What they never tell you about becoming a freelance creative

Creative Boom

Going freelance can be a scary prospect, as there are so many unknowns. The good news is that thousands of creative freelancers have been through the same thing. Many people think that switching from being a staff member to a freelancer means getting paid differently.

Surviving 2021: How creative freelancers can weather the storm

Creative Boom

Freelancing might feel precarious at the best of times, but never more than at the moment. It's a sombre truth that over the next 12 months, many freelancers will find it difficult to find work, have contracts cancelled, and get stiffed for work they've already completed.

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Top 13 Productivity Habits for Freelancers

Just Creative

Being a freelancer can be extremely rewarding. I’ve been a freelancer for almost three years, and based on my experience, here are the top 13 habits for becoming a more productive and efficient freelancer. Repetition and routine are essential as a freelancer.

8 Ways Freelancers Can Stand Out & Win More Clients

Just Creative

Freelancing is an excellent way to achieve that freedom you have always wanted. However, with an increasing number of professionals taking the leap and falling in love with the freelancing lifestyle, the competition has never been fiercer. Freelancing Guest Articles

10 Ways To Easily Grow Your Freelance Business

Just Creative

Whether you have just started freelancing or have been doing it for years, you’re most likely aiming to secure consistent work and progressively make more money over time. Figuring out what works for you is essential if you want a profitable freelancing career.

How to become a freelancer in the UK, according to those who've done it

Creative Boom

In normal times, there are many reasons to go freelance, including the freedom to set your own hours, choose the type of work you want to do, and potentially earn more money. Either way, freelancing is a great career path that offers numerous potential rewards.

10 recommended podcasts for creative freelancers and businesses in 2020

Creative Boom

Aside from finding out why someone's dad has written a porno, or what makes a guilty feminist, you'll probably be looking for insight on freelancing. For all you creative freelancers out there, illustrator Andy J Miller has a podcast for you. Being Freelance. Five years, 200 conversations, Being Freelance is definitely one to add to your list. He's also just launched Doing It For The Kids , for freelance parents trying to make flexible working work.

Marloes De Vries on her love of freelancing and the surprising outcome of uncertainty

Creative Boom

Now, she's a freelance illustrator and writer, working with publishers, magazines and brands on various commissions. I worked as a graphic designer and art director at an agency before going freelance, right after graduating art school.

Oops! Dealing with Your Freelance Mistakes

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Among the harshest realities of being a freelance web designer (and a human) is that we’re bound to make mistakes. Dealing with Your Freelance Mistakes appeared first on Speckyboy Design Magazine. Freelance Design Design Clients Freelance Business Freelance Career Freelance Clients

Dealing with the Isolation of Freelance Life

Speckyboy Design Magazine

This is a heavy burden for freelance web designers. The post Dealing with the Isolation of Freelance Life appeared first on Speckyboy Design Magazine. Freelance Design Freelance Business Freelance Career

Eight unexpected ways to get freelance design work

Creative Boom

The life of a freelance designer is a great one in many respects. At Shillington , we know all about preparing designers for the rough and tumble of the freelance world, so we've collected together a series of tips from our creative community to help you find new work and new clients when you need to. When you're short of freelance work, you often feel pulled in two directions. And it had a huge ripple effect for my freelance career.".

Making the Leap To Full-Time Freelancer: 6 Vital Pieces of Advice

Just Creative

We’re more than halfway through 2020, and the freelance gig economy continues to expand full-throttle as a viable primary source of income for all types of professionals. Once you’ve secured a few customers and acclimated to the cadence of freelance work, you’re ready for the next step.

Coventry Design Festival launches to support local graduates, freelancers and creative studios

Creative Boom

Graphic designer Chris Sanders is the unstoppable force behind the new Coventry Design Festival , which has launched this month (with a gorgeous identity) to celebrate the city's creative heritage and place it firmly on the design map.

How ‘Lazy’ Price Estimates Can Cost Freelancers

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Pricing is one of the most challenging aspects of being a freelance web designer. In an effort to help freelancers (myself included), let’s explore how to more accurately estimate costs and fill clients in on the details.

How to Make a Memorable Freelance Portfolio

Noupe

No matter whether you’re already a skilled professional or you’re only starting out in your freelancing career, you’re probably familiar with the many benefits of working as a freelancer. Here are some tips to create a remarkable freelance portfolio that will stand out from the crowd.

