How to Become a Freelance Designer

How to Build a Successful Design Business

Have you ever dreamed of breaking away from the 9-to-5 grind and becoming your own boss? Is what you’re doing now not quite what you had dreamed it would be? For that matter, have you ever wanted to do work you love most of the time, getting paid and appreciated for what you produce? How about getting away from the same old setting—with its endless meetings, corporate politics, and the many other irritations that tend to spring to mind when you’re coming back from a holiday? Have you ever considered how different life might be as a freelancer, or if you were to run your own design agency? Can you imagine the freedom of not having to rush about so much, of working only a few paces away from where you wake up? Maybe, you’ve even wanted to do all that from the beach on a desert island or in a trendy coffee shop in an inspiring urban landscape?

The truth is that there’s nothing stopping you from doing just that. Going into business for yourself as a freelancer or entrepreneur can be a highly rewarding and exciting way to work. Freelancers and entrepreneurs often get to choose where they work. By redefining the way you work, you can also redesign the way you live. Once you have the contracts, you can set up in Prague, Delhi, Koh Phangan, Cape Town, Rio, or wherever you have your heart set on.

This course will show you how to do just that. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a ton of savings in the bank, and it doesn’t matter if you think it can’t be done. It can; one of the course instructors and tens of thousands of other freelancers built their freelance businesses from nothing. Many of them built their businesses in interesting countries where they didn’t speak the language. The founders of the Interaction Design Foundation (IDF), Mads Soegaard and Rikke Friis Dam, built the IDF while living in low-cost countries, so they were able to focus on creating high-quality educational content while having low expenses. It’s an ingenious way of having the best of both worlds (freedom of work and seeing the world)—all while keeping the wolves away from the door, money-wise.

We’ll show you how to begin from scratch and take you through every step and avenue—everything from overcoming your fears to the practicalities of making a brand name of yourself. We will share everything as to how you can start your own design agency or start working as a freelancer from pretty much anywhere at any time to live the life of your dreams while providing high-quality services and products to the benefit of your clients.

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