major one for me. I have recently admitted to myself that although I always thought self-employment was for me it isn’t making me happy anymore. That’s not to say I won’t ever go back to it. I’m glad I’ve gotten my first taste of it and know it’s something I can dive into again. It just doesn’t feel right for me at this time in my life.

I want to wrap this up with a massive thank you to all the other entrepreneurs and mentors who have guided and inspired me along the way. Thank you to each of my clients who trusted me and helped my business grow and thrive. Finally, thank you to my family and friends who listened to me rant and stress when business was tough and supported me all the way.

Much Love and Thanks,
Sarah