Ben’s always been self-employed. Right after graduating college, he hustled as a freelance illustrator and animator for two years, and grouped together with a team to run an animation studio for a few years after that.
Although the studio work was successful, he had enough of “wearing multiple hats” there. He'd been doing illustration work on the side and really enjoyed it. He decided to “break up the band” in 2005 and became…
Ben the Illustrator!
He still has the daily concerns that you get with running any business, but he can now wear his favourite hat most of the time: that of a creative freelancer.
He’s got the work-life balance down pat. He wakes up early to get a couple hours in, with a few more during the day and sometimes a bit more in the evening. The rest of the time he can be there for his family; he drops off and picks up his son from school every day, and has quality time with him every afternoon.
It was brilliant hearing stories from him about working remotely for clients around the world, side projects as leads for potential clients, and the renegade nature of freelancing.
- Showcasing your originality and ideas can be really helpful in generating leads
- Promote what you do where the right people will find it, and
- Consider working for other people in your field before charting your own path
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