freelance graphic design

What Sucks About Being A Freelance Graphic Designer

A few weeks ago, I found myself in a strange situation that reminded me of all the things I HATE about being a freelance graphic designer.

Usually, most of my work comes from online freelance websites like O-desk, Fiverr and more. I rarely actually do anything for REAL LIVE people standing over my shoulder but I recently made an exception/mistake (which I should have totally seen coming by the way) that I would later regret.

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become a travelling freelance graphic designer

My 4 Top Careers Best For Travelling

Do you want to see the world and make money while you’re at it?

That’s what I wanted to do and somehow my calling of becoming a travelling freelance graphic artist fell into my lap!

But there are several career paths that you could pick that would be great for travelling around the world and you’d be doing it while picking up a paycheck for it every month! How can you beat that?

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My Strange Band Life Before Freelance Graphic Design

I’ve been around…

Wait a second–not the in the way you think! What I mean is that before I decided that I would actually pursue a career in freelance graphic design, I had a few tries at some other jobs and activities here and there.

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Pregnancy in the Digital Age

It is undeniable how the internet has greatly improved the lives of so many people around the world. Not only has it helped families stay connected despite being on opposites sides of the world, it has also made the task of gathering information a whole lot easier. This does not only apply to researching topics for college papers or in the case of homemakers, getting recipes for certain dishes or DIY tips.

Believe it or not, you can also find information on how to conceive a child with the gender of your choice. Sounds a little ridiculous, right? But it's true. There is a special calendar used by the Chinese that will tell you the exact date you should conceive if you want a baby boy or girl. There are websites that offer this calendar for free. Likewise, there are also sites with calculators that can tell the gender of your baby based merely on the date of your last menstruation. You won't have to wait months to finds out. However, these aren't always reliable so make sure you wait until the gender of your baby is confirmed by an ultrasound before you go crazy shopping for pink or blue onesies.

Say you already suspect that you're pregnant and want to take a home pregnancy test but don't know which one to pick. According to Pregnancy Test Central, there are pregnancy tests available online. However, it is still best to use a home pregnancy test kit that can detect even the slightest increase in the level of hGC in urine if you're only under 8 weeks along. Knowing this piece of information will not only save you money from having to buy one of each pregnancy test kit on the shelves of your local drugstore but it will also prevent you from feeling the disappointment and frustration brought about by a false negative test result.

Let's get to the part where you've already confirmed your pregnancy and now you want to connect with other pregnant women to discuss your excitement, anxiety, and everything else you may be feeling. The internet can also help you with that by means of forums especially dedicated to women who are also expecting. Aside from that, you can also find sites full of articles on how to manage the discomforts brought about by pregnancy. You no longer have to spend money on books about pregnancy because you can get all the information you need through the internet.

Another way the internet has made pregnancy a lot easier for women who are expecting is through online shopping. As you get closer and closer to your due date, the harder it will become to move around. If you still have to do some last minute shopping for your baby's things, doing it online is the best way to go. Not only will a wider range of options be available to you, you can shop for everything you need with a just few clicks of a button. When you're done, all you have to do is wait for your order to be delivered to your doorstep within a couple of days.

The internet has been criticized a lot by educators and parents because it has had negative effects on children. What they don't realize is , the internet has brought more benefits to parents and in effect, to their children. As far as the negative aspects go, it's all about keeping a close watch on your child's access to the internet and implementing boundaries.

Finding the Solution to a Lifelong Insecurity

If you didn't know, I am actually half British. My dad moved from England to the US in the 70's to seek greener pastures. He met my mom a little over a year after he arrived, dated for a few months, got married, and had my brother the following year. Two years after that, my mom was pregnant again and after 9 months, I was born into the world. The rest was, as they say, history.

You may be curious as to why I started this post with a background on my family. Well, I'm going to be talking about the one thing that I've been very conscious about ever since I was a teenager – my teeth. Growing up, I have always been teased about my teeth because they weren't pearly white and had gaps in between. My brother was lucky because his teeth are just fine. I totally blame my misfortune on my dad's genes. You know what they say about the British having bad teeth, right?

