Let’s face it, being a freelance designer is something that many of us secretly dream of… Especially, as a freelance designer’s life is often depicted as that superb lifestyle that involves the comfort of working at home, flexibility and never-ending creative freedom. You alone are in charge. You can take time off when you feel burn-out and exhausted, while at the same time, you can be confident enough that when you return you can just pick up where you left off. Everything sounds perfect, right?
However, talk to anyone living freelancer’s life and you will find out that sometimes being a freelance designer, especially a brand-new one is tough. While there are plenty of benefits there are, however, also a ton of different pressures such as inconsistent monthly income, the fear of not meeting tight deadlines and many others… So, how to ensure that you are always on top of your game?
Luckily, for you, we have gathered 3 handy tips for brand-new freelance designers!
- Create a Routine and Set Your Working Hours
Let’s be honest, even though freelancing is all about flexibility, working without a clear schedule makes your day much harder and confusing… And while your success as a freelancer highly depends on your ability to effectively communicate with your clients, and get the work done on time, it is important for you to create a routine and set your working hours straight. Otherwise, you will struggle to stick with your work and probably lose a client. First things first, when creating a working schedule, especially for the first time, try to no to over plan. Don’t be too much optimistic, and, sometimes, even unrealistic about how much work you can really fit into your day. Be sure, that you are almost definitely going to have to face all sorts of different interruptions and hold-ups. Therefore, always try to list and prioritise your tasks! Prioritize your working schedule based on what you think is most important. This will keep you from not remembering things as you’re working out this plan, and it will help you give more concentration to the important things (for example, connecting with other designers on social media doesn’t rank as high as answering client’s emails right away…
- To Get Clients, Start Establishing Relationships
This is vital! Meet other freelance designers, attend various design workshops, and, of course, don’t forget to collaborate with other designers or even bloggers on different art projects. You never know which of these efforts might lead to your next client! Also, don’t forget that another great way of getting more sales as a brand-new freelance designer is to get attention on social media. While the marketplace, in this day and age, is more crowded than ever it is extremely important for you to stand out in some way! For example, try to use your unique designs for each of your social media profile pictures to main online recognition. While using Twitter for example, you can also try to choose some crazy fonts and colours to catch people’s attention when tweeting. Fonts range from bolds to thin. Where does your personality and designs fit on this spectrum?
- Don’t be Afraid of Criticism
As a designer, especially being a brand-new one, it is important for you to be open-minded and tolerant towards different ideas, opinions and attitudes. While, of course, listening to your creative ideas being questioned and criticized by others isn’t usually very enjoyable, it is, however, often the most useful way to inspire your personal growth as a visual artist. All in all, just try to stay positive and sometimes, don’t be afraid to look at things from a different angle.