Many web designers have dreams of becoming freelancers. It seems like the ultimate way to work. You can set your own hours, and work from home, while having enough free time to do everything that you would like. However, being a freelancer is no walk in the park. In order to be successful, you will have to spend a lot of time in front of your computer. In fact, you might find that you will have to work more hours than you would in a regular job.
Being able to set your own hours, and work when you want to, seems like a great idea. However, if you are not self motivated, you might find that you do not get a lot of work done. There are many distractions when you are working from home. You are able to slack off and watch television, or raid the kitchen for snack food. When you are in an office, you do not have much to do but get your work done. If you are working from home, you might find that loved ones, room mates, and the temptation to do other things, can get in the way of your daily work schedule. I know from experience how hard it can be to freelance from home. You have to find your own jobs, and there is always the danger that you do not have enough work. Sometimes you will find that you have too much work, and it seems like you will never get it all done. Whatever your reasons are for wanting to freelance, you have to weight up the options before you make a commitment.
If you want to start your own freelance career, you have to do the necessary research first. You have to assess how freelancing will change your life, and the way that you work.
It sounds like a great life, to make your money using your own terms. However, you will soon realise that freelancers do not make as much money as people who work for companies. You are going to have to pay all of your own expenses, and anything you need to buy will come out of your own pocket. Consider the costs of hosting services and domain names, office supplies such as stationary, a desk, a chair, and business cards. You will have to pay for any required software yourself, which can end up costing a great deal of money. If you do not already have a home office, you are going to need one if you want to stay productive.
Any stock media that you require will have to be paid for from your own funds. When you are working for a company, they will pay for all of these things in most cases. However, if you freelancing, the costs are all going to paid for by you. This is an important thing to consider if you want to be a freelancer. You are going to have to manage your own finances. If you are not good with money, you might find yourself unable to pay bills.