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The PROs and CONs of being a freelancing Graphic Designer

Discussion in 'Graphic Design' started by nayannp, May 10, 2018.

  1. nayannp

    nayannp Power Member

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    Hey guys I have been doing a lot of freelancing from many years in the field of graphic designs and I find a lots difficulties as well as some benefits of being a graphic designer.
    So what are pros and cons of being a freelancing graphic designer do you find ??
    and lets see how many of us can relate to it;);););)
     
  2. BeastMoney

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    Pros:
    • Own hours
    • Be your own boss
    • Charge your own prices
    • Choose your own clients
    • Accept as many or as little jobs as you want
    Cons:
    • Extremely high competition
    • Nagging customers not satisfied with work
    • Competitors underpricing
    • Have to work day in and day out to please customers
     
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  3. Wutnax

    Wutnax Newbie

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    I do Graphic Design as a hobby but I’ve recently decided to start pursuing it freelance. Beginning stages so far but I feel I can provide some insight from my point of view.

    One of the biggest pros for me is I can be my own boss and manage my own schedule. I can handpick my clients that have work required that I feel I can achieve.

    The cons I have encountered (or that have been on my mind) are as follows: I can’t charge through the roof prices yet, as I’m beginning to make a name for myself. I am also struggling to find clients - again, because I’m unknown.

    Hopefully this gives you some insight.
     
  4. iamART86

    iamART86 Newbie

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    This is wrong on so many levels. You can charge whatever you want and its best to start at a price you want instead of charging so little. Also making a name for yourself? You have a name, get some pride! Charge what you want and do portfolio work until you have enough to show clients via marketing.
     
  5. Mike George

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    The last bullet is the worst in the cons obviously
     
  6. Eagle 95

    Eagle 95 Regular Member

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    I used to be a gfx designer as a part-time gig. Key here is to get good portfolio. For me, it wasn't that hard getting clients. More challenging part was understanding what client(s) want when they don't provide much info nor answer your questions the way they should. Money isn't that great, too compared to hassle you can get from a client that doesn't want what (s)he needs.
     
  7. Hydius

    Hydius Regular Member

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    Make sure you pick the right type of customers and the right type of projects.
    I've been screwed over or had projects drag out for way too long by certain clients.
    I would work on outreach (i.e. how do people know about your service and why they should pick you over others?)
    if you can get good outreach, its a million times better than having a good portfolio and no one to enact it upon
     
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    ILikeGym1234 Newbie

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    The pros...
    *Wake up whenever you want.
    *Work whenever you want.
    *Work for whomever you want.

    Cons:
    *You have to work extra-hard to compensate for the lack of the middleman. This means you have to be the graphic designer AND the middleman.
    *Since you're the middleman, you have to promote yourself.
    *You might not find customers easily at first.
     
  9. Yosber

    Yosber Newbie

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    I have worked in many Freelancer style pages as a designer, I do not have much experience and I know it. I really want to monetize my work in this style, sometimes it is necessary some extra money for expenses. But obviously the most I have obtained are 3/5 stars in competitions or competitions of this style of pages.
    The truth is I do not know how to grab much more experience I have tried to learn in courses but I do not see anything new, something that innovates or something like that