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.

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.

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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.

How to raise your freelance rates, get paid on time and make more money

Creative Boom

2021 will be a challenging year for freelancers in many ways. Just like during the global downturn of 2008, brands will turn to individual freelancers rather than more expensive, overhead-laden agencies. Many freelancers stick to the same rates for years on end.

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. Freelance As F.

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

Eight unexpected ways to get freelance design work

Creative Boom

The life of a freelance designer is a great one in many respects. 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.".

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.

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.

Alexandra Francis on going freelance during a pandemic and why creative friends matter

Creative Boom

But in recent months, as the world continues to fight off a pandemic, Alex decided to take the leap and go freelance. You've just gone freelance during a pandemic – how's it going? Before going freelance, one of my friends described the decision as feeling like you're jumping overboard.

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.

How to Find the Perfect Freelance Writer for Your Business

Just Creative

But the reality is, most businesses don’t have this luxury and outsource to freelancer writers instead. But finding suitable freelance writers can be challenging and time-consuming. We explore the top things that you should look out for when outsourcing freelance writers.

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.

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

When Chaos Invades: Keeping Your Freelance Business Going During a Crisis

SpeckyBoy

The post When Chaos Invades: Keeping Your Freelance Business Going During a Crisis appeared first on Speckyboy Design Magazine. Freelance Design Design Clients Freelance Business Freelance Career Freelance ClientsLife is full of surprises.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The freelancers' guide to pensions

Creative Boom

Working as a freelancer, it’s often difficult to take a long term view of anything. So it’s not surprising that, as survey after survey reveals, the majority of freelancers have not started a pension. Image licensed via Shutterstock / GaudiLab.

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 ?

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 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.

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 Clients

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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.

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. Graphic design, like any freelancing gig, has its unique quirks.

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. Freelance Design Design Clients Freelance Business Freelance Career Freelance Clients

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

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.

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.

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.

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. Freelance Design Freelance CareerIt sounds so simple, right?

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?

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 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. Certainly, I’ve offered up my share.

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.

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