I have to admit, I am facing rough times lately and I really hope that it gets better soon. From the beginning on I knew that it will be tough to establish myself as a freelancer on an over-saturated market.
It seems that some people have luck and find clients right away while others like me struggle and have to work in another job in order to support themselves besides designing and blogging in order to find clients. It is not easy for me lately and I am not the happiest person these days neither but still I am sure that things will change at a certain point, even though it might still take sometime.
So many women who started out on their freelance journey have a supporting husband or boyfriend at home with whom they share a place, so in these cases it might not be such a vast problem if there is no money coming in from time to time in the beginning, but I am not one of them. I am all by myself, I have to pay all the bills alone so that makes things a little harder and there is more pressure to make financial ends meet each month.
But I have faith that my hard work will pay off in the end - even if it still a long way to get there, I will not give up until I have established myself as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. This is my biggest goal.
I think most people are not quite transparent when it comes to the financial struggles in the beginning and then other freelancers who just start out feel like a complete fail just because they don't make money right away.
Even though I think that most freelancers also went through tough financial times in the beginning, they just don't really talk about it openly. So here that's me, I just started out this year, it is incredibly hard to make money right away, to establish yourself, to find clients. This is usually not an overnight success to make a living of being self-employed so here you are welcome to follow along my humble beginnings that already brought me lots of sweat and tears. I enjoy to blog and I want to be as transparent as possible about my struggles and hopefully one day also about my successes.
Anyone of you out there also freelancing? How did you get started and how long did it take to establish yourself?