50 Reasons Why You May Not Make It As A Freelancer

Some designers make a great career out of freelancing, some struggle to ever pay the bills solely from freelancing income.

If you are already a successful freelancer, you will probably see that you are not guilty of most of the points made below.

If you are hoping to be a full-time freelancer, or are currently finding it difficult to get your freelancing going, some points below may help you figure out why.

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To explain this post a little better, our opinion on when a freelancer knows they have “made it”, is when you can comfortably pay 100% of your bills from your freelancing income. Some of you may disagree with that description of “making it”, but that is how we measure it so that the conversation can start somewhere (we do encourage you to add your thoughts in the comments at the end though).

And so, the 50 reasons why you may not make it as a freelance designer:

  1. The thought of working a 16 – 19 hour day makes you feel violently ill

  2. You sleep in past 12 pm most mornings

  3. You don’t know what the word “typography ” means

  4. You hear the word “Hex ” and you think someone is talking about dinosaurs

  5. When meeting clients, you wear jeans and a t-shirt

  6. Your hair is a mess, all the time

  7. Your phone manner is terrible (you answer with “hello”, and nothing else)

  8. You don’t understand what a “bleed ” is

  9. Your business card is a home-made Microsoft Publisher job

  10. You have never started a conversation with a stranger

  11. You are not confident

  12. You are not likeable

  13. You do not manage your personal finances well

  14. Your mum doesn’t even like your design work

  15. You want to be successful, but your drive is completely lacking

  16. You are not self-motivated

  17. You don’t have a desire to be the most successful person you know

  18. You don’t have a website

  19. Explaining the difference between 300 dpi and 72 dpi is like speaking a foreign language to you

  20. You think white space is wasted space

  21. The bevel function in Photoshop doesn’t work anymore because you have worn it out so badly

  22. You struggle to actually complete a project

  23. You have to give your clients money back because you over-promised on your ability

  24. You have 0 business skills and have no idea how to develop them

  25. You really dislike sales and feeling like a salesperson

  26. You don’t make your clients sign contracts