It’s common to see that many web designers take the path of freelancing these days. However, many don’t succeed doing the same because there are few ugly truths hidden in this career. From the perspective of an ordinary web designer (one who is employed by a company), a freelancer is assumed to lead a rock star lifestyle – waking up late and finishing stuff early sounds great but the reality is little different. I’ve enlisted few harsh realities below, so that you think twice before you take up the task of freelancing.
Reality of Freelancing:
1. MAY NOT BECOME RICH IN A MONTH OR TWO
If you expect to become a millionaire overnight or probably, in a couple of months, then freelancing is not the right choice. However, do note that I never mentioned it is impossible to do so. If you can strain yourself to the worst extent possible and get the best out of you, then it’s quite possible to see some big bucks. So, staying pro active and productive for long nights might make you a millionaire.
2. FREELANCE WEB DESIGNING IS NOT THAT EASY
As mentioned earlier, people think freelance web designing is very simple and easy to do primarily due to one main reason – no capital investment. Yes! It is easy to start with, but difficult to stay prosperous. You need to develop several other skills (such as time management, project management, etc…) apart from being an average designer to compensate for the capital investment and to prosper in the design industry.
3. SAVE YOUR MONEY FOR THE WINTER
Just being a freelancer engaged with two or three projects does not mean that you will be paid every month. Because, you never know when you will get your next pay check being a freelancer. It could take few weeks or even months to get one. So, it’s better you save few pennies for those bitter days – when you are out of work. In other words, work hard and think smart to. Do remember, spring is not far behind winter:)
4. ALWAYS HAVE A “PLAN B” IN MIND
The biggest problem one faces being a freelancer, is to survive those bitter days when you are not hired. Hence, it becomes essential that you have a PLAN B to opt in for. In other words, you need to make sure you have multiple sources of income. When one goes down, the other should help you survive. I highly recommend you to read this article about staying productive – How to Stay Productive as a Web Designer when you’re not hired.
5. STAYING AHEAD OF YOUR COMPETITORS
In this competitive world of web designing, it is very important that you realize there are virtually millions of web designers just as you are – probably few are part time or even full time freelancers working for a design company/agency. So, you need to be exceptionally good at designing to beat those agencies around you, who do the same job as you do.
I’ve just shared few commonly encountered, yet harsh truths about being a freelancer. May be there are more dislikes and discomforts which you may share it with us via comments! Don’t forget to shout your opinions about the article via comments:)