I have been freelancing 1.5 years now. Beforehand I was a hired designer climbing my way up through different jobs at several companies. I figured the best way to grow is to switch workplaces. Little did I know about freelancing. Freelancing in my opinion, now that I have had enough experience doing it, is the best way to grow in several ways:
- Business skills
- Negotiation skills
- Writing and translating (I work in three languages with clients from Israel, Russia and USA)
- Time management
- Knowing myself better (This is the biggest benefit)
The best times I had while freelancing was when I was doing work inside Inkod-Hypera for a few days a week. This was a project-based contract for several months. The pay was good. The environment great and I’ve grown professionally very quickly there. I have also learned about the inner workings of a design studio and felt confident enough to try my own initiative. I’ve collaborated with few other freelance designers over the last year and we’ve had great fun. A lot of project got accomplished, a lot of clients where happy and their products are now in the world wide web, conquering their place.
Lately I have felt that running from meeting to meeting, trying to close deals, basically being a sales manager is tough on me and I want a more steady relationship with one or two clients to supply me with enough work so that I don’t have to worry and do the legwork to find new clients. This is where I found out about Toptal. They have a screening process and claim to only hire the top 3% or the applicants. So here I am standing in line for their screening with UX designers network. Wish me luck!
P.S.: This is not my desk on the photo. Mine is MUCH more messy!