If you’ve ever wondered how some freelancers get hired on by big accounts, or if you’ve ever been tired of all the extra busy-work that comes with managing lots of small clients, this post is for you. Now is the time to land your first big design client. Sure, you’ve designed a business card for your brother’s window washing business. Yeah, the local donut shop asked you to design their facebook timeline cover. But it’s time to land your first
Since I’ve been answering a lot of reader questions lately, I’d like to turn the tables today and ask you a simple question: How much should a freelance designer make? I recently had a facebook fan ask me how much he should expect to make if he made the switch to freelance design. Of course, I told him it depended on a lot of things including: Country of residence Experience and expertise Business Goals Financial needs and more But then
In the career of every freelance designer comes a plateau; a moment when you simply can’t make any more money because you don’t have any more time to give to your business. This has always been the inherent problem with freelance designing: no matter how hard you work, there are only 24 hours in a day. Once you max out your hours, you can’t make more money without raising your rates. If you haven’t hit this plateau yet, you will.
Each week at GDB, Dan Sweet provides priceless tips and helpful secrets to make your freelance design venture a success. You can connect with Dan on twitter or at dansweetdesign.com. I quit my job last spring, mostly because my wife and I had our eyes set on the “big city metropolitan lifestyle,” and we were getting tired of the small college town we lived in. After several half-hearted attempts at finding full-time employment, we decided that it was time to