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10 Great Reasons to be a freelance web designer

I can think of hundreds of reasons to be a web designer, and even more to be a freelance web designer – but you have to make your choice carefully. Being freelance isn’t just about being good at what you do. You have to know how to run yourself as business. It isn’t enough to be the best, you have to go the extra mile for your clients. These are 10 reasons why being a freelance web designer is a great career move.

1. You work your own hours
This can be a gift or a curse and it all comes down to you and your time management. I like to keep office hours when I can, so I work from around 8am until 6pm. This allows me to be in contact with my clients when they expect to be able to reach me. The other side of the coin, is that if you manage your time properly, you can find yourself with days that are almost totally free and you can work on personal projects or spend extra time with your family.

2. You get to do what you love
If you don’t love this work, then don’t do it. It’s as simple as that. I have been a freelance web designer for 10 years now and I love what I do. I still have the drive and desire each morning to go and make something beautiful. Don’t get into this for the money, do it for the love of the craft.

3. You are your own boss
This is similar to number one in a way. You are your own boss, and it all comes down to how you manage yourself. There is nobody to answer to (except your clients), so you can run things your way. It’s a lovely feeling, but on the flip side, remember, there is no safety net – you are the only thing standing between you and a zero bank balance, so make sure you put the work in.

4. You can mix and match your kind of work
If you’re anything like me, you’ll like to mix your work up. I take on about 75% of direct client work, where I am building sites for small to medium businesses. The other 25% of the time, I work for various digital agencies in London. I go on-site and become a member of their team for a short time, to help them hit a deadline or create something wonderful. This mixing up of your locations and kind of work you undertake helps to keep everything fresh.

5. You can be a real sponge
This is linked to number four, but you will find that as you go out and work in different environments, you learn new things from the people around you. You can be a sponge and soak all of that inspiration up and then use it later. You can learn so much from various people within organisations. It might be something from a design perspective, where you see a really cool effect and think “I must try that!”. It could be a really awesome bit of code that you hadn’t thought of using, that you can learn from – or it could be something as simple as how someone interacts with a client. You can learn from everyone you work with, so be a sponge and soak it all up.

6. The money can be pretty good
This is a double edged sword. The money can be decent if you have a wide range of clients and a constant stream of work. That being said, if you have a quiet month, then you are in for a world of hurt. You need to be very financially savvy. Make sure you put plenty of money aside for lean months (we all have them!) and also, never underestimate how much you’ll need for your end of year tax bill!

7. You get to be, well, you!
It sounds simple, but when you are a freelancer, you are your own brand. You as a person are the whole brand and identity. Don’t be something you’re not. Don’t try to be a small (or big!) agency when it is just you. Be transparent and open about who you are. Be yourself, you’re the only one there is.

8. You work from home
As I have mentioned, I work from home 75% of the time. Sometimes it can be a little boring, but as long as you mix in some office hours at other places, it’s really nice to be able to get up and not rush around with public transport, messing with tube strikes and buses. It’s lovely to have a home office that you can just go to and crack on with your day.

9. You get to collaborate
When you work alone, you often take on projects that require extra hands – sometimes you need to collaborate with people who have a different skill set to you, and that makes your life a whole lot easier. The great thing about collaboration, is that it works both ways. If you get someone in to help you, perhaps next time, they may bring you in to help them on a project. You get to meet lots of other people in the same boat as you.

10. It is downright fun
I cannot stress how much I love working as a freelance web designer. It is the most fun in any job I have ever had. When you work for yourself, you get all of that freedom I have talked about and you do something you love. It really is so much fun to be working every day. A quote to live by is “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ― Confucius

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.