| mangachan wrote:|
| 305bgirl wrote:|
OP what type of freelance work do you do and what degree to you already have?
Long story short, I got a degree in graphic design not knowing exactly what I wanted to do when I got out so I just worked for the past 2 years. Now I actually know what I want to do (illustration) and I'm getting paid jobs. My family wants me to get big money NOW and don't consider my illustration career a real thing so they are more-or less forcing me to do something else. Nothing freelance or involving entrepreneurship. They want me in a 9-5.
This leads me to another question. Since I have a Bachelor's I'll go ahead and assume that the options in terms of grants are very limited?
By the time you invest your time and money in a program where most people only make on avg. 30k/yr, you could be marketing your skills/building clientele. There are so many businesses/people that could use your sort of expertise and you could easily come out making more money than a medical coder. The key to freelance work is that you have to really learn how to market yourself and what you do. You can go face-to-face with business owners, show them your portfolio and offer them web-design, logo design, brochure design services, etc. Instagram, Twitter, and FB are good networking tools. People are always looking for people to design invitations(weddings/birthday), illustrations for t-shirts(since everyone under the sun is coming out with clothing lines), and flyers. You can contact businesses on those sites and maybe even try to present your portfolio to photographers/studios, wedding/event planners, so that maybe you can partner with them. Just don't limit yourself and be willing to work to the point where your family can't say sh*t. Also, make sure that you are very accessible on the web, so that people can find you (website, seo, & social media accounts) and see your work.
Don't get stuck in a career you don't enjoy. If you put in the right amount of work and commitment, positive results will follow.
Edited by 305bgirl - Jan 22 2014 at 2:10pm