Being a freelance designer brings a lot of challenges to the daily work aside from the expected design-related issues. Running your own business means that you'll have to deal with finances, customer service, marketing and every other aspect of the business on top of the design or development work that produces an income. For many freelancers this juggling act is the hardest part of the being a freelance designer. With so many things that always need to be done, and limited time to dedicate to these tasks, effectively prioritizing tasks is essential in order to achieve efficiency and productivity. If you've been working on your own for a while you are probably aware of the challenges that you face in this area, and maybe you are interested in working to improve your ability to effectively prioritize. If you are new to freelancing or just considering making the jump, this is a topic that demands attention.
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While being a freelance designer (or any other type of freelancer) brings plenty of advantages in terms of flexibility and independence, it also comes with its share of negatives. One of the biggest is that it's difficult for freelancers to set aside time to actually take a vacation and get away from the work for a while. Because there are no paid vacation days like there are for employees, freelancers usually wind up taking very little time off. If this is something that you struggle with, there are some things you can do that will help you to prepare for the time off and to minimize it's impact on your business. In fact, getting the time away should actually help your business since we all need some time off to relax and get re-charged.
As I interact with readers of my blogs, I continually encounter designers who are just getting started in the world of freelancing. In some cases they are very experienced designers/developers who are going out on their own for the first time. Others are trying freelancing part-time to see how it will work for them, and some are planning for a transition process but have not yet started to freelance. Since a large number of readers are facing issues that go along with getting started as a freelancer, I thought it would be helpful to share some tips from my own experience. The tips in this post will cover all aspects of freelancing and the lifestyle that comes with it. In many cases unexpected issues and adjustments are what new freelancers struggle with, so hopefully this article will help to prepare new freelancers to meet the challenges that will be presented.
Working as a web designer requires substantial amounts of time on the internet, or at least in front of a computer. This, of course, means that we face all kinds of potential distractions throughout our daily lives. Being accessible to clients and colleagues through email and Twitter is a necessity that most of us gotten used to and accepted as the nature of the job. However, occasionally getting away from this environment can do wonders for your work and for your business, especially for freelancers.