So you want to be a freelance designer, eh? You’re in luck, because it is one of the best fields to be in right now. The freedom to work remotely ANYWHERE in the world. The power to choose your customers and protect your sanity. And the blessing to do what you love everyday.
Here’s some tips on how to make sure that once your skills are official, you’ll have an abundant supply of jobs coming in before you’ve even finished updating your resume!
1. Talk to professionals who are where you want to be.
(forgive the whole photoshopping. I stole this photo off google search and don’t want to misuse the poor girl!)
Anytime I met someone new and they said ‘I’m a gra…’ I would have asked them 50 questions on how they became it by the time they finished saying ‘…phic designer’.
Some people were more than happy to share, some shared reluctantly—afraid you were going to copy their style or were afraid of adding to the market of competition, and some who tried and failed would down talk it to deter you—mostly afraid that you will succeed where they failed.
I was very fortunate to have a graphic designer in the NYC office that I worked at. She would let me stalk her every move while giving me detailed advice and design tips. She even allowed me to shadow her while she was working on cool projects!
She let me pick her brain so much to the point that she declared it official that every Friday afternoon, I was permitted to stand in the corner of her cubicle to watch her every move.
(Keep in mind, I was NOT learning from her on how to use software programs or how to design per se. I was just absorbing her thought process, how she made decisions, how she organized her tasks, at what points did she take coffee breaks. I was absorbing what the day to day tasks and actions a designer makes in their jobs. I didn’t know how to articulate this to her but I think she understood I couldn’t explain why I needed to know this but I just did. And I appreciated her ability to tolerate my hovering ways in such a intrigued and complimented manner.)
Which brings me to the next point:
— Professor X, X-Men: Days of Future Past.