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Freelance vs. Full time ?!?

6 months ago from , Founder @ FOLYOZ

I am interested to hear the experience of those who have "made it" in design, illustration, art direction, and creative direction.

Do you find that you have achieved more, earned more, and gained better opportunities by doing contract work with clients, or bouncing around full-time positions at companies (or staying put)?

We have been able to get some good information concerning our audience for www.folyoz.net , but I'm very interested to hear your opinions!

4 comments

  • iterati designiterati design, 6 months ago

    Not that I 'made it', but first I gained experience and skills full-time. You can have someone reviewing and mentoring you. Doing that on your own might be a challenge.

    Then I got better opportunities and earned more working independently.

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  • Jennifer Nguyen, 6 months ago

    I'm not sure what you mean by 'made it' but I'll interpret that as making money which combats the stereotype of "starving artist". Yes, I can still be creative and make a good living.

    I feel like this really depends on the person. I've done both and the things I've learned/achieved/gained were different. It's like comparing apples and oranges. When you're in a full time position, you learn to navigate office politics, working with other departments, reporting and executing someone else's vision, etc. When you're freelancing, you learn to handle clients, do things the way you want, manage budget, etc. One isn't better or more than the other, it's just different.

    I'd encourage every designer to experiment with both worlds to see what they like. Opportunities are every where, it just takes effort to find them or luck for them to land right in front of you.

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  • , 6 months ago

    Even if you are just beginning your career, I would love to hear your experience deciding how to work!

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