In January of 2019 I quit my job at Mimir. My plan was to move out to the bay area and dedicate my time to finding a full-time role. So I did just that. My first task was to research what roles were out there, who's hiring, and who I would want to work with. Three weeks after I put in my notice I was getting coffee with product designers at coffee shops in San Francisco to get advice.
I had only one job since college and it wasn't a traditional role to say the least. There were parts of that role that I loved and parts that I didn't. I wasn't keen on joining another startup but it also didn't feel right to join a larger company. So I continued researching and probing to find a position that would be a great fit.
While I was in this research phase of my job search a friend messaged me out of the blue. He told me he was in the thick of Y Combinator's winter batch, starting a company called Memfault, and his team needed help. I hadn't considered contracting before but it just felt like the right thing to do. So I said yes.
Over a couple of months I helped them with product design, brand identity, web development, and more. I loved being able to use all of my skills to help them with a wide variety of problems. But as most things do, the work came to an end. Now it was April, and I planned on returning to my job search.
But this time it was different. I had more people asking if I could do some contracting work for them. I felt like the world was telling me something so I continued down that route. Month after month, I was researching, designing, and building for clients. I've done marketing websites, application design, and have even contributed to product strategy. And that's still what I'm doing today.
I love the problem solving but there are parts of the process I wish I had help for. That's why I want to work at an agency. To have partners and coworkers to discuss complex problems. To work with kick-ass illustrators because frankly I'm not the best. To have account reps to help coordinate and negotiate with the clients. With all of these things I'd be unstoppable.
So that leaves me with two options: scale up my own operation or join another. I believe right now it's more important for me to work and get experience than to be my own boss. I will learn a lot from joining an agency so that's the option I'm taking.
I don't need a fancy office or new equipment. I just want good people to work with and fulfilling projects to work on.
The other thing I'm working on has been an iOS application, I'll pitch it to you below.