I caught wind of a friend making the transition from in-house designer to freelancer or proprietor of a small design studio and looking for advice. I’ve never truly done the freelance thing, so I outsourced the advice thing to y’all on Twitter. It’s surprising how consistent the advice is, when distilled.
Having savings and being careful about maintaining and growing it is a big theme. I imagine it’s a cashflow thing. Times can be fat. Times can be lean. Savings will get you through the lean times.
Charge more money
Do networking and build relationships
Get an accountant and think about taxes
Build clients while it’s not risky
Know that “design” is only part of the job
Wear Pants Sometimes
The Advice For Going Freelance Is Very Consistent is a post from CSS-Tricks