Being a freelance web designer is a path many of us have chosen. The independence you gain from starting your own business is quite a big selling point for making the leap. But along with that independence is a whole lot of responsibility. Frankly, being a freelancer is hard. While anyone can wake up one day and make the decision to go it alone, not everyone is going to flourish. According to recent statistics in the US, about 33% of small businesses fail within two years.
Now, not everyone included in that statistic would be considered a freelancer – but you get the point. It’s easy enough to start out in this business and quite another to actually succeed over the long haul.
As of this writing, I’m entering my 18th year in business. In some ways it’s hard to believe that many years have gone by. And I also realize that it has taken some great luck to get this far into it. Still, there are factors beyond luck that will help you get there.
Here are some things to consider if you want to be a freelance web designer for the long-term:
Commit to the Freelance Lifestyle
Well, nobody’s going to mistake the freelance lifestyle with a Jay Z video. But it certainly