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I am looking for more people who would be interested in taking part in Freelancer Focus please see this post for details if you are interested. I am also interested in design case studies too.

Freelance DesignerFreelancer Focus is a regular feature, where freelance designers are invited to answer a series of questions about themselves and freelancing. This week Von R. Glitschka (pictured left) is the freelance designer in question. If you would like to take part please read my previous post. Any designer or illustrator can also take part in Design Case Studies.

1. Your name?
Von R. Glitschka

2. Where are you are based (Country/Area)?
Salem, Oregon USA

3. What type of work do you do? (design for print, web, multimedia etc)
Illustrative Design.

4. How many years had you been working in the design industry before you went freelance?
15 years.

5. How long have you been freelancing?
Almost 6 years now.

6. Why did you decide to go freelance?
I got fired.

7. How did you market yourself (find design work/new clients) in the beginning – (online portfolio/brochure/direct mail/email/phone etc)?
Most of my work came form my previous contacts over 15 years.

8. How do you market yourself (find design work) now?
Self promotion mailings, viral advertising, source book ad and I have an art rep.

9. How did you decide what to charge? What was the process?
I quote all projects using flat fees and or usage and buyout agreements. I don’t work by the hour.

10. Do you work from home/have an office/work inhouse at design agencies?

I have a studio in my home.

11. How do you organise your workload, do you work long hours?
I have a methodical creative process and yes I usually work too much.

12. How much holiday do you give yourself?
Every summer we take at 2-4 weeks off. I also take days off during the year just to refresh when I get burnt out too.

13. How do you keep up to date with what is happening in the industry?
The agencies I work for are plugged into the current genre’s so that helps. Other then that it’s subscribing to culture based publications and being active in online design sites and forums.

14. What blogs, magazines, podcasts etc do you subscribe to?
Blogs: Brand New
Magazines: WIRED, Fast Company, INC
Podcasts: http://www.theillustrativedesigner.com, BA Design Cast

15. How do you generate ideas/what techniques do you use to stimulate creativity?
I stay creatively curious. Always trying new things, taking on projects that stretch my comfort zones etc.

16. What about the business side of things, accounting, invoicing, bookkeeping, how do you manage it?
I have a CPA that does all the big stuff. I handing sending out invoices myself still.

17. What is the biggest piece of advice you would give to someone starting out freelancing?
Don’t wait until your slow to promote. Do it when your busy. That way you may have slow times but you’ll never be absolutely dead in the water.

18. Would you ever go back to fulltime work?
Unless Pixar comes calling no.

19. Any thing else you would like to add?
I just had my first book published: http://www.texturebook.com

20. Where can we see some of your work (URL)?
Below and http://www.glitschka.com