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I have a big announcement to make: Today is my first ever day of self-employment! It has been my dream for awhile to go full time freelance, if for no other reason than to see if I can do it. I’m not sure if I’m unique or if many of you have felt the same way, but there has always been a part of me that wants to be my own boss simply to see if it’s possible.

One of my heroes, Dave Ramsey, talks about the transition to self-employment like this:

“Make sure you pull the boat up next to the dock before jumping or you will get wet.”

About 1 year ago I began pulling my boat towards the dock by starting The Pixel Lab and by freelancing during every spare evening and weekend hour I could find. It has been a very exhausting year, but also very rewarding as I have developed friendships and working relationships with so many of you.

I finally decided that I couldn’t keep up the pace I’m living. There is nothing left to do but jump and hope for the best. Of course I’m scared out of my mind about this risk. Of course I’m nervous. If this weren’t so risky, everyone would do it. But I’m also thrilled to give it a shot!

So, what does this mean for you? Absolutely nothing! I will keep cranking out tuts and free stuff and making sure you’re aware of all the great resources I find for motion graphics. The Pixel Lab, and your support of it, is a huge reason I’m able to quit my full time job and I am extremely grateful. Please wish me luck, and of course if you have any need for a friendly freelancer, you know where to find me!

“Throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the tradewinds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain”

    1. henry birdseye
      henry birdseye04-16-2012

      Congratulations, Joren. I’ve been freelance since 2001. For a year, I have worked out my house alone and the work has never been steadier.

      You’ll love it.

    2. Alexandre


    3. Frank Busch
      Frank Busch04-16-2012

      Congratulations. I´m self-emloyied the last 30 years. It´s wonderful to be responsible for your own life. – I´m pretty sure you will do fine in the future, cause you have great ideas and are able to present your ideas in an entertaining way.

      All the best.

    4. Dan H
      Dan H04-16-2012

      Good luck, brother! And be aware that I may be one of your first customers. My business has some interesting things coming up and would love to see if we could work together. Where can we go to see your past work or reel? Would love to see your style in action.

      Thanks, Joren! Only thing I can say is “Come on in. The water’s fine!!!”

    5. DazPix

      Im sure you will not regret jumping, it was the best decision I ever made, I just wish I had done it earlier. I wish you all the very best, congrats!

    6. JG

      Hey Joren… Good luck with u new challenge i can tell that u will do great as freelancer.. i know u can do u are very talented!!!!
      Congrats from one of your followers here in UK..

      Take Care

    7. Kristi Gravemann
      Kristi Gravemann04-16-2012

      Congratulations! That’s so exciting!

    8. Nelson B
      Nelson B04-16-2012

      Im a graphic artist and had to freelance because my employer for 10 years went out of business. I always did my freelance stuff at my home office but now a year of been freelance I hardly see myself working for a boss again. I earn the same or even a little bit more doing it from my home, eating better, exercising more and spending less. Discipline is a must.

      Keep up the great work! Wish you the best.

    9. Matt Adams
      Matt Adams04-16-2012

      Congrats Joren! Your tutorials have been a real help for me in those times of question and I’m once cat who really appreciates all you have done for the industry. Keep on rockin’ out the work bro!

    10. kris brown
      kris brown04-16-2012

      Congratulations! You are a very talented and gifted man. I am excited to see your business grow with success!

    11. Justin Olson
      Justin Olson04-16-2012

      Congrats bud! This is a huge step…but from what you have taught, I have no doubt you will go far in your endeavors. Congrats again!

    12. andyweak

      Congrats Joren, wish you all the best!

    13. Junior

      Your news is ver motivating!!!!

    14. Shalom Ormsby
      Shalom Ormsby04-16-2012

      Congratulations, Joren! I have no doubt that you’re going to be hugely successful in your new solo venture.

    15. Phil White
      Phil White04-16-2012

      Congratulations Joren!

