Why I Freelance: Tips From a Nomadic Designer

In our ‘Why I Freelance’ series, we talk to freelancers, new and old, on why they gave 9 to 5-ing the boot and get their tips for anyone looking to take the leap into freelance work.

Shawn Bankston is a seasoned freelancer with seven years of graphic design and creative directing under his belt. Currently traveling the world while working remotely on Remote Year, Shawn thanks his freelance lifestyle for even being able to consider the program.

We talked to Shawn about the ups and downs of freelancing, the biggest misconception of contract work, and even got his three tips for anyone interested in ditching their office job. Don’t forget to check out Shawn’s page to view his awesome portfolio.

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How One Introvert Overcame Her Fear + Became a Freelance Artist

To become the illustrator she is today, Ana Caizerliu has had to experiment with her careers.

Ana grew up in Romania loving and studying fine arts. She first worked in advertising but spent hours drawing after work. Ana was very shy about showing people her work, but once she realized her talent, everything changed. Today, Ana is a full-time freelance illustrator who focuses on packaging design, animation, and painting.  

Ana’s whimsical and colorful designs are so inspiring that we just may pick up a pencil and try our hand at illustrating one day soon. For now, we’ll let Ana stick to it. Check out Ana’s website to see all of her beautiful illustrations.

Read on to learn more about how Ana found herself drawing daily, her three tips for aspiring illustrators, and the greatest obstacle of her career thus far.

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Thinking of Freelancing? 5 Things to Do First

If you’re not freelancing already, you will be soon.

If freelancers are happier and making more money, what’s holding you back from starting a side hustle or going full on solopreneur?

Well, we’re pretty sure there’s an obstacle or two:

Finding clients and having a full pipeline of work.

Before you dive into life as a freelancer, here are five things you should do to help avoid a future dry spell that lasts longer than you’d like.

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