Graphic Designer

Nat Carroll

We’re excited to be returning to Australia this week to chat with Creative Lady Directory member Nat Carroll. Nat is an independent art director, graphic designer, and illustrator who creates warm, playful and expressive communication for creative, entrepreneurial, purpose-driven types, including herself! Dive on in for an empowering and inspiring read and look out for Nat’s advice regarding business investment and saying no to projects sooner.

Nat Carroll | Freelance Wisdom

Tell us about your path to becoming a freelance art director, graphic designer, and illustrator.

I accidentally fell into freelancing. It was 2008, I was into my second design role, working for a music and event company and had started dating the man of my life. We'd been together for six months when he suddenly got a call to move to The Netherlands for his career. I decided to take a big leap of faith, packed up my life in Sydney and joined him for the adventure. I didn't speak dutch and so I somewhat naively thought it'd be easier to start a remote studio than find a job. I'd grown up in an entrepreneurial household and had moonlighted in my early twenties helping friends with albums, posters and logos, so I think having that exposure early on gave me the confidence to give it a go. It's ended up being the greatest, most rewarding risk of my life so far.

Like a lot of creatives I’d gladly spend hours in my room as a kid, drawing and painting in my own little world and I knew I wanted to be an artist when I grew up – there was a very short period when I wanted to be a receptionist, but my mum pushed me to 'dream bigger, honey!'... When the time came, I floated the idea of studying fine art, but my parents, worried I’d end up a starving artist, guided me towards design. I'm so grateful they did. I studied visual communication in Sydney at the Billy Blue School of Graphic Arts, which also exposed me to commercial illustration and working with my hands, and so as opportunities arose over the years, I found myself gravitating towards projects and clients where I could explore and combine my multi-disciplinary curiosities.

Nat Carroll | Summer Sounds Festival Poster | Freelance Wisdom

You do a wonderful job sharing about yourself on your website. Have you found your transparency and open personality to be helpful with regards to attracting the right clients?

This is a fairly recent thing I've been trying to put into practice, but yes, so far, so good! I think to stand out in business you have to be willing to look inwards instead of presenting a version of yourself that you think you *should* be to clients and customers. Instead, I feel it's more powerful to look at your values, voice, personality, and style and unearth what's different, even if you think it's a bit strange or vulnerable. Be willing to spend time digging into what makes you unique and work on your brand, beyond a logo and basic guidelines.

I'm glad you picked up on this! I was intentionally wanting to craft a brand with my personality and style infused in there. Personally, I'm more likely to buy from a business that I feel really connected to, so I think it's helpful to draw inspiration from those brands you feel that instant alignment to online – they're the ones that do a great job in expressing their personality. I think as creatives, we tend to forget to do this for ourselves. We need to break down the digital barriers, especially those of us who work remotely, let go of trying to appeal to everyone, and instead get used to expressing ourselves in that medium to find people on our wavelength. It was a very drawn out process, playing the client, but I am finding it's starting to pay off in terms of attracting projects and people I want to work with.

Nat Carroll | triple j magazine | Chet Faker Spread | Freelance Wisdom
Nat Carroll | breaking digital barriers | Freelance Wisdom

We also noticed this statement on your website:

"I acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work."

Can you tell us about your motivation to include this statement?

It's about respect. In Australia, there's a long way to go in our journey towards reconciliation and recognising our colonial past. It's a way in which non-indigenous people can offer a small gesture of awareness and respect to Aboriginal culture and the ongoing relationship the traditional custodians have with the land. I draw inspiration from nature and particularly of where I live, which is a very spiritual place for the local Yuin people, so it also comes from a place of gratitude and shared love for this place I get to call home.

Nat Carroll | Diver | Freelance Wisdom

What is one thing you can’t live without while working on a project?

My hands! My aesthetic is really illustrative so I'm always happy when there's an opportunity to use them in a project. Another big one for me is feeling aligned to my personal values. When I'm working with clients who are collaborative, trusting in the creative process and value my thinking and aesthetics, I feel engaged and energised. Without these I feel de-valued, a bit like a mac-monkey-bot, and not at all my best self.

Nat Carroll | Freelance Wisdom

Do you have any tips for being your most productive?

My most productive days are when I'm feeling grounded. This mostly means looking after myself physically and emotionally. Most days I try to meditate, take the dog for a walk, take a shower if I get stuck on an idea, eat real, unprocessed food, and go to bed at a reasonable hour – kinda easy to do when you live in a small coastal town! I swear everyone's in bed by 9:30pm.

