Web Designers, Don’t Do It Alone

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Whether freelancers, small agency founders or website owners, too many of us work alone. The downside of the digital revolution is isolation. The Web allows us to do alone what previously would have required a team of people. It also frees us from the constraints of geography, allowing us to work from home. But while these are benefits, they also leave us isolated.

The Dangers Of Isolation

Over time, working in isolation (even if you function as part of a team) can prove harmful to your mental health, business and website. In fact, even if other people are working on a project of yours, if they are junior to you, you can still feel isolated.

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If you don’t find a peer with whom you can share ideas and discuss your business or project, you face a number of dangers:

  • Dry up creatively
    Creativity is born of interaction. Being consistently creative on your own is hard. The best ideas come from people brainstorming together and from one great idea leading to another. Without someone to bounce ideas around with, your business or project will lack a creative spark.
  • Lose confidence
    Over time we can lose confidence in our abilities or our business. This is especially true when we make mistakes and things go wrong. Without someone to encourage and reassure us, we can begin to second-guess our decisions.
  • Become over-confident
    While some suffer from a lack of confidence, others are over-confident and need to be challenged and questioned. This is a trait I suffer from; I would happily dive headlong into disaster if my fellow directors did not constantly question my ideas. Without people like this, moving your business in entirely the wrong direction would be too easy.
  • Reach the limit of your knowledge
    We can’t all be experts at everything, and yet running a website and a business requires a broad range of skills. When working in isolation and tackling problems beyond your comfort zone, you can easily reach the limit of your expertise and flounder.
  • Have a blinkered perspective
    Another problem with working alone is that you have only a single perspective on your work. By adding another set of eyes to your problems, you gain a broader vision and can approach your challenges from a different angle.
  • Feel overwhelmed
    Running a business or a business-critical website can feel like a burden. You are often required to make big decisions, particularly with hiring and expenditures. Making these decisions alone is a big responsibility and can be really scary. Having someone to share that with would make a big difference.

So, can you identify with any of these traps? If not, then I suggest you read the one about over-confidence again! I don’t believe a single website owner or entrepreneur couldn’t benefit from an outside perspective.

The question, then, is how do you find someone?

Getting An Outside Perspective

The most obvious solution is to partner with somebody at the outset. Whether you work with someone on a website or form a business with an associate, partnerships can be very beneficial. This is what I did with our company, and I haven’t regretted it for a minute. I would be lost without my two co-founders, Chris and Marcus.

That said, I know that not everyone’s experiences with partners have been rosy. Also, by the time you read this, the opportunity for this kind of partnership may have already passed.

What can you do then? What other options are available to those seeking an outside perspective and someone to bounce ideas around with?

Here are some options:

  • Sleeping partner
    This is the approach we took. We have a non-executive director named Brian who works with a number of companies and keeps us on our toes. He has a radically different view of business and constantly challenges us. In return, he has a small stake in the business. He is worth every penny.
  • Paid consultant
    If you don’t fancy having someone so entrenched in your business, why not consider an external consultant with whom you could speak on an ongoing basis? Admittedly, this kind of consultant can be pricey, but they do bring an outside perspective to the table.
  • Mentor
    Another option is to approach a Web designer or website owner you admire and ask them to mentor you. Obviously, these people are probably busy with their own work, but if you are willing to pay for their time, you might get some valuable advice. You’ll usually need only an hour per month to stay on the right track.
  • Buddy
    A buddy would be a cheaper option, someone in a situation similar to yours. The two of you could agree to chat regularly and share the challenges you face as business or website owners, discussing different approaches and ideas.
  • Community
    Yet another option would be to look not for a consultant, mentor or buddy, but for a supportive online community. Loads are around, but make sure the one you join is not too big. You want people to remember you and your circumstances.

Whatever you decide is entirely up to you. The point is, if you want to realize the potential of your website or business, you need the help and encouragement of others. Humans by nature work best in groups, and you are no exception. We are not meant to do it alone!

