Growing up with a single mother, Aub did not have a male role model to follow, so when it came time to go to college and get a career, he didn’t know what to do. Faced with the choices, he tried college, but it didn’t last long. Instead, he enlisted in Air Force and became a diesel-engine mechanic on a flight line (how rad!). A few years flew by, and just as he was getting an itch to do something new, an opportunity emerged. First, Aub thought of law school, but that did not sit well. Instead, he became a designer. He liked the classes and he was good at it; his career chose him.
With a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck, Aubrey joined Twilio as employee #2, right there with the co-founders. But, unfortunately for him, before Twilio became a rocket ship that it is today, Aub got home-sick and following his heart, left the company a little too early for the stock to vest. He traded millions of dollars for a family, a pretty rad dad move in our books!
After a couple of sprints at various companies and design shops, Aub thought it was a great time to start one of his own. It was not going to be easy, but he devised a great way to transition into the freelance work s.t. him, his employer and his wife would get the most of it. Three years later, and a number of great clients under his belt, Aub emerged as a stronger designer, leader, and a dad. His clients got great deliverables, his kids got an involved dad, and his wife a supporting husband.
Working from home and having a partner that supported Aubrey’s entrepreneurial drive also enabled them to do something different - instead of sending their kids to a public school, Aub and family started homeschooling instead. It was not their first natural choice, but after talking about it and doing some research, they gave it a try. So far the results have been outstanding.
Freelance and home-schooling is working out great for Aubrey and his family, but he would be the first to tell you that it is not always rainbows. If you are thinking of becoming a parent, there are some things you should consider, and much the same way, if you are going to be a parent and a freelancer, you better be ready.
Listen to the full episode of the Rad Dad show to hear Aubrey’s story, his advice, joys and struggles. You will be a better parent after hearing what he has to say.