And how different it is from a full-time job

I spent the first half of 2018 on some freelance design work. I was working almost 6 hours a week for my client while holding a full-time job. Things got a little hectic.

But in the process, I understood what it means to be a “freelancer” and to have “a client.” Till this point, I worked in product organizations as a designer and client work isn’t exactly the same. Here are a few lessons I learned along the way.

Maintain boundaries on when you are “available”


A redesign of the FIFA Fantasy app, a competition between millions of football fans during the 2018 World Cup.

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One million users were religiously on the FIFA World Cup Fantasy app every day this month. We created teams, transferred players, and competed with our beloved coworkers for the best playing XI on the fields of Russia.

As a product designer, I noticed a few app interactions that could improve while building my team. I’ll focus on the “Manage Team” page. This screen is the heart of the game — where you add, remove, substitute, and transfer players who are still in the tournament.


I started doing product management about a year ago. At the beginning, I didn’t really know what I was doing so I started with what I knew. From my experience, organization can lead to longer-term efficiency and co-working habits for the team.

We started with Trello and Google Drive. Adding pace to our work seemed to be necessary, so we started working in sprints. We soon became the first team on the tech floor with daily morning stand-ups.

Stand-ups have been great for a few reasons.

  1. A team that starts together, sticks together:

The team starts their day together every…

Aiswarya Kolisetty

Product designer at Booking.com in Amsterdam. Previously Zomato, Ford. I love to write and make things. Find me at www.aiswaryakolisetty.com

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