This is a topic that has been written quite a lot by pretty much every freelance graphic designer. Although the answer is clear for most, i’ve been thinking my own story lately and realised that no one can tell you when the time is right. It completely depends on you.
As i’ve mentioned on previous posts, i was quite lucky on how i started freelancing. I had no other option than to stay home due to my surgery four years ago, and basically it was either doing nothing, or push myself to experiment on at least that.
I am not going to lie, things have been pretty tough. We’ve had some bad and stressful years, but having Theodore’s support and trust in my skills and how much i wanted it definitely paid of. Only the past few months, in the whole four years, i can say that i finally can breathe. Feeling safe, having a good work flow and an income that i’m comfortable with.
With that said, there are lots of ways you could take the leap. The first and most important thing in my opinion, is considering how you feel about it. I don’t think there’s a time that you will ever be ready. You just go for it and work things out along the way. But there’s definitely a point where you feel more certain of your skills, aesthetics and style that boosts your confidence on your work.
If you’re already taking up freelance projects along with your full time job, a good time to take the leap would be when the number of new projects is getting steadier with each month. Having people that support you can make things a lot easier, as i already have figured out. Not only mentally, but physically as well. Of course there will be stressful months, but having someone to back you up, will make it a whole lot easier.
Any way you take that decision, you have to be aware of all the positives and negatives. It’s a process that will test you in all kinds of ways. Remember, it’s always your hands to make it work. But even if it doesn’t, it’s a pretty darn experience that will make you stronger. After all, we have to experiment in order to see what fits us right?