In 2016, we’re continuing to share a different story every couple of weeks of how a past student has been able to significantly grow their freelance business by applying the concepts they learned from Double Your Freelancing (check out our last one with Tom Morkes).
If you feel your story would be a good fit, share why.
Dorian Ferrari, a self-proclaimed technical savant joins us today to share his journey from employee to self-employed over the last year. He’s the founder of Catz Design Farm, a design firm that helps startups and inventors bring their product ideas to tool-ready models for production and prototype.
Tell us about yourself – Who are you and what do you for fun?
I am a major Gamer. World of Warcraft being one of the few online games, I have been into computer RPG games since they existed.
I got my first computer (Atari 400) with a dot matrix printer and cassette drive when I was in the 8th grade. My life map runs like that. I do like the outdoors to a degree, mall-walking with my wife, but I’m most comfortable behind a screen.
What got you into freelancing? Was it what you expected?
Freelancing for me was something I had thought about for a while. In 2010 I was promoted to director, and while the experience was great, it took me away from my passion.
Come 2015 and a little politics mixed with a lot of bad corporate news saw major layoffs in my company. Being a very highly paid person, I was tagged for an exit interview – and thankfully – a very nice severance, which would keep me and my wife afloat for at least a year.
Ironically, the night before I was laid off, my wife and I were discussing if I really wanted to stay there as the place was sapping my energy and was a 1.5 hr commute each way. So, here I am.