I've also become a big planner over the years. I don't just set goals anymore and watch them fade into oblivion. I've found that breaking goals down into monthly, weekly and daily tasks helps me stay on track. Planning is key to me feeling like I'm in control of my business, not it in control of me. Of course, things tend to derail when I get busy, but I always have a plan to get back to, instead of just reacting to everything that comes along.

Nat Carroll | triple j magazine cover | Freelance Wisdom

What has been your greatest struggle as a freelancer so far?

In the last couple of years I've been paying the price for not placing my health and wellbeing above all else. I've had some amazing opportunities, but with these came a lot of long days in the studio, heightened stress levels and it felt like everyone and everything else in my life was on hold. I'm in my mid-thirties now and gravely underestimated what my body needs to feel at ease. I naively thought I could handle 14-16 hour days at my desk, 6 days a week for an extended period of time and I'd come out unscathed. Everyone else works like this, right?! It's what we need to do to succeed or be seen as a success? I ended up experiencing a whole range of repercussions, from a massive strain on my relationship, to burnout, adrenal fatigue and allergy/gut issues. Now I've found a better balance in my life, thank goodness! It forced me to slow down a bit and re-define what 'success' means to me, be more aware of my basic needs, and it's helped to establish boundaries and set better expectations in my business. Ultimately I've found I've become more productive because of this whole curveball. Ah, the hindsight!

Do you have any tips for dealing with the nitty-gritty business details?

Don't be afraid to invest in your business – it's taken me a long time to get over the DIY approach I started out with, but I've realised along the way that there's just some things that I'm hopeless at, some mistakes that ended up costing me more than what hiring a professional would have, and some that take me more time and energy than they should. If there's something you dread doing, save up and hire someone. Stop looking at it as an impossible expense, and instead, as an investment in levelling up and focusing on what you're good at.

Nat Carroll | Gulaga Mountain | Freelance Wisdom
Nat Carroll | Investing in your business | Freelance Wisdom

Are there any projects on which you're ruminating that you'd like to make time for someday?

Lots! There's many more commercial projects I’d love to explore – more books, festivals and I dream of doing an illustrative identity for a museum or botanical garden. I'd also like to carve out some time to follow my curiosities – writing and publishing an illustrated book, offering clients retreats of some kind, creating painted ceramics, building a product-based brand from scratch. I also daydream of opening up a little retail shop attached to my studio in Bermagui. That should keep me busy for the next 100 years, right?!

What is one thing you wish you knew when you were starting out?

I wish I'd known that it was ok to say no, sooner. I know it's super scary to say no to projects, especially if you don't have regular income coming in, but I feel ultimately, having a scarcity mindset, of feeling afraid that there's nothing else out there, really cost me opportunities to grow further, sooner. You have to ask yourself, if I say yes, what will this mean? Is this short-term project aligned with my long-term plans? What am I closing the door on here? Is saying no, really saying yes to something else, something better? After doing this for a while I've come to believe that things will always just work out, somehow. The universe has always got our backs — even in the moment when it doesn't necessarily feel like it.

Nat Carroll | Propelled Pictures logo | Freelance Wisdom

How do you stay creatively inspired?

I love how artist/illustrator Lisa Congdon frames this – do whatever it takes to stay engaged. It's made me consciously think about what I can do each day to keep showing up. For me, that's working on personal projects, swimming, staring at the sea, walking my dog, exploring new hobbies, devouring podcasts, books and music and also making sure I get myself out of my introverted habits, making time for friends and family. I'm also hugely inspired when I travel to new surroundings, soaking up all the food, culture and just creating the space for observation and reflection.

Any music, podcast, book recommendations, or something you're currently obsessed with that you'd like to share?

Hmmm of late, it's the Creative Pep Talk podcast – Andy's episodes always leave me feeling inspired and equipped with some new insights. I'm a fan of Steven Pressfield's books on creativity, and can't stop watching his recent interview with the amazing Marie Forleo. And pretty much any true crime podcast I can get my hands on.

Nat Carroll | Make A Scene Sydney flyers | Freelance Wisdom

The 3 greatest attributes you need to be a freelance creative are:

I'd say be an intentional listener, bring loads of courage, and show up and do the work, every day!

