Freelancing can be a slightly scary notion, especially if you don’t know where to begin. Luckily, new freelancers aren’t alone in the quest to strike out and work for themselves. If you’re thinking about becoming your own boss, here is some useful advice from local freelancers, including HeadSpace member Reuben Miller.
Charge more. Seriously.
Don’t undervalue your work. Understand the full scope of the work before offering any prices to establish a fair rate of compensation. Charge for revisions! This article really helped me when I was starting out.
-Brittany Rogers, Graphic Designer
Accept work that provides a great creative opportunity.
Now, I don't mind working and I don't mind working for free – but it has to be on my terms. If it’s a great creative opportunity (or for a good cause, that I support) and I feel is worthy of my time, I will be more than happy to help. Give value to your work and never sell yourself short.
-Richard Wezensky, Graphic Designer
The reality is that one has to change the rules of the game for themselves.
Freelancing fulltime isn’t for the weak of heart. It is a 24/7 labor of love. I have had to sacrifice great work for paying work. A lot of creatives feel that their day-to-day agency job is also very stifling. Since I am working on not-so-exciting paying work, I have decided to save and pour other time into creating my own brands so that one of these days, I will have a client who truly values great creative work. That client would be me. So my strategy is to create my own clients with the kinds of products and services that I use. That way, when I pour my heart into it, it is for a good and natural cause.
-Reuben Miller, Creative Director at Pullpin
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