Freelancing is a creative path that is at the same time envied and avoided to due the challenges faced that are unheard of in traditional employment. It is no easy task to pull of successfully, especially if your relying on it as a primary source of income. Before deciding to become a freelance, no matter what sector, it is worth speaking to some who has already taken the drive. They can tell you what you can expect and what to look out for. There are many places you can go to for advice, interviews with freelancer, networking events, reading their books etc. Here is an extract from an interview with Molly Fenton, a graphic designer based in Brighton.

 

Describe a typical day – what do you get up to?

“Each day for me is actually quite different. I’m always working on a range of projects for various clients and audiences. Three days a week I’m in a co-working space in the centre of Brighton (which I love!) and the rest of the time, I’m either having client meetings, or I work in a coffee shop.

“For me, this is one of the appeals of freelancing as I love a bit of variety. However, in order to have some sort of routine, I tend to sit down each morning and set my objectives for the day.”

What other fields or professions do you find yourself needing to understand or consider when doing your graphic design?

“Freelancing is running a business, so it’s essential that I have ‘people skills’ (lots of meetings/coffees with clients and collaborators), as well as marketing, social media and definitely organisation and personal motivation.”

 

How do you maintain work/life balance as a freelancer?

“I find it quite hard to switch off from work because there’s always something to be doing! Personally, I find it best to do the majority of my work out of the house so that I can come home and relax.

“I generally try to work 9-5 as a personal rule, but the fun part about being self-employed is that I can work any hours of the day! My co-working space is really motivating because I’m surrounded by others in the same boat.  The rest of the time, I end up in coffee shops to get my work done. I also find this quite productive as I can’t get too distracted.”

 

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