'I'll work full-time for an agency for five years and then I'll go freelance.' That is what I told myself when I got a job as a designer at an advertising agency in London. But it took me less then a year to realise this wasn't for me. It just didn't feel right to be inside an office, day in day out, to give up evenings and weekends and to ask permission when I wanted to take some time off. So after almost two years I quit my job and went freelance. And I am not the only one that is making this decision.
MORE THEN 40% OF THE WORKFORCE IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY IS FREELANCE.
The percentage of self-employment will only continue to grow in the next years as we, the so called Millennials or Generation Y, will take up 75% of the workforce by 2025. Our generation wants more out of their life than a steady income or long-term career! We want freedom, experiences, creativity and collaboration. Nowadays people are not loyal to a company any more, but instead they are loyal to their own art en skill. And with todays society and the technology at hand, it is easier then ever to start working for yourself or create your own business.
But even though it might be easier these days, it is still a scary thing to do. How to set up your own business is something we never learned in art school. No lessons were given in handling clients, paying taxes or how to make sure you end up with a pension. So when I went freelance, I did a lot of research and it wasn't easy to find trustworthy information. There are blogs and websites out there that give information on these topics, but none that spoke to me as a creative person. So then I got the idea.. why don't I start the blogging about my experiences? Share the things I have learned along the way and hopefully be helpful to other creatives out there.