Us being teens, things certain things on the web are a lot harder for us than adults. Certain impressions of young people aren’t the best, and sometimes, people aren’t too fond of us and what we can do. I’m spending this time in my life to bash those thoughts.
I am a web designer, blogger, and artist. Why wait to earn a Bachelors to be able to prove that? Why wait to turn 18 to do freelance work? I’m not. Are you?
I have realized that I am qualified, if not over qualified to do certain jobs and freelance work, so I take stabs at it. For about a year, I have been freelancing, to get a feel of this industry and learn how to deal with clients, etc. I’ve built professional websites, and proven my knowledge guest blogging.
With a goal to be an accomplished web designer, I’m taking the steps to make it happen for myself.
What can you do now? For any niche or field, a great place to start getting attention and proving your skill is through guest blogging. Like running? Give handy tips and advice on a track and running blog.
Are you a designer? It’s best to do small jobs for friends and family first. Later on, when you feel ready, go for the gold and try freelancing.
Not an adult? No worries. I’m fifteen and paying my own taxes this year. You’ll need to talk to your family’s accountant if you do a lot of business.
Where to get clients? Try checking your local craigslist. It may seem weird at first, but it’s easier to start local if you haven’t got a strong portfolio yet.
Are you scared of freelancing, or being a young designer? I’ve found lots of help and advice by reading these blogs: FreelanceSwtich (and it’s forums), Freelance Folder, and this article on Smashing Magazine.
Anyone have tips to share? Or what about a freelancing experience?