(al)

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Paul Boag has been working with the web since 1994. He is now co-founder of the web design agency Headscape, where he works closely with clients to establish their web strategy. Paul is a prolific writer having written the Website Owners Manual, Building Websites for Return on Investment, Client Centric Web Design, Digital Adaptation and numerous articles for publications such as .net magazine, Smashing Magazine and the Web Designers Depot. Paul also speaks extensively on various aspects of web design both at conferences across the world and on his award winning Web design podcast boagworld.

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  1. 1

    absolutely true…

  2. 2

    Great article. I’d say a good alternative is ‘Shared Workspace’. Just get a bunch of freelancers (and maybe 1/2 small companies) in one building and let everything take care of itself.

  3. 7

    dude that´s so true and reminds me of my beginning of being self employed.
    fortunatly I could surround myself with a creative network and it feels just great.
    and the projects resulting from that are the best works I´ve ever done.

  4. 8

    Great article…and very usefull for me…..

  5. 9

    I think, this article come from someone with rich experiances. very usefull. thanks for shared

  6. 10

    As Thomas has mentioned shared workspace is a great alternative. I have worked from home for the past 2 years and it does become a little depressing. I do have friends who also work in the web design/development industry who keep in touch with the use of MSN Messenger or Skype and that’s a great way to actually talk to someone in any given day.

    I think a partnership between say a developer and designer can work really well even if you are situated in two different location/offices. Having someone to share conversation with, ideas, projects can help with that feeling of isolation and loneliness!!!

  7. 11

    This is very true. A couple weeks ago I asked our print designer (I’m a web designer) to coffee so we could commiserate. We have an ongoing friendly competition to see who has done the most versions of a project before final approval. I thought I was getting close to the record on my latest one (29!) but he still holds it at 36 for a book project. Glad we have each other to laugh with at the absurdity of it all. ;-)

  8. 12

    I do everything alone and will continue so, who cares.

  9. 13

    This is indeed a very good article and absolutely true. The questions is where to start? I work from home and I really can’t find anyone to discuss/brainstorm projects with me.

    Anyway, Thank your for “Website Owner’s Manual” – Excellent read!

    • 14

      Same here.

      While all this social stuff sounds nice and rosy, you only get a decent “social refill” by meeting a reasonable bloke in person.

      Most people I’ve met want to get something out of me – contacts, deals, etc. Few want to discuss technical aspects of the trade and fewer still want to be friendly as such.

      Good manners only go so far, and when time does not produce money, all goodwill / bonhomie goes away quickly.

      Getting a plain simple friendly guy online is a bit tough too.
      So while you end up being of use to people, people mostly are happy to stick their geography / class / ethnicity circles.
      I’m not judging anyone or anything here, merely stating that offline has great value and online cannot replace offline in some cases.

      Even a pet dog is a great buddy who will keep you happy and cheerful most of the time. The whole Lolcats / ponies / dancing babies thing succeeds well and also has real science behind it.

  10. 15

    Very true and very recognizable. At my current job I’m the only front-end developer and also the only webdesigner. There’s another designer, but he’s mostly into Flash and not into HTML/CSS/Javascript at all. Very hard and not fun at all…

    • 16

      Hey Pim ,

      I am also Front-End developer, consider my self good in CSS/XHTML and Graphics design and ow just placed my first step on JavaScript ladder , we can be a skill sharing buddy. Howz that :-)

  11. 17

    This article was too good… i am in a dilemma ..whether to do a freelance job o r work in an organisation?? can anyone help me with this?

    • 18

      Do both freelance and work at a company if you can. Just make sure the company gives to you as much as you give to them. Meaning, hard work for flexibility. Facilities to work in for your time. Do they have a gym for you to work out over lunch.

      Can you get 4 weeks vacay? that kind of thing. Work hard and get a good company behind you. It can happen.

