Today I wanted to talk to you about something I live with on a daily basis: making a living by freelancing while doing indie maker projects on the side.
I know I'm not alone: many of you will agree that this is a good way to start indie making. The idea is to earn a living by working for clients while freeing up as much time as possible to work on your personal projects.
But that's easier said than done! 😬
After a year of mixing freelance and indie making, here are my conclusions.
All the difficulty is here.
I see three different ways of organizing your freelance work and your projects:
I'll only talk about the first two situations, not having tried the last one.
At the beginning of my journey, I organized myself like when I was in a company: 8 hours per days, and personal projects in the evening and on weekends. I know some manage it very well, but that wasn't my case: I was to tired to work at night, and I like to have my weekends to go out with my friends! On top of that, it leaves only very short work periods: I'm more efficient when I can work several hours in a row ame project.
It's not always easy to explain to clients that our projects are as important as what we do for them. Not everyone can hear it!
If you find an understanding client who accepts the situation, congratulations, it's a great opportunity. If not, just say you're only available during certain times, without mentioning your projects. The most complicated part is the meetings. If you work part-time for your client, other employees probably don't. So it's quite possible that meetings will be scheduled on days when you're not supposed to work. Discuss this with your client, and try to find some common ground. I don't think it's a good idea to interrupt your indie making days with meetings. 🤗
Here are some tips I wish I had heard before I started:
I hope this short article has been useful to you. In the same spirit, I'll soon write another post on how I organize my projects (hint: I use a notebook and Notion!)
A bientôt 👋
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