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Should I quit my job and start freelancing?

I’ve been working as a web designer in Bristol for a year now and used to live within about 30mins of the place. However, around 6 months ago I had to move to Cardiff (my boyfriend is a student there and I can’t move until he finishes in two years) and now the journey takes nearly 3.5 hours a day and costs almost a quarter of my salary. I’m finding it harder and harder each day and its really getting me down. The problem is there are hardly any web design jobs in Cardiff- should I quit my job and get a part time admin type job and start freelancing? Or should I just struggle on and get more experience? The industry I work in is so fussy about experience and I’m scared that if I quit my job I won’t be able to get another job in the future... It’s a decision that I’m struggling with so much, any advice?

Asked By: Joanna - 6/14/2007
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Answered By: apresnab - 6/14/2007
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First of all you need to know where your clients are going to come from when you go freelance. Set your marketing plan and go for it... More
Answered By: Mark J - 6/14/2007
 
Explore more economical ways of getting to and from work. Why not try an advert in the local paper offering your services as a web designer to test the market. You could always do small projects at weekends to see how it goes without giving up your day job.
Answered By: Joe Kool - 6/14/2007
 
first if u plant to quit..your saving is enough for any circumstances? your boyfriends have a enough salary to help you in case if you struggle for a couple of month?you have enough experience and business contact ?if dint i advise you..find another jobs that not cost you to much first (slowly) and plant your strategy... More
Answered By: letstalk-now w - 6/14/2007
 
hell yeh.. theres plenty of people doing this line of work for themselves
Answered By: bekwud - 6/14/2007
 
Have you checked to see if there are any employment agencies specialising in web designers in Bristol/Cardiff or even perhaps Bath? You could register with them to get a feel of the level of work available before you leave your current job... More
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Answered By: Roxy - 6/14/2007
 
only you can decide.
Answered By: jackie m - 6/14/2007
 
Try sending out speculative samples of work while you are still employed to get some feed back or freelance out of it. I know how competitive this area of design is and you already have a job so you must be good at it. Just see what response you get, you could be really surprised how much work you can get just by... More
Answered By: christine s - 6/14/2007
 
yes, you can join right away, joing www.elance.com, www.guru.com, www.scriptlance.com, www.guru365.com
Answered By: brinkufor k - 6/14/2007
 
I suggest you should not quit your job right away.If you are really good at web and graphic designing and can produce quality output on your own you can even execute job and deliver through net.You can publish your qualification experience and even your portfolio on sites like www.freelanceindia.com , guru.com etc. and... More
Answered By: laxminarayan a - 6/15/2007
 
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