  12. 19

    I am launching my own online communication project and, being on my own, I can definitely feel the pressure from working alone. My plan is to overcome it by establishing a network of creative associates once I have the basic structure in place. Sometimes I feel like I’m working in a baric chamber, with the pressure constantly rising, hurrying to wrap up this phase and get out before I begin to crack.

  13. 20

    Awesome post.
    Thanks for sharing…

    Cheers!

  14. 21

    Working alone sometimes makes me exhausted, flooded by projects after projects and even being in the emptiness of creativity. Having some buddies to share with is really great. Inspiration will surely be made among the team and fasten the speed and efficiency of working.

  15. 22

    WOW thanks Paul you nailed it

    I’m a self employed web developer (shh.. not a freelancer) and can identify with most of the problems. i had a partner ones but it just robbed me from doing anything right (I’m not angry or something, he just wasn’t creative at all).

    I’m thinking of developing a platform not for a fee, but some screening; for designers and developers only, to exchange views and ideas or to point out flaws in design concepts.

  16. 23

    From my experience I taught myself how to design and build websites over many years. Through that time I tried to show people my work, but of course, they don’t really understand how a website works and it doesn’t really appeal to them.

    The majority of your options involve paying someone, which might suit some, but I think that’s even more sad that you can’t find some body who would offer advice out of friendship.

    • 24

      You’re showing them to the wrong people. If people aren’t interested in helping you, find someone who is. Their skill level doesn’t matter as long as they’re giving honest feedback. I often ask industry professionals, peers, and tech-savvy friends and even friends who have difficulty using the internet to look at my work, so that I can gain perspective from the many types of users who will be using my work.

      In the same way you’ve criticized the author for having too many paid options and saying its sad if you don’t have someone to give advice out of friendship, it is just as sad if you don’t have a network of people and friends to turn to to get good advice.

      It’s worse if your friends feel that it “doesn’t really appeal to them” to help you.

  17. 25

    Great article. Everything was excellent until I approached the last sentence reading, “Humans by nature work best in groups, and you are no exception. We are not meant to do it alone!”

    I do not agree human nature is the right term. I believe working in a group is a choice; therefore, it would be human behavior. In nature, there is no control (it inevitably happens). In behavior, there is a choice (you have control over what you can do – i.e., working in teams or working alone). The term “nature” does not apply.

    Other than that minor technicality, the article is very well-written and has great meaning.

  18. 26

    It depends, sometimes alone is much better.

  19. 27

    While I agree with the author in that a well rounded, professional developer needs a network of peers and friends that they can turn to for advice, support or criticism, there are, at times, a downside:

    1. You can find that you will lose your identity in your work.
    2. You can find that your work with be lost in revision hell, and/or find that after all the feedback it has turned into something “average”.
    3. You can find that you may waste your time with a thousand differing opinions, when there is no right answer.
    4. You may find that some of the people you ask may be counter productive to your work (such as asking the wrong demographic that is not part of your end user demographics… like asking a hardcore programmer when you’re making a website for internet novices).

    There’s plenty more I’m sure, but just some ideas off the top of my head. As long as you’re cognizant that there are always pros and cons, and that ultimately as the professional, you should be humble enough to accept feedback, but confident enough to only implement the ones that make your product better.

  20. 28

    I work alone on my projects. My hope is that one day I’ll make enough money to work with someone. It’s incredibly difficult to do EVERYTHING and not be able to bounce ideas or get help from others.

  21. 29

    That’s great and all, but maybe you guys can show us exactly where to get partners?

    it’s great in theory but in fact it’s difficult to find partners if you’re not already in the biz.

  22. 30

    so far, so good, so true…. liked the part Become over-confident i personally dont do it, but i know a few—– f — that behave like god and that is annoying, and ridiculous, thanks for sharing

  23. 31

    The only reason I work alone is because I don’t think I could collaborate with someone who doesn’t have the same coding-style as me and more or less understand the code and project I am doing.

