Freelancer Designers vs. Traditional Designers

Freelancer

World Wide Web or internet has brought a plethora of jobs at your desk. It has become a blessing for those who because of one or more reasons can’t go out to work full time or may prefer work from home most of the times. The benefits of being a freelancer are many; you have your own schedule, you can take as much work as you can or are comfortable with. Freelancing work helps you to take care of other personal stuff along with your work. It can be seen as a business where you take some projects or assignments , do part time or full time work and that too most of the time as per your comfort.

All you need is dedication and discipline to maintain and manage it. There are plenty of Designer jobs available as freelance jobs and several new and experienced people are looking for such jobs. No, I am not here to all praise for freelancers but in this post I would like to make your decision bit easy if you want to take a designer job or you are a potential employer looking for people who can design. Here are some pointers for Freelancer Designers vs. Traditional Designers at your service.

Variety in design ideas

See as I told you freelancer designers work as per their schedules but again you would get a variety of styles if you see freelancers. So for different projects you can select different designers if you opt for freelancing. Similarly for designers they get good and variety of projects to work upon.

Innovation

Sometimes regular job makes people lazy and they stop innovating. It is not all of the time but it may happen whereas in case of a freelancer until they show some new ideas behind the designs they don’t get the work so they have to innovate all the time.

Involvement of the designer

A routine or traditional designer on the other hand would be a part of the team and will have whole of the idea till the project conception. Whereas for a freelancer designer it may become difficult and take more time to get the idea of the whole process around the project. So having a traditional designer is a benefit if involvement of the designer is mandatory since initiation of the project work.

Work Location

For a freelancer designer there is no need of specific office space which saves big amount of money if you are an employer. If you are a potential designer then you can work from anywhere you want but you don’t get an office space exclusively from the employer.

Availability

Regular face to face interactions may not be possible in case of freelancer work whereas an employer can anytime walk at the desk of a traditional designer in the office.

Payment

When it comes to salary; a freelancer can be paid project or assignment based where as a full timer gets a regular amount irrespective of the amount of work.

Risk of wrong hire

There is always a big risk of hiring a wrong person when comes the case of traditional designers who are hired for permanent positions. Whereas though it may happen that the work you give to a freelancer may not be as good as you expected but there is always a chance to change the freelancer designer.

Well there are both pros and cons of both. And which one will be a best fit depends upon project nature, requirements, budget etc. Let me give you a list of best 10 freelancing websites which I have found really helpful –

 

Guru

Guru

 

Fiverr

Fiverr

 

iFreelance

iFreelance

 

Smashing Magazine Jobs

Smashing Magazine Jobs

 

99Designs

99Designs

 

PeoplePerHour

PeoplePerHour

 

Freelancer

Freelancer

 

Craiglist

Craiglist

 

Elance

Elance

 

oDesk

oDesk
Hope you have got some help! I’ll be back with some useful information for you guys.

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