Is freelancing really for you?
Working as a web designer for an agency is pretty straightforward. A set salary will arrive in your bank account each month. You will have set working hours. You don’t have to worry about finding new clients. The agency does all that for you. You just need to clock in, perform your duties and clock off. Becoming a freelance web designer in Berlin is quite different. There is a certain level of entrepreneurship & management skills required to find projects, win projects and manage projects (which is especially relevant). A lot of web designers & developers prefer to focus solely on the actual project work. Furthermore, taking care of the smaller details can be stressful and requires good organisation.
Work / life balance as a Freelance Web Designer in Berlin: Setting your own hours
Finding the motivation to wake up in the morning at a reasonable time can be challenging for many. Without a “boss” or a specific place to go to, it can be difficult to find structure and productivity in the day. Therefore, being a successful freelancer requires structure. Of course, being able to go for a run or meet a friend at whatever time you choose is a reality for freelancers. It’s also important however, to “get things done” during the day.
If you get things right, it’s worth it
If your aim is to be a professional freelance web designer, there are quite a few things to note. New leads need to be generated. Those leads need to be converted into clients. Proposals have to be written. In addition, you will need to invoice, project manage and communicate effectively. Any shifts in the project timeline should be clearly communicated to the client. Otherwise, projects should be completed in the time promised. Furthermore, if you can tick all these boxes, there’s no reason why you won’t succeed as a freelance web designer in Berlin. Most of all, you’ll find that it’s quite rewarding!
Finally, if there is a Freelance Web Design project you'd like to discuss, get in touch.