The big picture:
I’ve been a generalist for the last 7 years doing everything possible to keep alive my little creative agency comprised of me, my girlfriend and occasionally a copywriter from another city. I do most of the creative and technical work while my girlfriend handles the clients and some social media accounts. We mostly offer primary branding and web design services but over the years I’ve done many things from logo design to print design, packaging design, web design and when it comes to coding I’ve tried many CMS and eCommerce platforms but finally settled on WordPress (CMS) and Prestashop (eCommerce) using mostly HTML, CSS some JS and PHP. Now 7 years is a lot of time in the digital era and I feel like we’re not going anywhere with this and our bank accounts tell the same story even though we try to keep up with the latest trends in our field.
Our current clients base is mostly small to medium local companies which are not willing to spend much money on branding and web design. It’s enough for my small agency to survive but not much else and so we can’t grow as a business and we can’t increase our revenue.
The main goal is to be able to move to another country, a more civilized European country to be exact, because we are tired of the crap, the corruption, the people and everything else in our country (we live in Romania by the way).
In order to afford this move we would need to make more money and be able to work remotely.
- Here comes UX Design. An option would be for me to get a remote job as a UX Designer. In order to achieve this I would first need to get educated in UX Design and create a portfolio, which could take quite some time. Then of course there’s the part of finding the right job which won’t be easy for sure.
- Another option would be to team up with another UX Designer under the name of my current agency and provide UX/UI design services remotely. The problem here would be finding clients all the time and keep a constant work and cash flow to make the business reliable. And I’m not sure how hard it is to find clients for UX services. On the other hand this plan could start working right away as soon as I find a suitable partner and some clients.
What do you think about the two solutions above? I could really use some advice/opinions at this point from the veterans in the field.
Thanks in advance!