Two Years of Freelance

It’s been just over two years since I (re)started my freelance practice. Here are some things I’ve learnt along the way:

  • Carve out your own niche. The broader your offering, the more competition you have.

  • Get comfortable with selling yourself. Then get good at it.

  • Don’t buckle on your rate. Except for non-profit work. Ideally increase it with every engagement.

  • Try to work only on projects that push you upward. Poor-quality projects both burn you out and deteriorate your portfolio.

  • Actively carve out holidays. Otherwise they will revolve around the whims of clients or never happen at all.

  • Keep a regular routine between gigs. Use that time to update your presence or scratch an itch.

  • A project isn’t ‘on’ until both sides have signed the contract. Don’t start without it and keep pursuing other jobs until it lands.

  • Even with a signed contract, understand the termination clause. Prepare for the case in which it gets enacted.

  • Surround yourself with other makers. Freelancing gets lonely, particularly when done at a distance.