The Recession Proof Freelance Designer Check List:

by Calvin Cox on July 26, 2008


check list check boxSo you would like to become a Freelance Designer. You’ve gotten tired of the 9-to-5 and would like a little more freedom. You’re bored with the monotony and crave more exciting projects. You would like to build your own business and achieve financial independence. That’s great but you need a plan. You say to yourself, I’ll quit and register with the top temp agencies in the area and have them find me work. You figure after they’ve taken a look at your design portfolio, you’ll be well on your way to financial independence, RIGHT!… not so fast.

I was recently talking to a friend of mine about freelancing and how one can successfully transition to becoming the highly sought after, genius, guru, freelance designer guy or gal that everyone wants to be like. Well a few years back I started freelancing and my idea of freelancing was to simply sign up with a few fashion temp agencies, sit back and have them call me when new projects came up! (yes I was that guy) Surprisingly enough it worked for a while… BACK THEN. Today we’re in a recession. We have to be alot more proactive when decided to take the freelancing route. I’ve outlined a checklist that will help make your transition as smooth as possible bacause I would hate to see you prematurely go out there, find yourself in financial trouble and end up begging for your old job back… not cool.

The Recession Proof Freelance Designer Check List

  1. Are you business minded?
  2. Are you currently working full time?
  3. Are you freelancing on the side right now?
  4. Do you have customers that can transition to a full time gig if you quit your full time job?
  5. Do you have savings to help you with your transition to freelance?
  6. Do you have a list of potential clients [contact names and numbers] that you know can get you freelance projects (at least 15 contacts)?
  7. Is your Design Portfolio up to date?
  8. Do you have a freelance website and blog?
  9. Have you discussed your plans with your wife or significant other?
  10. Is the quality of your work/design portfolio competitive in your field?

If you’ve answered yes to the above questions, kudos to you, you’re ready to rip the chains off your neck, flip your boss the bird (not recommended) and get on the highway to financial independence. On the other hand, if you didn’t answer yes to the above questions, you might want to hang around for a little longer; prepare yourself by making sure you’re well equipped to weather the first 3 months on your own. Preparing for freelancing is like anything else, if you’re not well prepared you may not be successful. I’ve noted a few articles and websites that will help you with additional questions. As I find them I’ll update the Freelance Designer Wall. Please don’t sit and wait for temp agencies to find you work; go out there, be proactive and demand the work; excel and show your clients that you are serious about your business; once you’ve done some amazing work for them; that guarantee repeat business and referrals coming your way. Happy Freelancing. Cheers.

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