Being a UX professional and to primarily get work by freelancing, many aspects are involved: self-discipline ability, hectic working environment, strategic and “product” business source, design partner, UX design skills and other professional “soft” skills, to name a few. These problems also exist in most freelance work, but how to choose to solve these problems depends on your abilities and experience.
Most of UX designers have considered being a freelancer in the past, and more than likely picked up one or more projects. You may have tried it many times and possibly failed many
1. What are your long-term business goals and channels that will lead you to success?
Are you going to base your UX freelance work on outsourcing, that is, to depend on various platforms to link the cooperation between you and your clients? Or will you create your own product to sell? Does it enable you to support your two or more years’ financial and psychological demands?
Long-time dependence on outsourcing requires a reliable and solid partner. Otherwise, a longstanding lone battle may be too much for you and end in failure. Yet it doesn’t mean that outsourcing can’t support your freelance work. You need stable outsourcing sources. It’s fine to rely only on stable outsourcing sources when your personal brand is somewhat famous. It requires designers’ patience in communication with clients and abilities of cooperation on money and other issues. Only when there is a sound partnership with your clients, can your outsourcing be well sustained.
2. Where are your clients from?
It makes a big difference whether your clients come from home or abroad, in terms of business channels, design standards, integrated skills, product quality and at least language requirements and fund settlement. Therefore, you really should carefully measure your abilities. Freelance work can be one of your alternatives or your sole income source. If you want to do UX freelance work at home, the environment in all aspects should be taken into consideration, such as the copyright protection and purchasing capacity of your country. Environments of freelance work at home and aboard can be very different, so you should deliberate your target groups.
3. Can you handle the authorization of your works (either in design or development) or even your intellectual property management?
When going UX freelancing, can you protect your intellectual property rights and literary rights? When a dispute over copyright or an infringement occurs, can your incomes be ensured and not be influenced by lawless persons and companies? Be careful about the possibility that your income
4. How do you position yourself in starting to be
an UX freelance?
Can you ensure your abilities as
5. Can you ensure that your UX freelance work is in a benign circle?
Have you been well-prepared to be
That is, you should improve your comprehensive abilities, such as the abilities to establish your private brand and to popularize your works.Put it more specifically, you need to know how to get your works on the first pages or featured pages of Dribbble, Behance and the best is to create a profile on Toptal.
Someone may query whether one person can be a full stack and handle the whole jobs. Why not? As