Should you freelance?

What I love about working as a freelance makeup artist, fashion stylist and blogger is the opportunity to infuse my creative ideas into the projects I accept by first understanding the desires of my clients and helping them complete their vision with my skills. –Lorrie Pearson

The decision to become a freelance makeup artist, fashion stylists, hair stylist or manicurist is an important step. For some, it’s not an easy decision to make, especially if you have family and bills to pay. Evaluate your situation because it is different for everyone. Also take time to determine if freelancing is the best decision for you. Here are some things to think about:

Pro…..

  • As a freelancer you set your own hours.
  • You can choose whom you want to work for.
  • You’re your own boss.
  • You set your rates for work.
  • You can work anywhere you want. This can give you the opportunity to travel for assignments.
  • You have more income potential.
  • You may have more tax deductible expenses. As a freelancer you can many expenses including travel, internet, product for your kit, cell phone, membership and education as it relates to your business.
  • You can spend more time with family, loved ones or enjoying your favorite activities.
  • You will learn more about money management.

Con….

  • You have to be available and willing to work when the clients need you.
  • The client can decide whether or not they want you to represent them based on your performance.
  • As the boss you need to make all the decisions, not just the easy ones.
  • If your rates do not reflect your experience and/or artistic level, you will not be booked for jobs.
  • You have to market yourself to find clients.
  • You risk not being paid for projects if you do not have a written agreement with the person or company who will writing the check.
  • Your work is not consistent. They can be days or weeks between projects.
  • No employer benefits…this means you pay your own taxes and health insurance.

Before deciding to freelance take time out to evaluate your skills so you can determine your strengths as an artist. Also speak with other artists to gain a better understanding of what it like to work as a freelance artist. Another suggestion, ASSIST!

When you ASSIST you learn what to do and what not to do as a freelance artist.

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