AMA about running a design business on the side of a full time job. My name is Darian and I run the Compass of Design Community and my design agency So Magnetic.
For the last year, I've been building two businesses on the side of my day job, preparing them to go full-time. I decided to start a business that hits both sides of the same coin: Custom design for business, and teaching business & design to designers.
So Magnetic is a design agency servicing businesses with branding and logo design. What I do there allows me to take what I've learned by practicing and teach that to other designers.
Compass of Design is a community and resource platform for designers. From here I teach those in our design community, over our newsletter, the publication, and YouTube. I take what experience I get here and use it in my freelance business, hire freelancers from the community to work with me on projects, and give/get feedback on current work.
The goal is that before the end of the year to have both businesses running enough revenue to replace what I am doing with my day job. I'm getting close to halfway there and am making the big push this year.
Shoot me any questions that you all on AMAfeed have about running your own things on the side and I'll give the best answers I can. Thanks, everyone!
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