It was nearly seven years ago when I was wondering how difficult it was going to be to go freelance. My first freelance job was in September 2003 and I remember how worried I was. Questions and doubts ran through my head, would I get enough work and how would I manage clients and my accounts.
It is because of this I have been wondering whether to create a free guide called something like – How to Freelance for Beginners. If this is something you would be interested in please let me know by signing up below to be alerted when the guide is ready.
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Meanwhile I have previously written several posts on how to freelance that you might enjoy:
How to Freelance Posts From Graphic Design Blog UK
Advice for New Freelance Designers by 30+ Freelance Designers
The answer from 30+ freelance designers to the question – What is the biggest piece of advice you would give to someone starting out freelancing?
Working Freelance From Home or Inhouse, Pros and Cons
Working in house can prove a more sociable way to work but freelancing from home has its perks too.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Freelance Design Through a Third Party (Middleman)
As well as working directly for companies as a freelancer you may also get offered work via a third party, this could be a PR company or a design company that subcontracts their design work to you. This cuts out some of the client management process which has both pros and cons.
Back up Your Freelance Design Work
I can’t emphasise the importance of keeping back ups of your freelance design work. Losing a days work is frustrating, but several weeks or months work could be a major disaster for your business.
How Much Can You Charge for Freelance Graphic Design
A look at how to calculate what you should charge for your freelance design services
So What’s Stopping You Becoming a Freelance Designer
My personal journey to becoming a freelance graphic designer
Does a Freelancer Need an Accountant?
How an accountant can save you more than you pay them
Freelancing – Breaking Free from Fulltime Employment
Questions you should ask yourself before going freelance and tips to help you.
8 Reasons Why Designers Should Blog
My recent post with examples of how blogs have helped freelance designers
How to Freelance Advice from Other Design Bloggers
7 Tips for Freelancers Arranging a Holiday
A post by Ken Reynolds which deals with the tricky problem of how to take holidays as a freelancer
Why Freelancers Should Not Announce Their Availability
An interesting post by Brian Yerkes who thinks freelance designers may be missing out on work by publicly announcing their availability.
Urgent! How to Handle those Last-Minute Design Requests
Every freelancer at some point will receive a call with a last minute design request Tracey Grady discusses the best way to deal with them.
Self-employment advice for designers
Davis Airey offers his advice for designers considering self employment.
Design Agency VS Freelance Life
Jacob Cass – Just Creative Design compares freelancing with working for a design agency in New York City.
How to get freelance graphic design jobs
Rob Cubbon offers his advice on How to get Freelance Graphic Design Jobs.
Websites Dedicated to Freelancing
Freelance Switch offers extensive advice on how to freelance along with a forum and jobs board.
Freelance folder also offers a blog about freelancing a job board and a forum.