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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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?

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

3 Years Since Shillington London: Robyn M-C, Freelance Designer

Shillington

Three years later, she is now at the top of her game and is working as a freelance designer—working with some incredible clients. After that I went freelance and moved to Berlin. As everyone knows, a freelance graphic designer in Berlin is a rare breed, same with DJs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Panaxea International: Freelance Graphic Designer

Shillington

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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.

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.

Freelancer

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.

8 Unexpected Ways to Get Freelance Work

Shillington

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. Ask for testimonials for your freelance work. When you’re short of freelance work, you often feel pulled in two directions. Wear your freelance work. And it actually had a huge ripple effect for my freelance career.”

10 Tips You Should Read Before Hiring a Freelancer

Graphic Mama

Working with freelancers is not always a flawless experience. A smooth working process with a freelancer starts way before the actual first contact with them. In this article, we’ve included 10 tips on hiring and working with freelancers that will help you set a good start with your new partner, and will ensure you a seamless experience that leads to the desired results. Tip 4: Screen freelancers wisely. Tip 4: Screen freelancers wisely.

Hire Freelancer or Full-time Employee: What’s Best for Your Business?

Graphic Mama

Wondering if a freelancer or a full-time employee would be a better fit for your brand new job opening? With the increasing opportunities for hiring freelancers, the factors that entice employers are many. However, not all work needs can be met by a freelance worker. So, when you are facing the freelance vs full-time dilemma, there are several factors that may turn the scales to either option. Freelance vs full-time from a business type perspective.

Zoë Barker on her success as an illustrator, facing up to 'freelance anxiety' and finding a happier balance

Creative Boom

Some of which are related to being a freelancer and coping with the modern world. On a wintry Thursday in November, I chatted to Zoë about how she built her reputation as a freelance illustrator and how she's been able to make a living out of her passion. So you immediately became a freelancer? I didn't have any other friends who were freelancing at the time and had no idea how to be an illustrator.

How to Negotiate a Better Freelance Rate, Without Negotiating

Creative Boom

How to Start a Freelance Web Design Business

Pixel 77

Starting a Web Design Business in the Twenty-First Century Nowadays, we are witnessing a rapid development of online professions, and web designers are far from being left out.

Iancu Barb?ras? on expanding his creative focus and how freelancing has changed his life

Creative Boom

is a graphic designer and illustrator based in London who has been freelancing since he moved to the UK over nine years ago. We thought we'd ask Iancu about his experiences so far and what advice he can share as a freelancer. Still, thanks to a few kind people, the ITV rebranding project (one big stepping stone) plus 200 booklets and handwritten letters I mailed to people, I soon ended up working with many of the top agencies and studios as a freelancer. Iancu Barb?ras?

Matt Saunders on freelancing, growing up in Northern England and why chaos is a friend of his

Creative Boom

Matt Saunders is a freelance illustrator based in London, whose work is fantastical, atmospheric and full of drama and intrigue. We caught up with Matt to talk about his career so far, his life in London and the highs and lows of freelancing. This is something I would suggest to people starting: don't just jump into freelancing without some kind of alternative way to supplement your income.

The Best Websites to Hire Freelance Designers

Graphic Mama

Searching for some good platforms to hire freelance designers? The benefits of hiring freelance designers for your creative project are many. Nowadays, there are many sites on the web to recruit talents – some more narrowly focused on certain types of freelancers (such as UX designers, web designers, etc.) while others list all kinds of freelance creatives. Top Platforms to Hire Freelance Designers in 2019. Freelancer.

Are You a Freelancer? There’s a New ‘Illustrators for Hire’ Directory to Join

Brown Paper Bag

It’s a “global list of freelance illustrators” whose mission is to promote and advance the careers of freelance illustrators with their directory. The post Are You a Freelancer? Illustration freelance illustration illustration promotion illustrators for hireAs an illustrator, it can be a challenge to get your name and work out there—even if you’re established in your career.

5 Tips to Grow Your Graphic Design Start-Up

Inspiration Feed

So, you’ve worked as a graphic designer for several years already, and now you’ve decided to become your own boss. You’re now ready to use your creativity to start a business. It’s an excellent idea.