So, you want to freelance. You’ve thought about it a lot; you’ve got some money saved to hold you over while you build your business; you’ve contemplated all of the wonderful aspects of being on your own, working from home, and setting your own schedule. And, you have enough experience under your belt working for a firm that you are confident in your design skill set – clients have loved your designs. So, what could possibly go wrong? A lot of things, that’s what.
Either you’ll have someone tell you that freelancers have the time of their life by making money and living a fantastic life beyond work, or you’ll have another-somebody narrate his own awful experience where he couldn’t manage the amount of work he got.
Set aside your confusion and just know this: what freelancers really do and how they spend their time depends on the situation they put themselves in.
Being a freelance designer is great, isn’t it? You can set your own hours, pick your own projects, (in theory anyway,) and best of all, you’re not working to make somebody else rich. I love the freedom that running my own business provides me. But with that freedom can often come a feeling of isolation, as working from home is very much the norm for freelancers. But working for yourself doesn’t have to mean working by yourself. Thanks to the relatively new trend of co-working spaces that have been cropping up in larger cities across the globe, you can have the best of both worlds: Freedom, as well as a sense of community.
Being a graphic designer has always involved treading the fine line between creative freedom and client satisfaction. Whether you choose to tread that line as part of a larger company or as a freelancer is usually down to a designer’s personality and the opportunities that may present themselves. But if you’re thinking about making the move to freelance there are a few factors you’ll want to consider first…
Today we are showcasing “Best of the Web”. We have scoured the internet in search of other design driven blogs and websites to showcase what they have to offer for the week of September 20, 2009. There is plenty of great stuff out there such as tutorials, freebies, resources and lots of inspirational pieces. I am confident that your designs will benefit from these hot new finds.
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