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Timia Lewis

Timia Lewis is a Birmingham-based freelance graphic designer specializing in brand identity, packaging, print, and interactive design. We discovered her work through our Creative Lady Directory and seized the opportunity to learn more about her design journey. We love the insight she shares regarding attracting ideal clients through her slowly, but intentionally built, portfolio.

Timia Lewis | Freelance Wisdom

Tell us about your path to becoming a freelance graphic designer.

When I was a kid, my mom gave me the American Girl Room Crafts book. I think that’s what first sparked my creativity. The book led to me creating my own room crafts and falling in love with making and designing. The summer after my first year of college, I started my own DIY blog. After starting the blog, I realized that I needed a logo, so I made my own. I really enjoyed designing the logo and decided to redesign the entire blog. I had learned a few basic html and css skills from high school, but decided to read a lot of web design tutorials to refresh and hone my knowledge. Because of this personal project, I discovered that I really liked branding and web design, and I decided to pursue it part-time.

I started part-time freelancing my second year in college. At the time, I was also working as a desk assistant for the school’s residence life. As long as we did all of our desk duties, we were pretty much free to fill the time however we wanted. The system worked out nicely because I wasn’t really making any money freelancing. I had no portfolio and no experience so I charged next to nothing. While part-time designing wasn’t really sustainable, I fell in love with graphic design and decided to switch both my major and my university to pursue it.

During the summer after my third year in college, I freelanced full-time. I loved freelancing, but after that summer I thought it was too lonely to do permanently (I didn’t know many people in the area and I didn’t know coworking spaces existed). I decided to pursue working in a design firm and the summer before I graduated, I interned with a firm almost full-time. One of the things that was so great about this firm was their genuine desire to teach their interns. We were given our own projects, included in meetings, and taken on business trips. I learned so many lessons during my time there - the most important lesson being that I wasn’t meant to work in a firm.

While I was working at the firm, there was so much I missed about freelancing. I missed being able to talk to my clients; I missed being able to say no to projects that weren’t the right fit for me; and I missed being able to work every single part of a project. I decided that after I graduated from college, I would pursue freelancing full-time. I knew that working in a firm was not the right path for me, and I took the leap of faith on freelancing. The Lord was faithful, worked it out perfectly, and here I am today.

Timia Lewis | Willie n Wylie | Freelance Wisdom

In the beginning, how did you attract your first good clients?

One way I received my first good clients was through a freelancing network; but the other way (and the more important way) I received some of my first good clients was by treating the clients I had well and by giving them the best work I had to offer. It’s so easy to slack on a project that you’re not excited about or isn’t in your niche; but it’s really important to do your best work for every single thing you do.

One of my favorite clients was an entrepreneur who also helped manage people’s businesses. Not only did she come to me for work on her newest endeavor, but she also referred me to her own clients when they needed work done. I wouldn’t have had repeat projects or any referrals from her if I hadn’t done the best work I could have for her or for those she referred to me.

Do you have any tips for being your most productive?

For me, it’s not working at home. Of course working from home is sometimes unavoidable, but I try to stay away from it during my scheduled hours. When I’m at home, there are so many distractions for me. Leaving the house helps put me in the mindset of getting things done. Another way I stay productive is by having a notebook just dedicated to lists. I have lists on my project management system as well, but the physical act of writing things down and crossing them off has always helped keep me super organized and on task.

Timia Lewis | fork meets knife logo | Freelance Wisdom

What is one thing you can't live without while working on a project?

I would be lost without my sketchbook. It’s where I start writing about my project, where I go to put my designs, and where I return when I’m stumped on a problem. If a logo or layout doesn’t work out the way I envisioned it, there are always more to look at in my sketchbook. If one of those other designs doesn’t work, I can always go back to my sketchbook and try again. I used to be pretty bad about going straight to the screen to design something, but that almost always resulted in frustration. Using a sketchbook is much quicker and much more effective.

What has been your greatest struggle as a freelancer so far?

Probably work life balance. Because I get to do what I love, I find myself working a lot more than I should. I really don’t mind it all that much, but I think I should be stricter on myself than I am and give myself time to pursue other things I enjoy. I also allow myself to get distracted by other things pretty easily. For work I have to use Pinterest and Instagram and it’s easy to get sucked into never ending scrolling.