      I hope one day to find the confidence to take the plunge as you have!

      I wish you success

    16. Steve

      Congratulations on taking the leap!

    17. Lu

      It’s a BIG milestone in one’s life, an accomplishment, and just plain feels so good
      because you’ve done it!

      If you have self-discipline coupled
      with some drive and pace yourself as
      to keep the steam going – that’s the ticket!

      And remember to appreciate yourself as well!

      HUGE Congrats Joren!!!!

      I’m a big fan : )


    18. Thomas

      All the best from my side, best wishes

    19. fasteddie

      Congrats Joren, super-pumped for you dude! For what it’s worth I will keep buying your model packs as a loyal fan (for 10% of what you make each year of course!) Seriously though, I’m sure if you continue to work so hard and display the skills you have shown in your tuts, you have nothing to worry about. I wish you the best and thanks for all the great tuts and models 🙂

    20. Rogue Robot
      Rogue Robot04-16-2012

      Good luck! Best decision you could make.
      By the way, what are your rates?!

    21. Tom

      Congratulations! Hope all goes well.

    22. Deiby

      Congrats and Good luck!

    23. DesignedByJeff

      I am very happy for U. I am also thinking about jumping on the bandwagon but not quite yet!
      I wish you all the best for this new challenge!

    24. Bluworks

      Hi Joren,
      what a wonderful and exiciting news!
      That reminds me of June 2011: I did the same choice.
      Your words are so true to me and I share your feelings. But life is one and I think it’s a must to give ourselves a chance “simply to see if it’s possible”.

      So, keep rocking and I wish you all the best!


    25. remco

      Let’s make this a powerboat mate!

    26. Stephen

      This topic has been weighing on my mind for quite some time. I think it is time for me to do the same, but man is it scary to make the leap.

      Congrats Joren! Any advice or knowledge you could impart during your transition would be great!

    27. CASELAT

      Just watch out for those taxes.

    28. Philip

      Im freelancing 10 years now, i would never go back, you get paid for the hours you put in as opposed to a take out pizza for working overtime, and if you wanna take a break its up to you. Given the quality of your work and excellent attitude you will have no problem. Its the start of the rest of your life, enjoy.

    29. arimo

      Hi Joren,
      I wish you a lot of customers 🙂
      Don’t worry you should be fine, you have a solid background.
      take care

    30. Dave Glanz
      Dave Glanz04-18-2012

      Congrats Joren, I know you’ll rock as a freelancer!

    31. Mike Cerdeiros
      Mike Cerdeiros04-19-2012

      Congratulations Joren You deserve this!

    32. Robert

      Joren, good luck man! With your commitment and passion I’m sure you’ll make a great freelancer. Congrats!

    33. Johnny Tran
      Johnny Tran04-20-2012

      Keep up the good work. You’ve got full support.

    34. Craig

      Congratulations Joren. An exciting time for you. After 7 yrs of teaching, (with lots of late nights) I have crossed over into full time media design and am loving it. Agree with above commment…just watch the taxes! All the best

    35. Todd Kopriva
      Todd Kopriva04-21-2012

      Good luck!

    36. Jordan Wade
      Jordan Wade04-23-2012

      Good luck man! Keep up the great work!

    37. Ricky

      Cheers mate!! You’ll do great! 🙂 🙂

    38. Adriano

      Good luck Joren! I agree, you will do brilliantly. I’m in the middle of thinking about the leap too, scared and excited so hopefully see you on the other side!

    39. EVANS RWM
      EVANS RWM04-25-2012


    40. Carlos Florez
      Carlos Florez05-22-2012

      Congratulations Joren! You got my full support. I went through the same feelings when I made the move, it is normal to feel this way. Everything will be fine! Keep up the great work.
      Carlos Florez

    41. VanDe Velde Ivan
      VanDe Velde Ivan06-08-2014

      Gr8 Jören, sure it wil work out for you, as for me to much Dutch competition 😉 lol

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