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Living the beginning of a Freelance Dream- Freelance Illustrator

Freelancers- believe in yourselves, you’re not alone, and yes it’s scary but passions are worth fighting for. There is only only one YOU. So you’re the best person to do this for yourself. 


It is days like today; when the crisp, fresh air smells of Autumn, the sun lights up the trees and cast a glow in my studio, and yogi trots back and forth crunching autumn leaves under her paws,  that I take a step back and think about how greatful I am to have this opportunity to pursue my dream career of freelance illustration.
It’s going to be tough but I’m loving every minute.
Freelancers – believe in yourselves!

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What a journey- and it’s only just beginning. My decision to become a freelance illustrator- the same decision made by millions of freelancers- faces two juxtaposed facts; 1.) building our dream career and 2.) ‘how the hell am I going to do this?’
Independent freelancers make such decisions with full knowledge of the risks that lie ahead. My Dad made this same decision when mum was pregnant with Joe. And it’s terrifying!


‘Will I afford to be independent?’ ‘Can I afford rent?’ ‘How the HELL to tax books work?’ 


But these questions are all answered after the first steps have been taken and I believe it takes hard work, dedication, a smart head and a passion for your work.
People have their own reasons for going freelance; my decision was sort of made for me. After years of trying to work my way towards a teaching career in art therapy I finally listened to my autoimmune disease, and I have realised this is the answer for me.
But I feel so incredibly lucky and I wouldn’t change my circumstances for the world. In a way, it felt like my disease gave me the kick up the arse that I needed. ‘Just GO FOR IT ALREADY! Will you?!’


Freelancers- believe in yourselves, you’re not alone, and yes it’s scary but passions are worth fighting for. There is only only one YOU. So you’re the best person to do this for yourself.
I am more excited thank terrified about the days to come and I can’t wait to get brush to paper every day.

XxX

Living the beginning of a Freelance Dream


2 thoughts on “Living the beginning of a Freelance Dream- Freelance Illustrator

  1. You go, girl. Been freelance almost all my life. Here’s what I’ve learnt… Be nice. Always turn in your work on time, even if it’s workmanlike rather than inspired. Be flexible (it’s your clients’ money). Remember feast follows famine, and you’re free from the fear of suddenly being made redundant. Stay out of your clients’ company politics, and thank heavens you’re not involved. Figure out what time of day you do your best work, and clear that time for the work. Take a day off every once in a while, but be happy to work weekends. Stay in touch: most of your clients are nice people too, and will be happy to field the occasional phone call even if it’s just to say hi. Keep a good record of your expenses, find a good honest accountant, and set aside one third of your income for the tax bills! And enjoy the respect: you’re not an employee anymore. Pleased for you.

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