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How to Decide When to Go Freelance

Have you been dangling on the fence about whether to leave your full-time design job to go freelance? Consider these three things before making the leap.

Advice, All Posts, Life as a Freelance Designer

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March 12, 2013

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  1. Jonathan says:

    Glad to see I at least have the Experience and Personality, as a student I do some freelance work besides my study and I am thinking of doing full time freelance work after I graduate. Maybe I should reconsider 🙂

  2. Hi, great article. I have recently decided to be a freelance web designer and developer. Reading this post has actually boosted my confidence knowing that I have ticked all the right boxes. Thanks for a good read 🙂

  3. Kevin says:

    Hi, I’m a copywriter thinking of taking the big freelancing leap. Problem is, my wife’s a full-time freelancer too.
    What are your thoughts on a couple going freelance? Do you think it’ll work financially?

    • Ciera says:

      Hi Kevin! It can definitely work financially for you both to be full-time freelancers. Maybe you can each try to find at least one aspect that you know will be steady, like writing a monthly column etc. or a client who needs steady work. My boyfriend keeps a day job while he builds his client base as a freelance photographer. As soon as he has enough work, we will both be freelancers! Good luck!

      • Kevin says:

        Thanks Ceira, that’s a relief to hear. Because where we come from, it takes a lot of planning to take the road less travelled. Housing loans, for one, are kinder to those with regular pay slips when it comes to approvals.

        • Ciera says:

          yep, It’ll take a lot of planning, don’t do it before you are ready! It is different for everyone, these are just my experiences (and Lauren who wrote the post).

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  5. maddie says:

    It is my dream to go freelance one day but you’re absolutely right that you have to prepare for the transition – especially saving beforehand so that when you make the transition, your lifestyle won’t have to suffer. Thanks!

  6. Great post and very informative. The 6 month savings is definitely a good tip!
    ~Kim

  7. its not always an easy task for someone to start doing freelance once and for all. You are right, it need time and money you saved before to help you breath in tough situation. Hard worker and passionate personality can make it through.

    Emma

  8. Laurie says:

    Great advice. I’m going to start the savings part ASAP!!

  9. Cheryl B says:

    Well thought-out post. I already freelance part-time but will be switching to full-time in the next couple of months. Worst part right now is trying to figure out what to charge now that I’ll be doing it full-time and will need enough to eat and pay the bills! Any recommendations on where to go for good advice on this?

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