Tom Critchlow

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On The Road

A series exploring my adventures as an independent consultant

  1. Two years on the road

    Written on 24 October 2016.

  2. Two years ago today I quit my job and headed out on my own as an independent. I’d like to talk about it a little. Maybe I can be helpful to those behind me, maybe those in front of me can add their wisdom. Maybe I just need to write. Being independent is a lot like being on a road...
  3. Three years on the road

    Written on 24 October 2017.

  4. Three years ago today I walked out of Google into the crisp autumn air of independence. My friend Jonathan Schnapp hosted a quit party for me at the Royal Palms shuffleboard club and I was suddenly out on my own. It feels a lot like being on a endless road trip - a feeling of ultimate freedom interlaced with a...
  5. Four Years on the Road

    Written on 24 October 2018.

  6. October 24th is the anniversary of when I quit my last full time job to head out as an independent consultant. Catch up with 2 years on the road and 3 years on the road Four years on the road. The metaphor of the road-trip still rings true - a sense of not having a stable home but...
  7. 5 years on the road

    Written on 24 October 2019.

  8. I’ve been independent 5 years today. Exactly one year ago I posted 4 years on the road. After an incredibly busy summer, my retained revenue had just dried up and I ended on a cliffhanger: And finally, note how slow I am right now. For the first time since June 2016 I’m at a lull. It feels nice...