4 ways to go freelance

Enter any decent co-working space or trendy coffee shop and you'll see them. Armed with a laptop, mobile and very little else, an army of freelancers is quietly revolutionising the creative industry. 

But while the the design industry has never looked better, the Design Council's 2018 Design Economy Report concluding more than half of respondents expect the demand for design-related skills to increase in their sector or industry in the next three years, making the leap to a life of freelance can be incredible daunting. The fear of the unknown can be crippling: will you be able to find work, find work that will really add to your graphic design portfolio, pay the bills, stay motivated? Are you too old – or too young? How should you prepare? 

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Julia Sagar
Editor-in-chief retail

Julia is editor-in-chief, retail at Future Ltd, where she works in e-commerce across a number of consumer lifestyle brands. A former editor of design website Creative Bloq, she’s also worked on a variety of print titles, and was part of the team that launched consumer tech website TechRadar. She's been writing about art, design and technology for over 15 years.