1| The pressure to make every project a portfolio piece comes early on in freelancing because you don’t yet have the body of work that’s attracting the clients that you want. It’s frustrating, and feels like a vicious cycle, to be doing work you don’t love. But at the same time, you need to make sure you’re paying the bills! If you’re in this situation; it’s okay, we all go through it.
2 | Hustle on the side to work on self-initiated projects that are the type of work you want to do more of. This might mean taking on less paying clients (just make sure you have enough to cover your baseline expenses) and working harder for a season, but it will be worth the effort to end up with a portfolio that attracts the right projects.
3 | It’s okay if you end up with work you’re not proud of. It happens, and it doesn’t make you a bad designer. Just don’t put them in your portfolio!
4 | Your role is to be an advisor for your client. Don’t just immediately make every single change the they want if you feel it’s going to be bad for the project.
5 | When a project goes south, learn from it and figure out where it went wrong. There are probably ways you can improve your communication next time.