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Infographic: 5 Mistakes Every Freelancer Makes

Creative Market March 31, 2021 · 1 min read

Paula Scher, the talented designer behind logos like Microsoft 8, Citi and The New York City Ballet, once pointed out a very important truth about mistakes in design: “It’s through mistakes that you actually can grow. You have to get bad in order to get good.”
This idea is a perfect fit for freelancers, who must constantly struggle with new challenges in their road to building an independent design practice. And we wished it was just about dealing with design issues! Here come accounting, legal, HR, marketing and dozens of other business functions that we are often not familiar with. We’ve created this infographic to share five of the most common mistakes that freelancers must learn from and avoid in the future. If you have any others to add, feel free to do so in the comments section below!

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  • All very common! 7 years ago
  • Nice! 7 years ago
  • great advice. i try to follow these pretty hard but sometimes ya just want those funds. ;) 6 years ago
  • "Charging too little" is a hard one to navigate, but it will steer you clear of folks who don't understand or appreciate the effort involved in creating good design. 6 years ago
  • I've been through all of that in my journey! I'm finally learning to say no and specializing in a couple of things. It's so spot on, I think most freelancers experience at least one or two of these things! 6 years ago
  • Yes, I can relate to this absolutely! 6 years ago
  • I'm a non-traditional student getting a design degree after working 18 years in print and design. I am Constantly telling my classmates to watch "F*ck You, Pay Me" because they don't use, even the most basic, contacts or ask for what their work is worth. Making two of these mistakes every job they do. 6 years ago