CALL ME, IT'S QUICKER: 07540 221 386

10 Great Reasons NOT to become a freelance web designer

Contrary to my previous blog post, I can also think of a million reasons for you to NOT become a freelance web designer. Some people are fantastic designers or developers, but just cannot manage the business side of things. These are 10 reasons why being a freelancer may not suit you.

1. You work your own hours
Also number one in my previous article. Working your own hours can be a nightmare if you don’t have solid time management. I have friends who have tried to go freelance and find themselves watching Jeremy Kyle all day, and working all night. It destroys your work/life balance and it makes it really tough to manage your clients, because you are asleep when they want to talk to you. If you can’t manage your time effectively, then it isn’t for you.

2. You aren’t a people person
If you can’t deal with people on a day to day basis, and put your ‘no problem, I can fix that for you’ head on, then you shouldn’t be a freelance web designer. You need to be able to multi-task. You are not only a web designer, you are an account manager and hand-holder too – you need to be prepared for that.

3. You struggle to hit deadlines
If you need a firm hand to make sure you hit those deadlines, then don’t even think about freelancing. You have to be very strict and disciplined to ensure you hit your deadlines. Clients are depending on you, so by going over your agreed timings, you are hurting your clients. You have to know how long work will take you and you have to agree to sensible deadlines, and then hit them every time!

4. You can’t say no
When you first start out, you want to say YES to everything, but as you grow and evolve as a freelancer, you’ll find that not every job is right for you. The first thing you need to learn is the word NO. I say no to about 50% of job requests, mainly because I feel that the client hasn’t fully thought through their project and I know from lots of experience, that it’s likely to be a mess. There are always reasons to say no to a project, and by learning to politely decline work, you will end up only working on stuff you really enjoy.

5. You can’t say yes
It’s a trap I have seen lots of freelancers fall into, they get very set in their ways and then find that they can’t ever accept a job if the client needs something outside of their comfort zone. Contrary to point number four, you sometimes need to say yes to a project that you may not have wanted to accept, but you know it will lead to bigger and better things. Maybe it’ll enhance your skills in an area that you are lacking. Or perhaps it is a slow month, so the job is a necessity. You sometimes need to learn to say yes.

6. You are a perfectionist
I’m serious. You cannot be a 100% perfectionist if you work for yourself. Sometimes you have to know when enough is enough. I have seen countless freelance web designers go over their deadlines because they were trying to create something that was perfect; when in fact, something good would have happily sufficed. Now, I am a bit of a perfectionist myself, and I have to really train myself to let go and be open with my clients. If something perfects takes me 5 days to build, and something great takes me 2 days – usually, the client will be happier saving 3 days’ budget. Think about it.

7. The money can be pretty bad
Sometimes you’ll find yourself with no work, or at least very little, so the month can be extremely lean. If you aren’t financially savvy and you don’t save for rainy days, you’ll find yourself bankrupt in no time at all. You have to plan for lean months and always assume that you may have a dry spell. Always have backups and contingencies in place.

8. You never know if you’ll be paid
Contracts are a great way to protect yourself, but honestly, sometimes they aren’t worth the paper they are printed on. I had an agency who went into liquidation just after I completed a pretty hefty job. They left me on the brink of closure, as I’d worked solidly for 1 month for them, and my payment was put into the hands of the receivers. I never did get paid, so that was 1 months worth of work for nothing. It goes back to point seven, you have to have a contingency and a rainy day fund in place.

9. You don’t always get to do what you want
Sometimes you’ll have clients who just HAVE to have a bright green paired with vibrant pink and luminous green. And sometimes, you can’t do anything about it. If you are the type of person who is too precious about your work – every now and then, you’ll want to cry. This does have roots in number four, learn to say no. When you can tell a client is going to be too overbearing, you can sometimes say no. Other times, you can be firm and explain that it would hurt your professional integrity. But if you want the work, sometimes you have to go with what the client wants, even if it is wrong.

10. It’s a lonely ol’ life!
Sometimes the monotony of working from home, alone, can be quite dull and boring. If you can’t stand your own company, or can’t concentrate without that ‘office buzz’, then this isn’t the life for you. You need to be in an office environment, working with like minded web designers.

Rob Fenech - Freelance Web Designer 5.0
Matthew Weatherill

Thank you so much for all your hard work. You made it easy to take my business online and I love the way my site looks! Everyone who has seen it says its great. I’ve been telling everyone about you!

Neil Payne

The first time I met Robert was when I first started my business. He was able to give me some great advice on how to get things started and he was very helpful throughout the process. When it came time to build our website, I knew right away who I was going to go with.

Sebastien Thatcher

Robert is a true professional who puts 110% into his work. He did a great job for me and I will use him again in the future

Christopher Verdant

The service was top class. Robert went out of his way to make sure that I was 100% happy with the end result. He went above and beyond what was expected and for that I can’t thank him enough.

Rafferty Bamburgh

The site is absolutely brilliant and I am more than happy with the outcome. The process was smooth and seamless and Robert became more than just a web designer, but a good friend and business associate. Rob has managed to create a stunning website for my company in record time, which is exactly what I was looking for. Everything about the website is perfect, the way it looks, the professional feel it gives off and most importantly, it works! The site has not only given my business credibility but has also gained me lots of new clients.

Jordan Fordly

I have known Robert for over 5 years and working with Robert has been a pleasure. He is very professional, his work is of the highest quality and he always delivers on time. I have no hesitation in recommending Robert to anyone looking for excellent web design services.

