Go it alone

Freelancing has always had a distinct appeal for designers, because of the increased creative freedom it offers over salaried positions. But the reality is that turning freelance opens up a world of new and often unexpected challenges, which to overcome require skills that are not natural strong suits for many creatives.

Yet forewarned is forearmed, and those who have already taken the plunge are best placed to advise not only how to survive, but thrive, as a freelance creative. Even better placed are those who have defied the downturn and established successful freelance careers in the past 12 months, often out of necessity as much as their own choosing.

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