ADVICE / 50
today’s question: “what do you love about freelancing?”
well, as of this monday i am finally a full time freelancer! (!!!!!!!) i’ve been freelancing on my nights and weekends for the last 4 years and i finally felt comfortable and confident to go out on my own.
so far i’ve loved being able to pick and choose my projects. there is nobody to tell me what to do. it’s my decision. there are fun and lame projects that i get inquiries for. i no longer drag my feet on projects i don’t like…i just say yes to the ones i want to work on!
i also love meeting new people and collaborating with them. being able to explore different brands and companies big and small. everyone is looking for something different and i love the challenge of designing into different aesthetics. i also keep learning how small the design world is. there is always some sort of degree of separation. if a potential client reaches out to me about a project that isn’t something i like to do, i always try to refer them to another freelancer. and same goes for client to designer. i’ve had jobs comes from past clients referring me to their friends and coworkers.
what i hope to love now that i’m full time is that i can come and go and work as i please. i’m currently working inhouse with kate spade saturday for bit but when that contract is over i’m on my own. i’ve always wanted to take classes at the gym before work but they’ve started too late. soon that won’t be a problem (and now I have no excuse). i’m looking forward to making my own schedule and not being tied down to one thing or place. grocery shopping during the day when nobody is there. leisurely lunch dates with other freelance friends. i’m excited.
when i first started freelancing i remember being very excited that i didn’t have to wake up at a certain time to go to work. very quickly i realized i would be working way more than when i worked a 9-5 job and now i wake up at 7am usually. it’s funny how that works.
but really, i love almost everything about freelancing. (sure, the paperwork, taxes, insurance junk isn’t the best) but i love that i have the time & freedom to execute my ideas. i don’t have to deal with office politics (i used to work under an art director at an old job of mine that was a huge ass 90% of the time.) i can lay on the couch in my pajamas or brunch with my friends in the middle of the day. i can be creative when it feels most natural to me.
after 2 years of being out on my own i feel like i have really found the projects that make me the most happy and learned an enormous amount about myself as an artist. i have been able to connect with more people (lunch dates or phone calls that i couldn’t take when i was at my corporate job.) this past year of traveling and exploring would have never happened if i didn’t take that leap.
as freelancers, it’s up to us to form the life that we want to live. it’s a ton of responsibility, yes. but i wouldn’t trade it for anything. there actually hasn’t been a day that i have regretted going out on my own. for those of you that are close to making the transition, i know it’s scary but there really are SO many wonderful things about it.
what do you guys love about freelance life? and congrats to katie!!! so proud of you, girl. you’ll have to share with us how the transition goes!