Great points Connor. This aligns with all the same stuff I write about freelancing and design. It’s actually quite simple to be a great freelance designer but sometimes it takes a long time to figure out the right formula for you.
Leela, this really hit home for me. Those profiles at the end made it crystal clear that I’m an artist. And that’s why I’ve struggled to find ways to grow my freelance business beyond just an awesome job for myself. I want to keep doing the work, forever. I love design, that’s why I do it.
Couldn’t agree more. In fact, I’ve written about the subject before. Mastery of your technical craft is less than half of what makes a great designer. Communication and other soft-skills are as important as anything else when determining someone’s career success, whether they are a designer or anything else.
I’m in a similar position where I’ve created a fantastic “job” for myself which I love and pays well, but I’m still trading time for money and it won’t last beyond myself and my efforts. I’ve been looking for ways to grow out of this system but have been struggling.
Dude, you’ve lifted a lot of ideas from my writing (Data-Driven Design is Killing Our Instincts) and even a few direct quotes without any attribution at all. If you’re going to quote another article, please say where the quotes are from and link back to it. And if you’re going to reuse other people’s ideas, at least change them up a bit rather than…
Not sure where this anger is coming from but I assure you everything I write is 100% genuine and based on personal experience. I’m not going to publish my tax returns, but I’ve made a point to be very open and honest about money because it’s an issue most freelancers are too afraid to discuss openly.
I’m a freelance designer, and I’ve been working for some of my clients for 8–10+ years. The long term client relationship is definitely alive and well. You just need to keep providing excellent value and they’ll never have reason to look elsewhere.
I completely agree and made many of the same points in my article about how I structure client agreements.
Not having a traditional dense legal contract doesn’t mean you shouldn’t set all the expectations clearly, but it does mean you start off your client relationship on a more friendly and trustful note.