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Help me celebrate my 1st year of self-employment

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since I quit my full-time job to give independent consulting a try. In a nutshell, it was the best decision I’ve ever made.

I plan on writing a longer post to wrap up the year, but in the meantime I wanted to invite you all to come help me celebrate the anniversary of my independence (August 25, 2008 was my first Monday of self-employment). While I realize many of you don’t live in NYC, I hope those of you in the area can find it in your hearts to join me. I credit much of my success to this blog and most of all your readership and feedback. I’d love to be able to thank you in person with a clink of our beer glasses.

Tuesday, August 25, 6:30pm until I pass out
Stanton Public (outdoor space and killer beer selection)
17 Stanton Street between Bowery and Chrystie St

F/V to 2nd Ave
J/M/Z to Bowery
6 to Spring St
R/W Prince St

Feel free to bring friends and lovers. I can’t wait to see you there!

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  • http://www.fuelyourcreativity.com/ Rob

    Not in NYC to join in the celebration, but congrats just the same. Good luck in year two, as well!

  • http://twitter.com/jaremfan Boon Yew Chew

    congrats on your solo 1st year – looking forward to more interesting things to come

  • http://www.buildingcontnet.highercontent.com/ Collier Ward

    Whitney, congratulations.
    Your success is an inspiration!


  • Luke Lux


    I have heard first year is the more difficult one. What do you think?

    keep on rolling! ;-)

  • http://icosidodecahedron.com/ Michael Kozakewich


    How did you get your first couple clients?

  • http://twitter.com/gregpalmer Greg Palmer

    Congratulations, Whitney! I will be sure to stop by.

    (BTW, your one year anniversary will be my second day of self-employment!)

  • http://mantruc.com mantruc

    Congrats Whitney!
    You deserve the success you've had so far, talent & hard work always pays!

  • andrewmaier


    What a shame we couldn't meet up when I was at Delve:UI! I'm definitely sending happy thoughts as you celebrate the end of your first year freelancing. You made it! It's a rocky world out there, especially with the economy the way it is. Congratulations, and I hope our paths cross soon.


  • supaspoida

    Just a heads up, Tuesday is the 25th, not the 24th!

    • http://www.whitneyhess.com/blog Whitney Hess

      Oops typo! Thanks for pointing it out. Fixed now

  • Martha Mihaly

    Congratulations Whitney. Have a cold beer for me!