Building a Haum

Excited. Scared. Nervous. Buzzing. Searching. Proud.

After thinking about it for most of the past year, I’ve done it! Two weeks ago I handed my resignation notice, second time in 2 years. The main reason for the delay in the final decision, that and the fact that I’m shit-scared of what is coming. I decided that it is time to create and run my own thing, it’s not that I got disgruntled with any of my previous employers but felt that both the direction I want to go towards is different from what I have been experiencing whilst working for someone else and also the feeling that I need to take an extra step to develop further as a designer / person has definitely played a part.

Since being a young child I had a role model on this same matter, my dad has also jumped ship and started his own thing. Nothing related with design, quite far from it (and boring too) but looking back on it I’m immensely proud of what he has achieved. There were stressful times but for most parts it was actually pretty good. That’s what I want. Not only the challenge to prove myself but also being able to control (to some extent) what I do and where I want to go in life.

I’m under no illusions that this will be really hard, specially with a young child on tow but our little man is what really made me want to jump (literally too but that’s another story). I’m also aware that it will be something of a evolutionary path, despite having a plan on what to do and how to do it, it still is unknown territory to chart. But as they say.. you can only do it if you try it. And I’m tired of being afraid.

There will be more details about this business venture but it will be something small, personal, honest and homely (how I like it). And yes, design related. Feel free to give me a buzz if you would like more info about the project at renato@madeathaum.com