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...Union Jackson's Top 12 Freelancing Tips

Posted on 15/09/2017 by

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Union Jackson's Top 12 Freelancing Tips

  • Freelance graphic design jobs are swift and unpredictable. The requirements are always urgent and are filled within minutes. As a freelancer, it’s important to make yourself available, i.e. reachable by phone (voice message), text message or email -  or you’ll miss out on work.
  • Always keep CV’S and design portfolios up to date to increase your chances of being booked by our creative clients.
  • Make sure your work samples are visually appealing and very well presented; it’s good to have a separate portfolio, especially if you’re an integrated designer, clients don’t have the time to rummage through portfolios trying to find what they are looking for.
  • Once you have been placed on a booking, try to fit in with the team by understanding their practices and dress code, it’s good to leave with great feedback so that the client will ask for you the next time.  But don’t talk TOO much!
  • Remember that you have to impress the agencies as much as you would the client – it’s an interview after all.
  • Always ask your agent how their pay structure works, the options are: with Union Jackson it's via a Ltd Company or Umbrella Company not PAYE or Sole Trader.  
  • It’s advisable to be flexible with your rates as we are often working with a client’s budget, this is hugely appreciated!
  • Don’t be on your phone too much, this is often mentioned to us by clients.
  • When on a job, be proactive, show initiative, smile and don’t forget you are there to help!
  • Network, Network, Network! There are online freelance forums you can start with. Remember, you’re not the only freelancer, get yourself out there and ready to mingle.
  • When you do get booked, please be super organised and get your timesheets & invoices in on time. Let’s not be chasing you for that.
  • Lastly!...Be nice to your recruitment agent, it will go a long way!!

If you have any questions about how to become a successful graphic design freelancer please do not hesitate to get in touch and we can catch up with a hot cuppa.