Lessons of Lockdown: What creative freelancers will be doing differently when things return to normal

Creative Boom

Although we're happy to do our bit, it's especially tricky for freelancers and small businesses in the creative industries, as often the first thing to be cut is marketing. We've always said it at Creative Boom: have a healthy reserve of cash before you go freelance. Be kind and human to clients, at all times," says freelance graphic designer and web developer, Simon Minter.

The Deadly Communication Sins Freelance Designers Commit

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Alright, freelancers – it’s time to confess! Let’s face it – being a freelancer is a tough job. For all you designers out there who made the switch to freelancing from working in an office, think back to when you first decided to become a freelancer.

Freelance Situations You Need to Fix Right Away

Speckyboy Design Magazine

As a freelance web designer, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of clients. Today, we’ll offer up some examples of freelance situations you’ll want to fix sooner rather than later.

How to Pave Your Own Path as a Freelancer

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Have you ever asked yourself why you became a freelance web designer? If you dig a little deeper, you might just find that individuality is at the very core of freelancing. By becoming a freelance web designer, you’ve made it clear that you want to control your destiny.

How Freelance Designers Can Thrive in a Tough Economy

Speckyboy Design Magazine

But freelancers can be particularly vulnerable to these shifts. Among the most common ways to gain recurring revenue is to partner up with another firm on a freelance/contract basis. Freelancers have a level of flexibility that makes it possible to adjust as needed.

How Freelance Designers Can Work Safely

Noupe

Couple this with the still-rising acceptance of freelancing as a staple of modern business, and you have a recipe for great opportunity in the design world for anyone who wants to build a career without getting tied to any given company for very long.

7 Ways Freelancers Can Separate Themselves From Their Competition And Win Clients

Just Creative

The freelance-driven gig economy has taken off like a rocket over the past several years. If you don’t have an edge to set yourself apart from the wealth of other freelancers, you may have a hard time keeping your new career going. Freelancing Guest Articles Clients Freelance

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How to Build a Freelance Web Design Business on the Side of your Day Job

Noupe

Starting your own web design freelance business can be an exciting and challenging endeavor. In today’s article, I’ll share how you can build a freelance web design business on the side of your day job. Business Online Freelance designer freelance freelancers freelancing web design

Discovering the Freedoms of Freelance

Speckyboy Design Magazine

One of the more entertaining parts of being a freelance web designer is hearing all the different assumptions people have about your job. Just what type of freedom comes with freelancing? The Freelance Designer Toolbox. Freelancing provides us with the opportunity to work where, when and how we want. This is especially the case when you first start out as a freelancer. In all, the overarching freedom of being a freelancer is the ability to decide for yourself.

How to Market Yourself as a Freelance Software Developer

Noupe

At the same time, the number of people who are turning to freelance is also growing. In 2019, 35% of Americans were working as freelancers , up by 7 percent since 2013. Demand is high for software developers, but you’ll also have plenty of competition in the freelancing space.

The Best-Ever Freelancing Course for Designers & Creatives – Master Pricing, Proposals & Sales

Just Creative

So when my friend, Michael Janda , announced the launch of his suite of comprehensive courses for creatives, aptly named “ Freelance with Janda “, I knew it was going to be good. Perhaps, it’s the best-ever freelancing course for creatives ? Janda has just released his full suite of business courses to level up your creative business, called Freelance with Janda. The Freelance with Janda Course. Course 01: Preparing for Full-time Freelance (Free).

How to Build Your Personal Brand as a Freelancer

Just Creative

Have you checked the latest figures on the freelance workforce? Now, the number of freelancers is projected to reach more than 90 million in less than a decade. On top of that, the annual increase in the global freelance workforce keeps getting higher and higher. Even well-established fully-booked freelancers are at risk because, well, there’s always someone who’s ready to do the same job (and for less money, too). Why Personal Branding for Freelancers?

Taaryn Brench on freelancing during the pandemic, and the change she wants to see in the creative industries

Creative Boom

After a few years, Taaryn went freelance and now works independently across design, illustration and motion. What made you decide to go freelance? I've been freelancing on the side of having a full-time job ever since I retrained.

The Types of Freelance Design Clients You Should Avoid

Speckyboy Design Magazine

The post The Types of Freelance Design Clients You Should Avoid appeared first on Speckyboy Design Magazine. Freelance Design Design Clients Freelance Career Freelance ClientsOnce they’re out of design school and battling it out in the real world, designers can find themselves in a pretty crappy predicament.

Freelance Graphic Design Rates: Tips For Pricing Yourself

Shillington

Establishing the right freelance graphic design rates is a very important process that you need to take seriously. Modern technology makes it possible to be your own boss and cultivate a career as a freelance designer. There are potential pitfalls and difficulties associated with freelancing, of course, but none as difficult as making the decision on what rates to charge clients. Graphic design, like any freelancing gig, has its unique quirks.

