One of the finest industry blogs, Scamp, run by a creative/creative director at BBH in London has posted a fantastic piece on the realities of freelancing left in the comments section of his site by an author named ‘Inky Blackstuff.
Thanks to the wonderful credit crunch, many of you are about to become freelancers (ie fired). I have freelanced before (and am likely to be doing so again) so allow me to enlighten you as to what to expect.
1) When you invoice, don’t expect to be paid. Ever. Freelancers are different to normal people and they do not need to eat, pay their mortgages or buy trousers, thus no need to pay them.
2) You are like novice Spitfire pilots ie it is unlikely that you’ll last long so no one will bother to get to know you or even acknowledge you in the corridor.
3) Freelancers are unlike normal people and will automatically know where the printer is. Though, of course, your computer won’t be networked to it. It will take IT three days to attach you to a printer named after a celebrity. Freelancers are unlike normal people, they don’t need to print anything.
Keep reading this. It’s fuckin great.