Mandos Design 10 years ago…
Mark Anderson, 39, runs graphic design firm Mandos Design. He has gone from employee to self-employed and said it was the best decision of his life. He says:
I have been running my own company since late 2004. I was previously working a lot of long hours for an employer and I thought I could do this for myself.
Now I’m doing much the same hours, but I’m feeling so much more fulfilled. Starting my company was the best thing I’ve done, in regards to a career decision.
It’s a lot of freedom. I don’t have to be clocking in at 9am, but there are also a lot of pressures.
You’ve got to be out there marketing yourself, trying to get new work, putting in long hours, looking after your tax and super.
But along with that comes the freedom of being out of the office and away from office politics.
I work 40 to 50 hour weeks, scattered over a seven day week.
It’s very easy for me to open up the laptop on a Sunday and work for a couple of hours then go have a beer with a mate.
I couldn’t go back to working those hours for someone else. It’s the best decision I have ever made.