Category: Freelance

Dos and Don’ts for Getting Clients as a Freelance Designer

Anyone considering making the move from permanent employment to freelance work usually does so gradually. If you’re a designer looking to branch out on your own it could be a good idea to build up clients progressively while maintaining a regular job. Not only does this make the process less scary in terms of working independently, it can also take the financial pressure off you as you get into the swing of things. Getting Clients as a Freelance Designer: However, people aren’t always given the option to wean themselves into freelance work gradually, especially in this turbulent economic climate....

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5 Wrong Turns Newbies Take on Road to Freelance Designing

Even if you are a very talented designer, the transition from being an employed designer to a freelancer can be very intimidating as there is a lot that a designer need to have in order to be a successful freelancer. When you are employed, you only have to take care of your work whereas it’s different for a freelancer. A freelancer has to take care of all the aspects of business himself, from communicating with client, settling the terms, do the work and handle the finances. And it is the aspects apart from work that makes freelancing the most challenging. This transition can be made easy if you learn how to do it properly and look at the mistakes made by newbie freelancers. Our article today is designed especially to let you know of the most common mistakes that new freelancers make and how to overcome them. The purpose of this article is to help the ones like you who are passing through this transition phase or considering switching to the world of freelance. Having knowledge of these challenges before time can prepare you better to avoid them for yourself. Not Keeping Aside Enough Money before Starting Freelance Work: This is one of the most common mistakes. If you are switching to freelance full-time, you might have to face a lot of uncertainties in regards to finances especially in...

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Crucial Documentations for Freelance Design Business

One of the major reasons behind designers getting into freelance work is their passion for work and love for creativity. Since designers are more focused towards their creative side, they tend to ignore business-related details and their importance. It is commonly said that one should learn from someone else’s mistake but in such cases, unfortunately, mostly designers learn from their own mistakes. It is very important for every freelancer to learn and understand certain aspects of running a freelance business. Focusing just on creativity will make you and your business, suffer. If you want to be a successful freelance designer, you should gain some good knowledge regarding a few important documents for your business. All you need to do is work and concentrate on these documents for one time and later on you can save yourself from a lot of hassle by using the same documents on every project with obviously a little bit of amendment. In this article, we will be discussing a few important documents for freelance. Also, if you have been into freelancing for some time, you should have had these documents by now. However, it is never too late to start working on them. Other than this, if you are about to step into freelancing world, this article will really help you in preparing these documents. Let’s discuss some crucial documentation that needs attention in...

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9 Symptoms, It’s Time to End One-man Show in Design Business

Just because you started off all by yourself does not mean that you will have to work on your own forever. Even if you have been working as a freelancer, there will be times when you will have to get help from others in order to meet deadlines. If you are an owner of a small or big design firm, you will obviously have to expand your team with the passage of time. There is no need to push yourself really hard into running a one-man show and doing everything on your own. Taking help is always good because if you do not meet deadlines you will end up losing clients. Developing a proper team of professional is always a good sign for your business because it clearly shows that your business is growing and it needs more than one person’s handling. Although projects keep coming and going, however, if you feel a regular increase in work, then you might want to consider hiring a few resources that can help you streamline it. In this article, we will be discussing the symptoms or signs that show that it is time to put an end to working singlehandedly and start having a team instead. No matter how efficient you are with your work, there will always be a day when you would need a helping hand. If you are doing...

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Play Safe, Freelancer’s Guide to Good Record Keeping

Freelance is a business where one wants to use their creative talents to make money. And if you are a freelancer, you might probably be working for the same reason. Contrary to popular belief, freelancing is a business in its own; the only difference is that you are the owner and the employee yourself. In the role of the owner, you have to take care of the management and the administration of your business yourself. These have to be taken care of even though they are less enjoyable than the creative work you are doing. The most important aspect of the management and administration of your business are to keep records and keep them well. Keeping Track of the Delivered Projects: If you are sending out your work to publishers and you have to wait until they tell you whether it is accepted or rejected, you must keep a track of all your submissions or delivered projects so that you know at all times where you are pitching your work. This is important as freelancers tend to take it lightly and often forget about their submissions. For example, you are writing for a newspaper or magazine as these are the places that only allow one submission at a time. If you don’t keep a track of where you have sent your work and you forget about it, it might...

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