Starting a new chapter as a full time freelancer
For the past 7 years, I’ve been doing freelance projects on the side.
At the back of my mind, I’ve always had this thought of one day taking that final step into full-time freelancing. The problem, I was holding out for the perfect time to take that leap.
As the years have passed, however, I realised waiting for the perfect moment would likely never come – there will always be things to do or improve.
Around 2 weeks ago, it became ever more apparent how finite time really is and if I’m going to spend so much of my day working, then I should spend that time working towards my own goals.
Somewhat unknowingly, my wife and I had saved up enough money to keep us going for almost 6 months if I didn’t land a single project. On top of this, I had a surge of freelance project enquiries come in.
All of these things combined made me realise, if there was ever a sign to take that leap, this was it.
From the 7th September, I’ll be available for design and development projects on a full-time basisShare this on Twitter
For anyone who doesn’t know what I do, I’m a UI/UX designer and front-end developer.
My focus is on designing and building custom digital products and JAMstack websites.
An overview of what this might include:
- JAMstack websites
- Web and product design
- Pattern libraries
- UI animation
- Accessibility optimisation
- Performance optimisation
If you need help with any of the above I’d love to hear from you. You can send me an email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Improved performance as the content is built into pages at build time and not when a user visits the page
- Improved security as your site is essentially a bunch of static pages; meaning your surface area for attack is greatly reduced
- Cheaper hosting as your site is a collection of static pages served through a CDN
Wireframing is a key part of any project, it helps to put the focus on the content hierarchy before getting bogged down with aesthetics. I always do lo-fi wireframes, followed by hi-fi wireframes in Figma.
These hi-fi wireframes are then turned into a clickable prototype so people can see exactly how things will work – it’s much cheaper and easier to catch issues early on.
Gone are the days of building restrictive page templates, it’s far more efficient to build flexible component-driven interfaces. This makes the interface far more scalable, as features can be added, removed and moved around with far less effort.
It also means you can scale to thousands of pages with just a small number of components.
The biggest misconception people have when they hear the term accessibility is that it only benefits a small number of people.
However, government statistics show that roughly one in five people from the UK have reported suffering from some form of disability, whether visual, auditory, motor or cognitive.
Viewed from a business perspective, it just doesn’t make sense to ignore upto 20% of the market share.
That’s it in a nutshell if you need help with any of the above you can send me an email directly to email@example.com, I hope and look forward to hearing from you.
Can you design your own websites?
Yes, I take a strategic approach to designing websites and products. I like to understand the goals behind the project and design a solution that works to solve the problem(s) that sparked the design in the first place.
Can you code your designs?
Will you code an existing design?
Yes, I often work with clients who have already commissioned someone else to design their website/product and only need help to turn those designs into code.
Is every website you build mobile-friendly?
Yes, but not every website is automatically created to be mobile-friendly or “responsive”. Whilst it has become expected, it does require extra time to create a responsive website that works great across different devices.