To make a long story short, I'm a recent journalism grad, and I'm lucky enough to have an in-house copywriting gig for a fairly large advertising agency covering a niche market.
I've only been in this position for about three months, but I'm already dreaming of greener pastures--i.e., a home office, a twenty-step commute, and a schedule that's completely up to me.
Realistically, how long should I stay in this position to beef up my resume/skills before I venture out into the scary world of freelancing? I'm not afraid to admit that I'm still learning a ton about copywriting from my editors every single day, so I'm not thinking about striking out on my own just yet. But at the same time, I don't want to sit around in a cubicle for years and years before I get brave enough to start working for myself.
Is there any rule of thumb on something like this? I figure a year of steady experience would be a good starting point, but would it be wise to start actively looking for freelance work NOW so that I can ease into the transition better once the time comes?