Going freelance?

I’ve rambled on tons about illustrators and artists and a fair few of them are actually just freelance illustrators so, why not see what it takes?
Rather than seeing what it actually takes to be a freelance illustrator though, I found tons of people giving out tips on how to become one and maintain yourself.
With freelance illustration the industries changed quite a lot with the use of the internet and other communication and technological methods. In short the worlds gotten smaller and information travels faster and to everywhere, so you can now just put your work online (like these blogs) and everyone can check it out.
People have really grown to this and theres countless information on how to get yourself into the freelance industry and get yourself going. Here’s one of the better ‘tips’ that I found.

Instructions
* 1 Freelance illustrators of all styles can find work.
GET EXPOSURE.
Set up a website or blog that will be your portfolio and make sure you have a good cross-section of your best work available to view. Join a number of referral services on the internet. Post your contact information and your prices where potential clients can find them easily.

* 2 Give the client what he or she wants or else….
TELL YOUR POTENTIAL CLIENTS WHAT THEY WANT TO KNOW.
Clients really don’t care where you went to school, what you’ve done, or who liked your work. That matters to you, not them. The client wants to know he or she can get the work they want done in a timely manner, professionally and at the price required.

* 3 Be a professional and reliable freelance illustrator.
MAKE YOURSELF AVAILABLE.
Make sure you are easy to contact. Have your address, phone number(s), email, website and all other communication resources easily accessible.

* 4 A successful freelance illustrator is a reliable worker.
BE PROFESSIONAL.
That means do what you say you will do. Be reliable, on time, communicate on a regular basis, be clear about any issues that come up, and keep to all agreements.

* 5 Demonstrate your art skills adequately
DO WHAT YOU DO WELL.
Don’t try to sell people on a style or kind of work you want to do unless you know you can do it well. It’s better to do one thing really well than five things passably. There are many passable artists out there. Be the best at your own style. If you do more than one style, show enough samples that your client will know what to expect from each style of illustration.

* 6 A successful illustrator documents each stage of the job.
GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING.
Communication is key in any business relationship. Most clients are not artists and do not understand how much time and work goes into a drawing or painting. If you undercharge and then try to up the price when the hours of work pile up, your client will not trust you. Be realistic about what you charge and once you agree on a price, stick to it, even if you’ve underbid the job. If a problem arises, make sure you let your client know. Study agreements and contracts from other professionals to make sure you understand all the important points you should use in your own agreements. Write down each step of the job so everything is well defined from the start through the delivery and final payment. And make sure you build in lots of approval stages (you can also build in a progress payment as each stage is signed off on) so your client follows the job right from the start. Otherwise, you can get to the end and find all your work has led you to something your client neither wants nor will pay for. Be honest with yourself about what you charge, and keep your client informed every step of the way. It is impossible for people to know what is in each other’s heads, and art work is very subjective.

Read more: How to Be a Successful Freelance Illustrator | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4734243_successful-freelance-illustrator.html#ixzz1K5eFUpJL

To be honest though a lot of this does just seem like common sense and if you’re passionate enough about what you do and get out there then I don’t see why it wouldn’t be possible for anyone to get into freelance illustration.
I actually came across a nice little site with a few freelance illustrators on whom you can choose from which is a nice idea which I’m sure theres many more of with many more freelance people on.
http://www.freelanceuk.com/find-a-freelancer/illustrators

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