Freelancer Confidential
The Official Survey - 2016
GENERAL QUESTIONS
Who, what, why, when & How?
How many years have you been a Freelance Designer
Did you go straight into freelance, or have a corporate gig prior?
What is the focus of your freelance business?
How would you rate your experience at the beginning?
Where do you work?
How big is your team?
How old were you when you launched your freelance business?
Your answer
FREELANCE RATIONALE
Why did you start a freelance gig?
How would you rate your confidence at beginning?
Weak
Strong
What was your biggest worry?
How soon did you land your first job?
Did you need to purchase any additional equipment to launch your freelance company?
How soon did you launch your website after starting
PROMOTING, SOCIAL MEDIA
What social media platforms are you on?
If you could only use one social media platform for your business, it would have to be:
Which social media platform(s) have you landed work from?
Do you do any self promotion?
What's the best way you've found work/clients
CREATIVE INSPIRATION
Where do you get your creative inspiration?
How often to you look for inspiration when starting a new project?
Never
Everytime
How often do you feel your work is 100% original?
Never
Everytime
Have you ever straight up copied another designer's work?
Do you use online resources like Creative Market or Graphic Burger?
Has a client ever questioned the originality of your work?
What do you do in a creative slump?
Who is your favorite designer
Your answer
FINANCES
How do you do your accounting?
Do you feel you have a grasp on your business finances?
Not in the Least
Absolutely
How do you bill your typical project?
How often to you raise your rates?
Do you have a contract/agreement set in place with each client?
No
Absolutely
Do you ask for a deposit upfront on work for a new client?
Have you ever had to take legal action with a client?
Are you able to save money as a freelance designer?
Do you contribute annually to a 401K or any retirement plan? Be honest!
How do you think your rates compare to other designers?
What is your largest monthly expense?
Honestly, what do you charge for a logo package
Do you have minimum fee for projects?
FREELANCE LIFE
Do you attend design conference?
How many hours to you typically work per day?
Do you typically do work on the weekends?
Are you available to clients 24/7?
On a typical day, do you stop work and enjoy the rest of your day/evening?
Do you exercise?
Never
Everyday
Do you take regular breaks throughout the day to walk or stretch?
How well do you balance work / life?
I'm a mess
Like a pro
How happy are you with your current freelance business?
Miserable
Couldn't be happier
How would you grade yourself as a small business owner?
Rookie
Champ
If you could start over, what would you do differently?
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