Can I freelance and work fulltime?

Find some matches for your eyelids if you plan on burning the candle at both ends (i.e. do two roles at once).

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Find some matches for your eyelids if you plan on burning the candle at both ends (i.e. do two roles at once).

Being a freelancer is a full-time job that requires 100% commitment. Keep in mind:

  • Your freelance clients won’t always be prepared to meet after hours (i.e. when you’re not at work). They tend to want things done NOW, which is fair enough given they are the ones paying the bills.

  • You’ll have less time for ‘Plan B’ if things go wrong on a job at work. Sometimes as creatives we suffer creative blocks or the execution takes longer than expected. When you know you can do a late one, or worst come worst, work over the weekend to meet a deadline, it’s not so bad. But if your nights and weekends are taken up with freelancing you’re definitely going to be under the pump.

  • You’ll have less energy. Imagine working till 8pm at agency on client changes…knowing you have at least four more hours to go on your own clients.

  • You’ll see less of family and friends (there are only so many hours in a day). Possibly a lot less.

  • You can’t freelance at work. We all have downtime in agencies, when we jump on Facebook or hang round the coffee machine. Your bosses might turn a blind eye here but they won’t if they see you doing work for non-agency clients.

There’s no real need to ‘test the water’ to see if freelancing is right for you. After all, you will pretty much be using exactly the same skills you are now. The transition is more a matter of mindset and wanting creative independence. If you don’t have the guts to go it alone now chances are you never will.

Courtesy of The Pond

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The Pond

1 Oct 2012

Interests The idea behind The Pond came about four years ago, when returning from the UK a few of us creative types got thinking; there had to be a better way for creative people to remain self-employed yet still be highly creative and earn a half-decent regular income.

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