Successful freelancing requires more than artistic talent. Freelancers should first determine whether they have the personality and drive required to work for yourself.
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Freelance Design Jobs for Freelance Designers / Freelancers
Freelance designers typically work well on their own without direct supervision. Freelance designers also typically are capable of selling their services to clients and more importantly, doing this over a long period of time in order to sustain a productive business.
Keep in mind that while freelance design sounds great, there are some drawbacks. Because you work for yourself and must find freelance design jobs, you don’t get to spend all of your time as a design freelancer. You’ll have to spend some of your time looking for clients, and working to keep those clients. You’ll also have to do your own accounting and be your own receptionist, purchasing agent, and secretary. Don’t underestimate the amount of time that non-design jobs take. Also remember that although as s freelance designer, you work for yourself, you also have to now pay for your overhead, including your office, computer hardware and software, and supplies. You’ll need to remember that as a freelance designer, you’ll need to adjust to your clients’ schedules, especially if your clients are located in different time zones.
Freelance Design Jobs
As a design freelancer, you’ll need to find your own work. Typically, when you work for a company, they’ll have sales people who will go out and find clients. But as a freelance designer, you are on your own and must find your own clients. There are a number of different strategies to find freelance design jobs. You can look for freelance design jobs on traditional online marketplaces where you’ll compete against other freelance designers for jobs. Those marketplaces typically post many jobs, but the competition is often based on price and experience, and it is very difficult for inexperienced designers, or even experienced designers from developed countries, to compete on those marketplaces against designers from India or other countries where the cost of design services is much lower than in the United States, for example.
There are also opportunities to find freelance design jobs with companies that will provide a long term contract to you as a freelancer, and not as an employee. The advantage of such positions is that you’ll have work over a longer period of time, but one large disadvantage is that this is not much different than working as an employee – you’ll again have to answer to someone else and be tied to a specific schedule over a long period of time.
Why Freelance Designers Should Work on crowdSPRING
Some of the best freelance designers
in the world work on crowdSPRING. We have a great community of freelance designers that can help build your freelance design business. We’ve built a section of the site just for you where you can tell the world about your skills and upload your portfolio for all to see. With many new projects posted every day, you can focus on what you do best – design – rather than looking for clients. You can reach clients all over the world and build your business organically. And since crowdSPRING is truly a level playing field where it’s always about the work – you won’t be judged by how fancy your offices are or where you went to school.
We manage the entire billing and payment process for you and there’s never a cost – you keep 100% of the money you earn. We charge our fees to the clients on top of the money they pay you for your work.
We also do something that no other marketplace does – we require escrow in every project. At the beginning of every project, the client deposits their payment into an escrow account with us. Freelancers can rest assured that the buyer is serious and has already paid their money, while the client can rest assured that they're safe until they receive the final files and they're completely happy.
We’ve had buyers from 60 different countries post projects ranging from logo to website design
, print to product design, illustrations, packaging design, and many more types of projects.
Our unique model and design process addresses and solves many of the problems typically found when selling freelance web design services. Unlike traditional marketplaces where you have to compete against people who’ll constantly underbid you, on crowdSPRING, freelance designers and freelance design firms from around the world post actual designs, instead of bids and proposals. When a client’s project ends, they choose the one they like the best. You compete based on your talent and creativity. It’s that simple! So, if you’re a design freelancer, won’t you join us today?
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