Something I've always found handy to keep in mind is this: You are your most important, most fun, most critical, and best client. As important as client work can be, there's nothing like a personal project that you feel passionate about to get your creative juices flowing, and to help you unlock a lot of untapped potential for future work. Whether it's a redesign for your blog, or a fully fledged web application, or a CSS animation framework - nothing pays off quite like a personal project.People could love it or hate it, criticize or praise it, use it or ignore it - it doesn't matter. If it fulfills your own needs, or puts a smile on your face, or gives you something to be proud of - that's the most important thing. You are your own favorite client. I cannot stress that enough.
08 Mar 2012