Timia Lewis | Rhapso business cards | Freelance Wisdom
Timia Lewis | Rhapso packaging | Freelance Wisdom

How do you continue to attract your ideal clients?

By having the best possible portfolio I can. I used to have a lot of projects in my portfolio, but I’ve narrowed it down a great deal and have become much pickier about what I put in it. If I have any doubts about whether or not something should be in my portfolio it probably means that it shouldn’t be. I look at each project in my portfolio and I think “Will my ideal client hire me if all they saw was this single project?” If the answer is no, I don’t put it in there.

I’m also super picky about what project pictures I post for my portfolio. I spend a lot of time taking and editing each of the photos, and I only share and post what I think is the best. It takes longer to update my portfolio with projects, but I’m okay with that if it means my portfolio is the best it can be.

Do you have any tips for dealing with the nitty-gritty business details?

Getting an email scheduler was a game changer for me. I truly love what I do and I constantly find myself working beyond office hours. Having an email scheduler makes it so I don’t have to worry about sending emails at weird hours of the night or forgetting to send emails in the morning. I personally use Boomerang; and it lets you schedule an alert if you haven’t heard back from a client within a certain amount of time. This is really helpful when it comes to unresponsive clients as well as client follow ups. 10/10. Would definitely recommend.

Timia Lewis | Mere | Freelance Wisdom
Timia Lewis | On what to include in her portfolio | Freelance Wisdom

Are there any projects on which you're ruminating that you'd like to make time for someday?

Oh, absolutely. When I started design school, I abandoned my diy blog. I think it would be really fun to give it a rebrand and start it back up again. I didn’t know much about design while I was doing it, but I think that now, I could turn it into something really cool and unique.

And of course I have a very real and very long list of other projects that I would like to pursue.

How do you stay creatively inspired?

I stay inspired creatively by looking at the work of others. My go-to platform for doing that is Pinterest. When I look, I don’t only look at graphic design, but I also look at environmental design, illustrations, fine art, and photography. I also really like reading! Because I do overall branding, words are really important. Anne in Anne of Green Gables is so over dramatic and eloquent. I love it. Anne is able to give things beautiful names like “Idlewild” and I aspire to be just like that. She’s the perfect source of inspiration for words. Another way I stay inspired is by observing and documenting the world around me. If I really like the typography on an old sign, I take a picture. If the sky has a really rad color scheme, I take a picture. I eventually organize or delete these pictures, but it’s helpful in keeping me aware of my surroundings and their beauty.

Timia Lewis | The Brow Spa | Freelance Wisdom

Any music, podcast, or book recommendations that you'd like to share?

This was actually a super tough question for me because I like a pretty big range of music (a lot of which are musicals), for now I’m just going to mention three.

1. Lily and Madeleine: lilandmad.com

Lily and Madeleine are sisters and their music is super good for working. Their music is mostly calm and floaty. I recommend them for watching the rain fall with a cup of tea.

2. Simper: simper.bandcamp.com

Simper is a pretty cool new artist. He has an album dedicated to some of the dreams he’s had. It’s an interesting concept and his other music is good and honest, too.

3. Empire Springs: empirespringsmusic.com

Empire Springs is my favorite local band. I’ve been to a bunch of their shows and they’ve recently started doing some space themed stuff. It’s pretty cool.

Anything else that you'd like to share?

I think it’s really important to celebrate the great work others do. It can be really easy to look at a project that someone else has done and react with jealousy and criticism, but comparison truly is the thief of joy. Just because someone else is doing something great doesn’t mean you aren’t too, and the success of someone else’s work can push you to create better work yourself.

I have to remind myself of this often.

Timia Lewis | Rhapso coupons | Freelance Wisdom
Timia Lewis | On comparison | Freelance Wisdom

The 3 greatest attributes you need to be a freelance creative are:

1. A love of learning

2. Determination

3. Aptitude

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Becky Simpson

Becky Simpson is the founder of Chipper Things, a paper and lifestyle brand that celebrates friendship and play. Becky is also an art director, illustrator, graphic designer, author, and speaker. Her work, in all these areas, fuses her passion for connection, process and play. She believes in celebrating our wonky traits and delighting in the ordinary.

We love this interview for SO many reasons but especially because Becky embraces the dance between freelance and full-time work and celebrates what each type of work has given her. Make sure to read all the way to the end for hidden gems of wisdom on this topic!

 

Photo by Alex Crawford 

Photo by Alex Crawford 

Tell us about your path to becoming the illustrator and designer you are today.