  24. 32

    Holy Crap. I’m going through this very problem right now, and didn’t have words to apply to it. Bless you Paul.

  25. 33

    Do you think that people(customers) begin to think ”giving a job to a design studio(office)” make things much more serious?

  26. 34

    The United States has several good choices for joining communities of other professionals (AIGA, GAG, Meetup.com, etc.) and, as far as marketing one’s own business goes, networking with live people is just one important part of your branding and marketing. It does, as I have found, create referrals and resources when you need other creatives for a certain project.

    As for a mentor, I have never heard of paying one. I have always volunteered my time as a mentor (even paying for lunch or drinks at meetings) because I feel it’s the natural order of life for the experienced to help the less-experienced and beginners. By training the upcoming generation(s), we assure a consistency in our field. Unfortunately, the practice of mentoring seems to be extinct and the training for business and professional practices being taught, or not, in art schools is sub-standard. Yet another reason to find live people (or even professional groups online) to discuss, compare, share and laugh/cry.

    As for paid consultants, that is something I do and I am amazed at the internal problems companies have. It all comes down to communication. It seems to be a human function we are losing quickly in the digital age.

  27. 35

    So true. I work alone most times, but im working on building a network. Im skilled all round, but it affects my mental health when there is pressure.

  28. 36

    Great post. It’s absolutely true.

    Reading how bad it can get flying solo in this business makes me glad I’ve had a partner in web design since I started in web development :)

  29. 37

    lol wtf sleeping partner?

  30. 38

    Having worked alone for quite a number of years, I can say that you have hit on the most critical issues. Thanks for the article.

  31. 39

    I was just about to put things together and start looking for a freelance job. Great article, it made me rethink if that’s the way to go. I will seek other opportunities as well.

  32. 40

    I like the picture of the dog. Good article.

  33. 41

    So who wants to be my buddy to bounce ideas off of?

  34. 42

    Well,
    I started again doing freelance after 14 years in office and I feel that I’ll have to list some good points of being self-employed:

    1. You are much more effective. It’s absolutely terrifying how much even little organisation wastes energy in bureaucracy.
    2. Only dorks you’ll have to deal with are your customers. And that’s ok – they will pay you for being ones.
    3. You are able to choose what you do. In agency, even if they tell you that they want to give you opportunity to utilize your skills the way you want, it’s all BS.
    4. Your expertise comes much wider. In agency you are doing things you already are familiar with and nothing else. They don’t want you to spend working hours for studying anything. They want only something chargeable. Right now.
    5. Buy a dog. Even an asshole for the hound has much nicer personality than average human being.

    • 43

      While Paul has nailded all bad points,
      you my friend, had nailded some (on my point of view)
      very important good points.

    • 44

      true. and you’re a little bit bitter ;)

      i know what you mean though, only when you work for yourself can you truely do something you want to do.

  35. 45

    Hey nice article.I am looking for online community. Can you please suggest some good online community?

  36. 46

    Nice article!

  37. 47

    That article just hit it right on the spot.

  38. 48

    This is one of the better articles on Smashing Magazine, a nice change from the “50 best … plugins” or the latest CSS3 tricks, they’re useful as well but they don’t solve the real problem (isolation) many freelancers face daily do they? (Quite opposite, they add to the to do list)

    I would like to see a follow up on this article, I mean it’s clear, a successful business is almost every time the result of teamwork (and a client who is engaged). Now, how do you find your dream team? How did you find yours? I bet Twitter or any digital form of communication is not the answer.

  39. 49

    This article is so true.

    Want to discuss, brainstorm or ask questions? Maybe I can help.

  40. 50

    To bad you can’t post some links in here for communities or emails. Just find me in the search engines by looking for the name yourwaytomagic and get in contact.

    Stefan

  41. 51

    Great article.

    I’m dealing with this now, and it’s causing me quite a bit of anxiety and depression.

