FOUR WAYS TO GO FREELANCE
Is a long run-up better, or can a push be a blessing in disguise? Julia Sagar explores four different paths into self-employment
How to make the leap successfully, from careful pre-planning to dealing with a sudden redundancy
Enter any decent co-working space or trendy coffee shop and you’ll see them. Armed with a laptop, mobile and very little else, an army of freelancers is quietly revolutionising the creative industry.
According to the Design Council’s 2015 Design Economy Report, 27.1 per cent of designers are self-employed, which is almost twice the UK average. Within graphic design, those figures are even higher, with a whopping 48.1 per cent of people selfemployed. In the US, the numbers are higher still.
The gig economy has never looked better but try telling yourself that when you’re considering making the leap. The fear of the unknown can be crippling: will you be able to find work, pay the bills, stay motivated? Are you too old – or too young? How should you prepare?
Here, we take a look at four routes into freelance life. We speak to designers and illustrators who have taken these paths and harvest their pro advice to ensure you enter the world of freelance successfully – whichever route you choose.