Charlie King

We wanted a website that we could manage ourselves and still look professional and we got exactly what we wanted. Robert was friendly and helpful and I would recommend him to anyone looking for a website.

Liam Potter

I am very happy with the website. I am thrilled with the service I got from you and the result.

Daniel Stephens

I was impressed with the work done by Robert. Very quick and efficient service and great value for money.

Hayley Branson

I could not be happier with the service Robert provided; he was quick, efficient and communicated very well throughout the process.

Diamond Detailing

Robert was a pleasure to work with and he delivered an amazing result. It has been a breath of fresh air finding someone who is so enthusiastic about what they do and also delivers on time and on budget.

Margin Autos

I recently set up a new business and Robert was the man for the job to get it done. Not only is he an expert in his field, he is also extremely easy to work with, very responsive and incredibly reasonably priced. I was very happy with his work and would certainly recommend him to anyone looking for a top quality job.

Donna Whitehead

I was very impressed by the quality of work, professionalism and dedication to this project shown by Robert. I would highly recommend Robert’s services to anyone who wants their website to look professional and modern.

Louis Micallef

I would like to thank Robert for his work on my website, he was very easy to deal with and is extremely talented. I will be using his services in the future and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a website at a very affordable price.

Alice Beauchamp

I can not recommend Robert more. He did a fantastic job for our website and did it in a very timely manner at a great price! I will be using him again in the future and I would suggest others do too.

Ivy Slade

From the outset Robert was extremely helpful and accommodating. He provided excellent advice and made sure that I was happy with the design of my website at every stage.

Steven Woodcock

Excellent work. Robert was helpful, approachable and most importantly he did what he said he would do when he said he would do it. I’m very happy with my website.

Emma Mason

Rob was first on the list when I searched for a freelance web designer in London, and his skill immediately shone through. He completed a very unique website project for me with minimal fuss. He was patient and happy to explain things to me multiple times if I didn’t understand something. He is a fantastic web designer, and I cannot recommend him highly enough.

Vicki Anstey

Rob designed and built a superb website for our business. Slick, simple, eye-catching and very easy to navigate. He was a joy to work with, from start to finish, leading the process and understanding the brand inside out. We were able to input at every stage and the CMS system is easy to update to suit all our changing needs. Rob has continued to offer support and is very responsive to ad-hoc requests. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Rob Fenech to anyone looking to re-design their website.

Optrix Media

Rob did a fantastic job re-designing and building the Optrix website. He was very patient and I’d highly recommend.

McLellands London

Rob was very professional and put together a beautiful site for me with a very tight deadline. I was extremely impressed by his quick turnaround and I also now have a site I am very proud of.

Anthony Pearce

Rob produced an excellent design and build for our new website. I’m very happy with the result and would definitely recommend him for professional and cost effective website design.

Jeremy Wyatt

I worked with Rob on my new website, and the process was quick, easy and painless. I would highly recommend Rob, he’s honest and transparent and delivers a great end result within budget.

Kevin Walker

I would highly recommend Rob for quality web design. He offers highly creative solutions and technical knowhow along with intelligent marketing. He is seriously dedicated to his craft but fun to work with at the same time.

Karen Stocker

Rob has supported us superbly well over the last six/seven years. He is a fantastic freelance web designer and I cannot recommend him highly enough.

Thomas Lyons

Rob is brilliant – highly professional, detailed, responsive and patient. Was great to work with – would highly recommend!

Dan Hyde

Rob is really easy to work with and does the job well. I regularly rely on his expertise.

Amy Bowers

To date, I have worked with Rob on three projects and have been highly impressed. He is experienced, efficient and responds to queries within a matter of hours.

I would highly recommend Rob and will look to work with him on future projects.

Rob Pratt

Rob is a fantastic developer. He has created countless websites for me over the years, from small quick turn around projects through to full scale sites for the likes of Lenovo, LG and Intel (to name a few).

I can’t recommend him and his team highly enough.

Gordon Eichhorst

Rob and his team are quintessential professionals. They quickly understood what we needed and were also able to suggest improvements which we would not have been aware of or considered. Rob is also an easy guy to speak with and quickly diffuses occasional frustration which to be honest usually comes from the customer not explaining things well! Would highly recommend!

Laura Pagan

Rob first designed and developed our website in 2013, and apart from a few tweaks/upgrades, it has stood the test of time! We are really proud of the website and receive lots of compliments about how easy it is to use and how great it looks from our customers. Rob has been great to deal with over the years, and goes above and beyond for his clients. We would highly recommend Rob to anyone looking for a new website or wanting to improve what they have already.

Laura Oakley

I needed to find a web developer to help rebuild a small charity website. Rob was great to work with and did a superb job. As a small charity, we had a tricky list of needs and limitations but Rob helped us build something that ticked every box. He kept the work in scope, worked with us collaboratively and was very responsive. What’s more, he was always willing to talk us through anything we didn’t quite understand and was never patronising. With regards to the end product, it was exactly what we needed. We’ve had so much positive feedback about the site from our members and it’s helping us deliver what we need to with our limited resources. Thanks so much for all your help Rob!

Jane Fulcher

I’ve worked with Rob on many varied projects over the years. He’s always our first choice for development projects due to his willingness to really collaborate and go the extra mile. And because of the fantastic results that keep our clients happy! Rob has been a great partner for the agency I work for, Show, and is someone we always know we can turn to for professional and wise advice. Highly recommended.