    I’m not a freelancer, but I work from home and hardly ever see my co-workers, and I hate it. I’ve tried to deal, but unfortunately I think the only solution is to find a different job. In this economy however, my prospects don’t see so great.

  42. 52

    unfortunately so many get caught in a “one-man-band” frame of mind wich degrades with time the overall quality like you perfectly explained

  43. 53

    Good reminder — on days when I feel frustrated by all the interruptions that interfere with my work, I’ll remind myself that human contact is a good thing.

  44. 54

    Yes, its true…

  45. 55

    Thx Paul,
    Barbra Streisand said… People who need people, Are the luckiest people ;)
    Just kidding, Thank you for the read.

  46. 56

    I think sometimes its better to work with a team as you can’t bounce your ideas off a wall

  47. 57

    Hey BF Age,

    That is so freaking true, i work in web development company and i did not get single hour in my last one year to study something new during working hours, i do the same stuff which i have been doing from last 1 year.

    There is Pros and Cons for both working as standalone or in Team.

  48. 58

    it’s not just me!! good to see others go through this as well.

  49. 59

    Um…why is no one talking about coworking? http://www.coworking.com A community of like minded independents who work collaboratively in a shared space. This type of arrangement solves most of the issues raised in this article.

  50. 60

    This is so true. Very good article.

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    Siddharth Patel

    June 28, 2010 7:26 am

    Holy True!
    certainly everybody faces this who’s working via internet specially.
    Great post Paul!

  52. 62

    Very nice article. Absolutely true.

  53. 63

    Very true! Thank you for the article.

  54. 64

    Great post! Sometimes I’ve felt so isolated that I wonder if my feelings are “normal”. It’s good to see that this is common. Of course, there’s still the issue of what to do about it.

    I have a couple other web designer aquaintances that I occassionally commiserate with via email. But it would be great to have someone to toss some ideas back and forth with. Guess I’d better work on developing that.

  55. 65

    Thats the main reason why i’m quiting my current job. As a web designer you really have to work in a team, with at leat 1other designer to give you feedback. Otherwise you just do the same old thing. It might be clean, profesionnal and clients may be happy but its amost impossible to reinvent yourself and get new ideas and improve if you are alone.

    I’m beginning a new job in 2 week with a Creative Art Director whose work has won prizes, and i can’t wait to start!

    Isabelle

  56. 66

    Thanks for this great insight. I was being weirdly over-confident and having lots of negative preconceptions about a partnership but your article showed me the light- so to speak.

    It actually is true. Im not really productive when working alone.

  57. 67

    So true. I lost so of my buddies when I first started working alone. Later on I acknowledge I have no good friends at all.

  58. 68

    Co-working can help with these issues, but if your co-working colleagues are also competitors, there can be additional issues which can make it hard for sharing to be established. Such as if your co-working colleagues are bidding on the same jobs you are, or are in the same market niche.

    In these situations it takes trust of each other, open communication and remembering that there is enough for all, for this to work. Ultimately I think it works better if your colleagues are actually working on the same paid project as you.

  59. 69

    The article definitely has some merit. But if you work alone are you really totally isolated. Most projects consist of a client and a target market. Meeting the needs of both are critical to any successful project which means that there is always some feedback, community, or paid consultant which assists in the process.

    In all honesty, I think for the right-minded person, it’s possible to to go at it alone and isolate yourself from influences that may interfere with the goal at hand.

  60. 70

    I am also on the lookout for a partner to outsource css and coding works, but don’t know where to look..

  61. 71

    Great article. We are, in the final analysis, social animals. The benefits of bouncing ideas off one another are huge and inspirational, no matter what some may say about preferring to work alone. There is ALWAYS someone who knows more, or has a more creative solution than mine.

    Collaboration makes me better — and the key to that is in finding the right collaborators. Can’t do that if you don’t actively seek them out. I’m involved in a local web developers network. We meet monthly just to toss ideas around and share tools and insights. Sometimes the meetings are utterly useless to me, but more often I come away with my perspective refreshed and improved.

