Vladimir Hulicz is from Russia and works as web designer. Three years ago, he decided to leave his job in an agency in St. Petersburg, which had secured him a very nice stable income.

Even though I loved what I was doing at my work, I literally hated the fact I’m dependent. I had to wake up every day at 6 am just because of traveling to office which took me about 30 minutes. That’s 1 hour of wasted time every day” says Vladimir.

The way he gained customers as a freelancer was easy: “I was in contact with dozens of customers every year. They were actually customers of the agency I was working for but they knew that I was doing their web design. I contacted them and offered my services for less money – still good deal for me. Several of them accepted. They also share their experience so I never needed any website or anything where I would promote my services”. 

Vladimir claims to have different values higher than money. “You can buy a lot for money. But you can also have much money but no time to enjoy it. I could work 60 hours a week and earn twice as much money, but what for?”. 

At least once a week, Vladimir works outside his home – but not in a café or shared rooms but in the nature. Forest, mountains, meadow – all of them are perfect workplace for Vladimir.

“I do it the whole year, yes. I love being in the nature, in the middle of nowhere, nut disturbed by anyone. It’s my passion! But if you don’t have the best clothes in winter, if you don’t invest hundreds of dollars into your equipment, don’t even try! You would probably say: Not anymore!

Of course, if I need my big screen or have some meetings, I cannot escape from the city. But once I do, I feel much better in my body at the end of the day!”

    Camera: Canon EOS 70D
    Aperture: ƒ/5.6
    Shutter speed: 1/500s
    ISO: 100
    Focal length: 33mm