Design View | Articles and opinion on design professionalism, technique and culture by Andy Rutledge

Advice for New Freelancers

February 13, 2011

If you’re new to freelance design and seeking advice on pricing, writing contracts, potential-client vetting, and other aspects of running your freelance business, I have some long-considered advice to offer.

You are not ready. Stop what you’re doing and go (back) to work for an agency or in-house for a company for a few years and learn those things the way a professional is supposed to learn them: from direct experience among seasoned professionals.

If you're ready to become a freelance professional you already know all of these things and don't need anyone's advice. Freelance is for seasoned professionals only.

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Update 2/14/11
Some notes I've received indicate that some think I'm being obtuse here. On the contrary, I'm trying to help; this is meant to be my very best, helpful advice. If followed, you'll have a much more successful career and will experience that success far earlier than you otherwise might. If you're trying to pick a fight, go do it with someone who's blowing smoke up your butt with lies to keep you in unprofessional practice.

You can follow me on twitter. But are you sure that's a good idea?