  62. 72

    Sad but true! Me looking for partner/team to work with too… :-)

  63. 73

    Yeah, that will be hard for me. I need to find a company to work with. Working alone is boring.

  64. 74

    Great point and well taken….

  65. 75

    Great advices ,
    It’s been a year since i started working as a freelance form home, and lately i find it quite depressing.
    I really need someone to show my work and to talk about design with.
    Home can be a really unconfortable place sometime.

  66. 76

    All too true. I have been maintaining a regional web site since 1994 and while I have made attempts to make it a group supported site it has felt on deaf ears, while visits have continued to be robust if not overwhelming. I continue and will, but am happy to hear that my thoughts are echoed by others.

  67. 77

    How sad but true!
    Just talking to a friend on how I can get a partner. For me designing/programming is fun but doing all alone in a project is very tedious. Come to think of it. Here you are with a project at hand.
    For design part, all the issues of typography,colors,imagery, layout,etc must be dealt with and ahead to photoshop/fireworks/illustrator for comps and revisions.
    After approval with designs, you then come to html/css coding (fixing browser bugs alone is enough to grow cold).

    Oh! and to the daunting programming aspect ( I love OOP) of all business logic and stuff.
    While at all these, you have to combine IA, Web Standards, Accessibility, etc. If you want it like the pro.
    And in between you are handling some live site updates and fixing some reported bugs/issues,etc.

    All these is hard work and I do well at that. I just can’t imagine sometimes how to fit with someone working on a project yet its damn lonely and tedious doing it alone.

    Want to partner lemme know.

    Nice article but show us how to get someone(finding partners) next time.
    Thanks Paul.

  68. 78

    For those of you looking for community and a place to brainstorm design related ideas and concepts, you can try out http://www.ConceptFeedback.com. Nice article Paul, thanks!

  69. 79

    Paul, I hate to admit it but I love everything you write. That was typed through gritted teeth after listening to over 200 podcasts since episode 21…………

  70. 80

    Everyone I know who has “gone freelance” or worse yet began their careers as freelancers and not looked back become depressed & tense, producing tired work and projecting negativity constantly.

    The solution is to work at an agency / company, accept collaboration as not just necessity, but a privilege, embrace responsibility and discard the illusion of freedom or flexibility in favor of an honest day’s work.

  71. 81

    This article seems timely for a lot of people, including myself. I can definitely relate to each of the dangers mentioned.

    The buddy option is ideal, but the ideal buddy (trustworthy, motivated, skilled, etc.) can be hard to come by.

  72. 82

    Often times I find myself in the same situation.

    With a friend to bounce ideas off of is always ideal.

  73. 83

    Another inspiring and yet informative post, reading articles here in Smashing Magazine is a joy galore indeed!

  74. 84

    You’ve good post here..

    i have realized the isolated-problem here but i didn’t realize yet what is it before i read your post! thanks for your enlightenment!

  75. 85

    The article was a nice read thanks. I also enjoyed reading some of the comments.

    For me, my work leads me into different environments. Sometimes a collaboration, sometimes in isolation. For some projects it works, and for other it doesn’t. I do like the balance of both and try to experience it in short bursts.

    I believe that everyone has their own work ethic and is welcome to work as they see fit. If I was working in isolation, the most important thing to me would be to identify when it is being a problem. Identify the signs when it starts to affect business. Identify the drop in quality of work.

    Then, taking all those into account, doing something about it before it gets much worse.

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    My best job was at a really good national newspaper. All the designers and art directors I worked with were amazingly good. It was magical being able to have each other to bounce ideas around and critique each others work. My whole life felt like it was enriched from the experience. It was just so lovely to be able to talk to someone else who totally got where I was coming from.

    Last job was at a web dev company where I was the only front end developer, only web designer and it was the worst working experience I’ve had to date.

