Freelancing: why form a collective?

One of the cliches around freelancing is that it gives you the chance to be your own boss – you can do what you want, how you want, when you want. But the flipside is that it can leave you feeling isolated and cut-off from the support of colleagues. It can also make it harder to attract well-paid gigs from larger clients, as you don’t have that support network around you.

The answer, in Ohh Deer’s case, was to form a collective. The benefit of uniting to form some kind of elite band of illustration-mad people is that there is strength in numbers. One person’s reach is increased tenfold when you pool all the resources available. The collective is able to do things each of us would struggle to do alone. Because we’re able to offer a far wider range of styles, there’s more chance of spreading our web. Ohh Deer deals with products primarily, but we’ve also worked on several group projects together, for clients like Universal Music, The Teenage Cancer Trust, Not Another Bill and Artichose.

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