How a Culinary Technique Could Make You a Better Freelancer

Speckyboy Design Magazine

How many times have you heard of freelancers who failed to communicate a brilliant idea to their client, all because they never prepared or rehearsed what they were going to say in the meeting? Freelance Design Freelance Career

Dealing with the Low or No-Profit Areas of Your Freelance Web Design Business

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Starting a freelance design business is something of an experiment. The longer your freelance web design business goes on, the more likely it is that you’ll experience some big changes. The post Dealing with the Low or No-Profit Areas of Your Freelance Web Design Business appeared first on Speckyboy Design Magazine. Freelance Design Design Clients Freelance Business Freelance Career Freelance Clients

The Future of Freelancing with WordPress

Speckyboy Design Magazine

But today, I’m going to focus on a group near and dear to my own heart: Freelancers whose primary business is working with WordPress. There are questions about what all of this means to freelancers and the community at large. But for our purposes, let’s talk about how being a “WordPress freelancer” is evolving and the challenges that presents. For a busy freelancer, this can be a challenge. This could have a major impact on freelancers.

Being a Freelance Web Designer Isn’t for Everyone

Speckyboy Design Magazine

So often, I write about the details and observations I’ve had while running a freelance web design business. The truth is that being a freelancer isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. Freelancing can seem like an ideal career and a sign that you’ve made it. Today, I’m going to share some reasons why you might not want to jump onto the freelance bandwagon. The Freelance Designer Toolbox CYBER MONDAY SALE: 40% off - 24 hours only! Freelancers aren’t so lucky.

What Will the Freelance Web Design Business Look Like Post-Pandemic?

Speckyboy Design Magazine

How will things change for freelancers once social distancing ends and we slowly try to get back to normal? Therefore, take them with a grain of salt and (as the kids say) “ don’t @ me ” 😁 The Freelance Designer Toolbox. Predictions aside, freelancers need to be prepared for whatever comes our way. Many freelance design businesses rely heavily on recurring revenue from existing clients. In many ways, web designers are quite fortunate.

Barnes: Graphic Designer // Ongoing Remote Freelance Work  

Shillington

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Claire Prouvost on the joy of social media, turning a hobby into a career and going freelance

Creative Boom

I have been inspired by so many people that are working freelance and just killing it, and I want to give it a try. After being part-time for the past year, I am finally taking the leap to be a full-time freelancer. What advice would you give to those thinking of becoming a freelancer? I only can speak from my own experience, but I'm so glad I worked in for someone else before jumping into freelancing, I feel much more confident now.

Petra Eriksson on lessons learnt as a freelance illustrator, the power of personal projects and why she goes 'offline'

Creative Boom

Born in Stockholm and based in Barcelona, Petra studied graphic design at the renowned Bergs School of Communication before venturing into the world of freelance illustration and is today represented by Handsome Frank , Working mainly in Adobe Illustrator, Petra's bold and colourful works, often dotted with confetti and other abstract compositions, have become her signature style. It was about three years ago, a few months into freelancing full-time. In general, I love freelancing.

Must-Do’s When Ending a Freelance Design Project

Speckyboy Design Magazine

There are some important things that most designers never do when ending a freelance project, and today we’re going to go over what they are and why you should always do them, no matter what. But if you can retain most of your current clients, staying in touch with them so they never forget about you when they need more work done, you’ll have the opportunity to live life at a more leisurely pace (well…for a freelancer, that is) and spend more time designing.

How Freelancers Can Use Webinars to Grow Their Businesses

Just Creative

Therefore, freelancers who used to use networking events to generate leads need to explore different ways to expand their business. Read on to learn how to grow your freelance business with webinars in 2020. Growing Your Freelance Business with Webinars.

Panaxea International: Freelance Graphic Designer

Shillington

The post Panaxea International: Freelance Graphic Designer appeared first on Shillington Design Blog.

The 5 Forgivable ‘Sins’ of a Freelance Designer

Speckyboy Design Magazine

The web is full of advice for freelance web designers. Let’s take a look: The Freelance Designer Toolbox. The post The 5 Forgivable ‘Sins’ of a Freelance Designer appeared first on Speckyboy Design Magazine. Freelance Design Freelance Business Freelance Career Freelance ClientsCertainly, I’ve offered up my share. But, while it’s often well-meaning, there is an unintended consequence.