My First Year as a Full-time Freelancer

Ken Saunders
6 min readAug 30, 2019

Some back story first. It was something I’d been planning to do for a while now. I wanted OUT. Out of the rat race, and office politics. I longed to be free, to travel and share my experiences or not travel and share my experiences. I wanted the choice for myself dang it. I’d been working for over twenty-five years in the I.T. industry, mostly as a high-level “Desktop Analyst” or an “Application Support Specialist.” These titles for the uninitiated are a polite way of saying they paid me a lot to fix people's computers. I knew the daily frustration of driving into a job I knew I didn’t want to be at doing something I’d lost my passion for a long time ago, only to collect a paycheck that had too much taken out of it. It was like a not so subtle reminder that my soul was being leached from my life.

Midlife Crisis

I had been having my own midlife crisis now for almost two years. I wasn’t sure what it was I wanted to do. It was something I’d been contemplating for some time. I couldn’t think of anything else I was either qualified or passionate about that would put food on the table and roof over the table. I have always loved cooking, always loved being a product evangelist for products and gadgets that I’ve found over the years. Neither of these two choices was going to work as far as food on the table or a roof overhead. This dilemma only added to my frustrations and growing despair.

Two I.T. guys working out a problem

It wasn’t until when I was driving into work one day thinking about the parts of my job I stilled liked when it hit me. I’d always written about I.T. I was never paid for it, but it was something I enjoyed doing. I’d started writing a “Ask the Computer Guy” column back when I worked in City Government. I’d been writing and posting reviews of products and gadgets for years since then. Something inside clicked, and I started to feel an excitement immediately, maybe it was hope, I’m not sure. Either way, I knew I had an out. I’d become a full-time paid Writer. Almost immediately I thought to myself, how am I going to sell this to my…

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Ken Saunders

Born in New York, schooled in the Berkshires, Became an adult in L.A., found my Soul in Seattle. Been writing & drinking copious amounts of coffee since 2012.