In any industry, freelance job opportunities are often available, but sometimes they aren’t for everyone. Web Design & Development grad Richard Stovall, who has years of freelancing experience, visited Full Sail’s campus to discuss important questions you should ask yourself before you get started. Here are his best tips.
Are you comfortable jumping into the unknown?
The world of freelance can be unpredictable, and it is imperative that you are able to adapt and change as you take on new gigs. “You have to be a little bit comfortable jumping into the unknown,” Richard said. “Most of the time, you are going to have to say yes to something that you don’t necessarily know how to do at the time, and then figure it out as you go.”
Can you be somewhat personable?
Richard emphasized that relationships matter, and that building a reputation as an agreeable worker can lead to future freelancing opportunities.
Are you self-motivated?
Without a traditional business structure involving project managers and supervisors, it falls on you to motivate yourself to make sure you meet all of your deadlines on time. “Nobody is going to be breathing down your neck,” he said. “What matters to them is the deadline.”
Can you balance your life?
Freelancing often involves setting your own work schedule, and finding the balance between work and your personal life can make or break you in the industry.
Can you handle high levels of stress?
Between deadlines, long hours, and demanding clients, freelance work can often be stressful. Being able to manage high levels of stress can ensure your future success.
What kind of work do you like?
Finding clients and projects that align with your personal interests can help you find meaning in your work, but working with these clients is not always a guarantee. “It’s probably not about ‘let me dedicate myself to something where I will really make a difference,’ because you’re probably not,” he said.
Want more information about Richard and his experience as a freelancer? Check out the full recording of his presentation.