I’ve always been the art kid. I’m from a small town and was pretty coddled as THE artist. Some of my earliest memories have to do with being affirmed in my creativity. I’ve always known I was going to have some sort of artsy career. I studied graphic design to be “practical” but eventually inserted my doodles into projects whenever I could. It’s just what I enjoyed doing. After doing a lot of that and developing a style (which I never sought out to do, just happened by way of drawing a lot), I became equal parts graphic designer and illustrator. Then I wrote my first book (I’d Rather Be Short) while I was at my first job and that launched me into my freelance career.

In the beginning of your freelance career, how did you attract your first good clients?

When I first started freelancing I had one main retainer client (healthcare stuff). One of my mentors told me not to put all of my eggs in that basket but I didn’t listen. Things eventually petered off with that client and I was struggling. I had no consistent work and I was terrible at quoting projects—I had zero clue as to the value of my work or the time it would take to complete. In fact, I charged $200 for my first project—album art for a friend—and I apologized for it. Facepalm. It was a long road, but I started to attract good clients the old fashioned way: creating good work, posting the kind of work I wanted to keep making and telling people that I was looking for x-type of work. It’s important to note that I had the space to be such a dodo because I had a book advance that I received right before going freelance. I wish I didn’t blow it on not being a good business owner, but that’s what carried me through those terrible months (and honestly, it was a big struggle for at least a couple of years.) Another note: That book probably gave me zero freelance work, but it did give me clout and cool opportunities, which eventually (indirectly) led to projects.
Okay, one last thing (and maybe the most important): I’ve always been involved in the design community and I’ve attended a lot of conferences. Much of the work that comes to me is word of mouth or friend of friends of friends. A lot of it traces back to folks in the industry I’ve gotten to know over the years. I showed up to my first conference not knowing ANYONE and actually left with new friends. I’m telling you, this “who you know” stuff is real and the good news is that you can meet these people by putting yourself in front of them.
Photo by Sydney Whitten

Photo by Sydney Whitten

Becky Simpson | Put Yourself Out There | Freelance Wisdom

After 4 years of freelance you switched to a full time job. How did it feel to transition back to full-time work after 4 years of working on your own?

I started working full time again about a year ago (I have since moved back to freelance and as of when this is posted—it will be my first day at my new full time job). To be honest, the process of going from freelance to full time a year ago was quite tumultuous for me personally.  I had all of my identity wrapped up into freelancing/doing it myself (I was too proud—I had spoken at conferences! Published books! Talked about business stuff!) I thought that I was failing but the reality was that at that time, freelance wasn’t serving me anymore. I wanted a remote lifestyle, but I wanted consistency and more structure. Running two businesses (freelance + Chipper Things) made everything feel heavy. I wanted it to feel light again. And the craziest, most unintuitive thing actually happened: I felt so much more freedom with a full time job than I had felt as a full time freelancer. Much of that has to do with the company I worked for, but relinquishing control does have its powers.

You mentioned that your full-time work has made you a better freelancer, can you tell us more about that?

Since I don’t need it I’m way more picky. I’m selective with my time and I charge more than I used to. I did this with a big project and quoted $12k—twice as much as I felt like I “should have charged for my time.”  And guess what? I landed it! The client said that I was clearly a pro and they were willing to pay more than they expected as long as they could have someone reliable. That happened again recently (much smaller project). The funny thing is, after both were said and done, the “high amounts” I quoted were totally appropriate prices due to all of the (underestimated) work that went into it. I wouldn't’ have found this out if I had a scarcity mindset.
Becky Simpson | Pants Notebook | Chipper Things | Freelance Wisdom

From 2015-2016 you were an inaugural Adobe Creative Resident and you launched Chipper Things during that time (congrats!). What was your biggest ah-ha moment from that experience?

I found out that chipping away at something slowly but surely (and consistently) is more powerful than big leaps. A small illustration every day for 100 days gave me a library of content that I still use. This has served me more than working hard all weekend of staying up until 2 AM grinding out work. I leaned other stuff too, but this one first came to mind.

Additionally, if you could give one piece of advice to illustrators/graphic designers thinking of opening their own shop, what would it be?

