Freelancer Focus is a regular feature, where freelance designers are invited to answer a series of questions about themselves and freelancing. This week Chazzuka (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?
2. Where are you are based (Country/Area)?
Bali Island Indonesia
3. What type of work do you do? (design for print, web, multimedia etc)
Web design, web development and flash animation/programming
4. How many years had you been working in the design industry before you went freelance?
Almost 6 years, after nomadic periods in the beginning of my career finally I spent 4 years in ductch web design and development company before starting my career as a freelancer web designer and web developer
5. How long have you been freelancing?
Almost a year now
6. Why did you decide to go freelance?
Working in flexible hours, flexible place, most of the things controlled by myself that are what i like for being a freelancer
7. How did you market yourself (find design work/new clients) in the beginning – (online portfolio/brochure/direct mail/email/phone etc)?
I have a lot of friends which involve in internet communities as i have been there also, most of my projects i got from them, they act as a freelance sales and marketing for me, so its kinda freelancer for freelancer jobs 🙂
8. How do you market yourself (find design work) now?
I got em from my own website chazzuka.com, my friends (as i explained above), and also from outsourcing/freelance website out there
9. How did you decide what to charge? What was the process?
I charge based on dificulty level of each website, actually its hard to decide how much it is, since every project must returned profits but on the other hand there are many competitors out there which offer a very low price, sometimes I wonder how can they satisfied with those prices 🙂
10. Do you work from home/have an office/work inhouse at design agencies?
Very flexible, at Home, Internet Cafe, and sometime I come to my clients office
11. How do you organise your workload, do you work long hours?
again I work in fexible hours, depend on my other activity or appointment at the day, usually from 10 am till 5 – 6 pm then start again from 9 pm till late at night
12. How much holiday do you give yourself?
Since am a Balinese most of holiday should be in ceremonial days, so I keep working, and have my holiday on those ceremonial days
13. How do you keep up to date with what is happening in the industry?
Subscribe in social networking sites and or other blog resources which i think have quality and periodically publish a good articles
15. How do you generate ideas/what techniques do you use to stimulate creativity?
Browsing, see other related websites and analyze the design, how they place the content, what content they put on the site as well as specific functionalities that the site might need.
16. What about the business side of things, accounting, invoicing, bookkeeping, how do you manage it?
Currently I don’t have any specific calculation, just count how much my income for the current month and calculate whether it is able to cover all my needs including the production cost of the project that I am working on. So far so good.
17. What is the biggest piece of advice you would give to someone starting out freelancing?
You will never know ’till you have tried, experiences is another income, experience in managing everything by myself thats is the biggest thing I got so far.
18. Would you ever go back to fulltime work?
Yes someday, but preferably fulltime work for my own company 🙂
19. Any thing else you would like to add?
Manage communications with the client is the biggest problem that i have for now, since mostly i am working on multiple projects at the same time.
20. Where can we see some of your work (URL)?