    I’m now going freelance but am regularly linking up with my ex colleagues from the newspaper and old friends from art college. Also use twitter to keep hooked up daily with what illustrator and film maker friends are watching, liking, making etc. Gradually am building up an online network too and my boyfriend is a musician and we collaborate to create stuff together.

    I think I would honestly need the men with white coats if I didn’t have anyone around who I could be creative with.

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    Thijs Van Damme

    July 9, 2010 4:47 am

    So true, working from home brought me a lot of benefits but the truth is that I really start missing the social interactions I had at previous jobs.
    Does anyone have any good suggestion on how to overcome this?

  78. 88

    I wish that there was at least 3 or more FIFA WORLD CUP wallpapers for this month or June even. It’s too bad.
    What’s worse is I never had the time to create one..

  79. 89

    thanks paul this topic is 100% real world.

  80. 90

    Hate working with other designers – they are so full of shit

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    The post is all good however i have some mix feeling maybe we should keep some limits to the interactions between our coworkers as well as sometimes it becomes difficult to tolerate incoming messages on IMs and results too much distractions from work…

  83. 93

    Thank you very much for a Great Article! well I’m working as a freelance front-end developer sometime it feels isolated but sharing ideas with friends helps very much.

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    Great article! Some really useful points that I’ll certainly be bearing in mins for the future.

    Thanks

    Jerky Oats –

  87. 97

    I totally mis-interpreted the “Sleeping Partner” title.

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    Alexander Stanuga

    July 6, 2011 4:21 pm

    Too true! Isolation, especially during the early years of freelancing or starting a business can make things more difficult than they need to be. Join an association and get out of your studio for events, when you meet people at these events try and maintain professional contact through things like LinkedIn or twitter. It’s not as personal or invasive as facebook, and usually it’s a good way of developing your networks.

  89. 99

    I love this article, but I also loved everybody’s responses.

    I’m totally surprised that I could relate to some of the things people have said. Reading user comments are also a very valuable to gain insight to how everyone feels for freelancing and group work for a company or business. It flattens out or puts into perspective all the underlying feelings which you don’t think about and only till you hear or read something you realise that this is a small or big habit or part of life which others also share, and makes you think how you could do better.

    I’m glad i have been reading these types of articles and bumping into the comments sections.

    Even before having read this, I am totally motivated to design and learn all aspects of multimedia, finding the right balance in life when doing freelance work is an issue at this time. I think trying to get this all balanced out and organizing yourself is crucial to learning new things, but also starting and and then finishing something and having the sense of accomplishment of projects and tasks etc. when you actually have put in detail. At times you could have produced something but it wasn’t like a lot of detail or mind frame was used – if this makes sense. I always feel as though a lot has to go into producing something creative and a well detail product and then the sense of achievement sets in.

    Some people work better in a group, other on their own, some people both, i think you have to learn to manage your time and be adaptable to whatever life throws at you for the time being.

    This is something i really like and have printed off and glaring right in front of me – I thought i would share – for the ones which haven’t seen it before.
    http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/33-ways-to-stay-creative

    Anyway, good luck to all the graphic and web designers / developers out there who may be doing it tough! Keep on designing and developing!

  90. 100

    absolutely true…

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    I think what’s important is to have a group of friends say graphic designers, programmers and even business people that share similar values and constantly get together to talk and discuss what’s the latest trend, what’s a popular fonts or some technology people should be aware of. I think it benefits the most when everyone has something different to offer..if you have such friends from school or previous work place, don’t ever let them slip away in your life!

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    SLEEPING partner? Um, I don’t know about where you’re from, but around here (Australia) my sleeping partner is my husband. A SILENT partner would be a business partner who is involved financially in the business but not in the management of it.

    If my sleeping partner was a bit more silent, his snoring wouldn’t keep me awake so much…

    Maybe you’re thinking of a sleeper – an agent of a terrorist organization who is currently inactive… Or maybe not.

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