Start small. I wish I didn’t launch Chipper Things with so many products (over 80!). I didn’t even love some of them all upon launching but had it in my head (because I heard that’s how Rifle launched) that success means blowing people out of the water with quantity. What a waste of resources and energy! If you want to sell products start as small as possible, using a platform like Etsy or even printing on demand with someone like Printful. Send free stuff to people you admire (with no strings attached) and proudly, unapologetically tell the world about what you are selling. Remember, sincere enthusiasm is not bragging. Enthusiasm is contagious and gives others permission to do the same.
Becky Simpson | Good Vibes | Freelance Wisdom
Becky Simpson | Sincere Enthusiasm | Freelance Wisdom

You do all the things, freelance, run Chipper Things, manage your course on Brit &Co, work full-time...do you have any tips for being your most productive?

First of all, nothing is ever done at the same time. Each big thing happens in its own season—never all at once. It’s easy to be intimidated by other peoples’ resumes, but we have to remember the most successful people focus on one thing at a time, execute it, then do the next thing. My main day-to-day productivity hack is the pomodoro technique in the Productivity Planner (I was a Bullet Journal purist until this one, though they can be used in tandem).

With all those ventures in mind, what has been your greatest struggle as a creative business owner so far?

Right now it’s getting out of the spiral of 24/7 work. Work begets work. I’m doing too much right now (but thankfully as of this week I’ll be back to a working-more-normal-hours rhythm thanks to some cool big life changes). When you’re so saturated with work/career stuff, the default mode becomes a lazy productivity: accomplishing something—anything—is easier than stepping back and evaluating the bigger picture or creating systems to eliminate much of the work in the first place. Current struggle: I want to hire help for Chipper Things in the near future but feel held back by the whole “But it’s easier if I just do it,” and “It’s not big enough to need THAT much help but it’s too big for me to keep managing it all on my own” dance.
Photo by Constance Higley

Photo by Constance Higley

Tell us about these big life changes! And how will it help your work-life balance?

In a couple of weeks my husband  and I are going to embark on a year of traveling and living in an Airstream!  And as of the publication of this interview, I’ll be working full time (remote, obviously) for Tubby Todd. These big changes forced me to 1) Get a fulfillment center for Chipper Things 2) Turn down freelance projects and 3) Greg is going to have a bigger role in Chipper Things, which means he’ll be taking over the stuff that gives me the biggest headache and takes a lot of my time. This trip is a reset that is forcing me to implement the kind of systems I’ve preached about in the past.

Do you have any tips for dealing with the nitty-gritty business details?

I wish I hired a bookkeeper day one. I thought it was so expensive but I sucked at it, which of course cost me more time and money. If you’re a small business, the bookkeeper will probably not cost very much. It’s worth looking into, so you at least know where to turn when you do feel “ready” (though you are ready right now). I love Quickbooks. It took me too long to hop on that train too. The ultimate hack though? Ask for what you want. I believe Oprah said it best: “You get in  life what you have the courage to ask for”. Oh! And I love how Kathleen and Emily (of Being Boss) say to never leave money on the table. AKA, never delay sending an invoice or cashing a check. Sounds simple and obvious enough, right?
Becky Simpson | The Roomate Book | Freelance Wisdom
Becky Simpson | Roommate Gift Ideas | Freelance Wisdom

Any music, podcast, or book recommendations that you'd like to share?

I’m due for a reread of Essentialism by Greg McKeown.  It’s all about weaning off the non-essentials in life (geared more toward business. Appropriate for both freelancers and full timers). It’s inspiring and quite freeing. Shoot, I'm going to listen to it after I’m done with this interview. I usually audiobook business books.

Anything we missed that you'd like to share?

I think a lot of times people say they want to be freelance, but maybe what they really want or need is just to work remote. The freelance lifestyle has a ton of perks (WORTH IT), but working remote and full time (for a company you love) has many of the same benefits as a freelance lifestyle. Of course, the actual company does make a big difference in the equation. And it’s likely you’ll still need and want the freedom to do personal projects. I’m a big, big fan of the freelance lifestyle (that’s what brought me so many cool opportunities). I just want to push back on the notion that freelancing is the only way to be free. There are a lot of other freedoms that come with a job: Financial security, structure/stability, energy, etc.
Becky Simpson | Everybody has a story | Freelance Wisdom

The 3 greatest attributes you need to be a freelance creative are:

Passionate, curious and accountable (I don’t think the last one is necessarily an attribute, but there needs to be some sort of accountability for there to be challenge and growth.)

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