 Anyway, my insecurity got worse when I became a teenager. Imagine liking a girl but not being able to smile at her or even open your mouth as widely as you would like when you're talking because you're ashamed that she might see how hideous your teeth were? Not good, right? Well, that's exactly what I had to endure in high school. Sadly, cosmetic dental procedures weren't as accessible to the common folk back then so even if my parents were willing to pay to get my teeth fixed, we had no idea where to go.

Let's fast forward to about 8 years ago when I first started freelancing as a graphic artist. One of my first clients was the owner of peachveneers.com, a website about veneers in Atlanta. Back then, I didn't exactly know what veneers were but as soon as I was done researching on the internet for the project, I knew that it was what I needed. I saw the project as the answer to my prayers because not only did it lead me to the solution to the problem with my teeth, the money I would earn would be enough for me to get porcelain veneers in Atlanta at the Peach Veneers clinic.

It was a good thing that I was a freelancer and thanks to the internet I can work anywhere because based on my research, it would take at least 3 weeks for porcelain veneers to be done. When I finally completed the project and received my pay, I immediately started making arrangements to fly to Atlanta. I was able to get in touch with a cousin of mine who lived there and had a spare room in his apartment which he was willing to rent out to me for peanuts.

I also called the clinic and spoke with one of the dental assistants regarding my concern. He told me to email in some pictures of my teeth so the dentist can see if I was suitable for veneers. After a few emails back and forth, the dentist confirmed that I was a suitable candidate and finally agreed to give me an appointment. I was ecstatic!

Moving forward to today, it's been almost 8 years since I got my porcelain veneers fitted and they still look like new. They did cost me a little more than I thought initially but I don't regret getting them. They did wonders for my self-esteem and even improved my way of life because I am able to eat better than I did before I got them. 

Purchasing an Heirloom for my Future Kin and Some Money Saving Tips on the Side

About two months ago, I decided it was time to spend some money on a little gift for myself as a reward for all of my hard work in 2014. If you didn't know, I live a pretty frugal life despite earning a higher income compared to regular employees. In fact, my frugality has become somewhat of an inside joke within my family because I rarely spend money on things basic things like say, nice clothing. Why? Well to put it simply, I don't think I need to spend so much money on clothes because I am comfortable enough by wearing jeans and t-shirts from the GAP store. Besides, I travel a lot so I don't really need to own too many things.

However, what I save on necessities are put into funding my travels. Before you get any ideas, let me tell you now that I don't travel first class and I never book a room at a 5 star hotel. That said, I will admit that I have managed to build quite an impressive financial portfolio despite the fact that I am under 30.

Anyway, let's go back to the biggest purchase I have ever made in my adult life so far. I decided it was time to buy something for myself that can be passed through the future generations of my kin. I wanted to buy a really expensive watch that can stand the test of time. The first brand that came to my mind was of course, Rolex. After all, I read on the internet somewhere that a Rolex watch was found in the wreckage of the Titanic and it was still ticking when they retrieved it despite being underwater for decades. Imagine that!

Being the web geek that I am however, I hopped on the internet to see what Time Connoisseur had to say about the best watch brands for men in 2014. Unsurprisingly, Rolex was at the top of the list followed by Tag Heuer. That's when I made up my mind to purchase a Rolex. I won't lie, I wasn't too keen on spending at least thirty grand on a watch. But I kept telling myself that it was a worthwhile investment because the value of a Rolex appreciates over time.

Since I was already on the Time Connoisseur website,  I also looked up their watch reviews on Seiko watches because I needed one which I could wear every day. The Sportura FC Barcelona Chronograph caught my eye and after taking down the name of the model, I started browsing through website after website that offered information on the best place to purchase authentic Rolex and Seiko watches.

Okay, I am not a fool as to buy something as expensive as a Rolex over the internet given the number of scams that some online sellers pull off. But through my research, I found out that if I wanted the best deal possible, I should make the purchase in Dubai. Fantastic! I had a scheduled trip to Dubai less than one month away.

Fast forward to today, my $34,000-worn-only-once Rolex is sitting safely in my safety deposit box in the bank. I am however, currently wearing the Seiko Sportura watch I was able to buy in Dubai with a 30% off deal on its price tag. After all, who wears a Rolex with a pair of worn out shorts and a faded blue t-shirt, right? Am I sorry about the purchase? Not at all! It's something that I can pass on to my future son, he to his, and so on. A family heirloom that started with me. Surely, that's worth its price?