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Back to the grind

Wednesday, 16th February 2022 ◆ 10 years of French cadet losing time (6)

When I went freelance last February, I had intended to spend more time on my own projects, and make more games. However, it didn't quite work out as planned, largely due to the fact I became restless and ended up picking up freelance work. I've long thought that for me "the more I do, the more I do", that is to say, whether or not I have a full-time job doesn't seem to influence the progress I make on my personal projects; or perhaps even that when I am doing lots of obligatory work, I end up doing more hobby work too.

The freelance projects I worked on were varied and interesting, and I really enjoyed the experience. I enjoy the control I have over how the job gets done and when. I enjoy seeing a project through from start to finish, and having to get involved in all aspects of it. Working with different clients on vastly different projects is fun, but freelancing was not without its downsides.

It's time consuming, and searching for projects is somewhat addictiv. I found myself browsing reddit and submitting applications even when I didn't really have the time to dedicate to more work. Furthermore, where I live (Spain), the paperwork required to become a freelancer is complicated, and expensive. When I first tried to register, I despaired and suddently missed the UK, where the system is a lot simpler and more welcoming.

All-in-all, a brilliant few months that I don't regret. However, now, I have re-entered the world of full-time work in a way that excites me hugely: I now work for Board Game Arena. This is a site I love, and have loved for many years. To work for them can only really be described as "Dream Job" status. Two of my main hobbies are boardgames and programming, so to combine them for my job is ideal.

The team is small, just the way I like it, and really nice to work with. I haven't been working here long, having started in October 2021, but I already feel at home and though I have found my place.

I hope this is the start of a relationship many years long!

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