Being able to create your own hours as a freelance designer is a very enticing option for employment. Being able to turn down jobs and only take on the ones you want is just as enticing. When you first start, this may not always be the case but it is worth working towards.
With a strong portfolio and positive feedback you can start to charge decent rates for your freelance design work. How do you decide what you charge for your time spent on a custom design?
Many freelance designers starting out can get quickly overwhelmed by taking on too much work or working with the wrong clients. Also, taxes can be up to 30% for the self employed, so make sure you take the time to figure out how much you should be putting away on every job or you will have a not so nice surprise for the new year. What other important tips were left out that you feel every newbie freelancer should know?
For most freelancers the holidays are some of the slowest times a year for work. Even if things are slow it is important to keep your skills sharp and to continue to be productive in some way, shape or form. After freelancing for a while you should be able to keep pretty busy year round but it can take a while.
Finding work is the hardest part for freelance designers. It is even more difficult for those starting out to get their name out there. Even if you’ve been freelancing for quite some time it is always good to refresher to remind yourself what else you can do to self promote.