6 things to know about getting freelance clients

The web is an endless sea of possibilities. You can choose your own adventure, working at a design agency or as in-house designer. You can start your own blog or learn the art of 3D using online Blender tutorials. Or you can do something more daring – break out on your own.

But being an independent designer means that you also have to be a business person. You can't tune out the nitty gritty of contracts and ledgers. If you do, your business won't take off. It's a necessary evil.

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Adam Fairhead is founder of Fairhead Creative, a creative web design and marketing company that helps business owners motivate their visitors to buy online. Adam also contributes to the collaborative wireframing and prototyping app UXPin.