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CobaltLeaf says

True, you can really make bank as a freelancer… but you need guts and skills… tons of both of ‘em. Waiting/lobbying for a comission is tough work and is often thankless. Days turn into weeks, weeks into months, yeah it feels great when something comes your way but up until then you always ask yourself “shouldn’t I just get a 9-5 and not go through this hell?”

I raise my glass to all freelancers/self-employed people… we are the direct descendants to the knights for hire of old (hence the term “free-lance” a lance that is for hire)!!

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joiaco says

i’ve been freelancing as an ‘all round’ artist since 1986 after several years working in an ad agency and still struggle to get work here in South Africa. It’s really tough to keep going (and sleeping) when the commissions dry up, but that stress forces you to think outside the box and expand your skills. In my opinion, freelancing is only for the single-minded and passionate artists.

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themelux says

i’ve been freelancing as an ‘all round’ artist since 1986 after several years working in an ad agency and still struggle to get work here in South Africa. It’s really tough to keep going (and sleeping) when the commissions dry up, but that stress forces you to think outside the box and expand your skills. In my opinion, freelancing is only for the single-minded and passionate artists.

As you probably know though, Freelancing can really make you a lot of money (If you manage your money right). The good thing about it is if you find the right market you can charge a good amount for your work. Just don’t blow it like most people do… Manage it to where if you don’t get a client in a month you have money to fall back on! :)

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graphic4444 says

True, you can really make bank as a freelancer… but you need guts and skills… tons of both of ‘em. Waiting/lobbying for a comission is tough work and is often thankless. Days turn into weeks, weeks into months, yeah it feels great when something comes your way but up until then you always ask yourself “shouldn’t I just get a 9-5 and not go through this hell?” I raise my glass to all freelancers/self-employed people… we are the direct descendants to the knights for hire of old (hence the term “free-lance” a lance that is for hire)!!

great post – and thx for that history of freelance, didn’t know that. good one

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GravityDept says

The most comprehensive data on the web industry is probably the ALA Survey, which is conducted every year: http://aneventapart.com/alasurvey2011/00.html

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