Is the Freelance Life Really Profitable? (and more!)

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In this week’s question time I talk about my favourite Adobe design software, whether working as a freelancer is really profitable and how long it generally takes to work through a web design project.

This week’s questions

  • What is your favourite adobe software that you use all the time? – Faz
  • How long does it take you and your client to work out a web design project? – Tom de Wit
  • Chris, how is the ‘freelance-life’ for you? I can imagine it’s lovely, but is it really profitable? Isn’t it more wise to do a job for a design agency, do blogging on the side? – Tom de Wit


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  1. thanks for sharing chris :D

  2. Jorden Tually says:

    Thanks again! Helps me just that little bit every time ! :)

  3. Rob Cubbon says:

    Bad joke: Getting the “work to live” expression the wrong way round – was that a Spoonerism?

  4. monda says:

    I really enjoy watching your videos and reading your tutorials. I’m really only just learning to use Illustrator and your tutorials have really helped me understand some of the things that have been eluding me. Thanks :o)

  5. Tom de Wit says:

    Hey Chris! It’s really, really nice to see you used my questions and answered via question time!

    I’m sure I have some more soon, via formspring!

    And my name, translated in English: Wit means White, hehe. So you said it right the second time!! (= funny piece.

    Thanks again!


  6. Andrew says:

    Thank you Chris for this nice post. All the best for your next post.

  7. Hey Chris,
    Thanks for giving your input. I’m going to check out that book Four-Hour Work Week. I have a question: I know you get client feedback, but what about the work that isn’t done for a client. Who do you trust to give you feedback? Also are there any websites out there in which you can receive constructive criticism?

  8. Ren says:

    Great vlog, Chris. I must admit, I pretty much visit your site daily to see what new project you put up. I don’t have a favourite, they’re all pretty cool! :)

  9. Phil says:

    A good ethos Chris! Work to live is definitely a good mantra to live by. The excellent website and tutorials are very comprehensive and always on point with blog topics.

  10. Vivek Parmar says:

    thanks for sharing,
    One cent of mine. Freelance life is profitable only when you know your area of excellence

  11. DT says:

    well this was good read man, thanks

  12. It is but it’s becoming harder and harder as this whole way of life becomes more and more saturated, wouldn’t you agree Chris?

  13. Marko says:

    Great site Chris,any advice for learning Adobe After effects?I’ve had a go at videohive templates now looking to learn a bit more.Looking to create some more personally developed AE projects for my business,all the best.

  14. Michael says:

    I’ve worked on my own and in a firm (and as a firm owner). They all have their own unique benefits. The freedom of freelancing is great but after a year or so I found it lonely. Working in a team is more profitable and the social aspect is a plus. Just like many things its a matter of finding the right balance for you.

  15. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I do quite agree with the comment above that it can be pretty lonely when you’re working freelance, but then again, even in a cubicle if you’re focused and driven, it will probably be the same, one way or another.

  16. skittles123 says:

    hay ashley omg girl look if thats her im afraid its her

  17. M-Italy says:

    I’m an italian freelance motiondesigner. I must admit that beeing a freelance is not easy this days, unless you got big contacts with big studio or agencies.
    @Marko : I can say I’m an expert user now, but I found quite helpful to use templates, too. If you go in deep you can found out a proper “how they do it”… I bought a couple of templates from, they haven’t got many on it but they are very affordable. I bought this one ( ) and my customer was very happy. It was an advert for an upcoming APP for IPAD. You can see the final result here …

  18. Mike McCrory says:

    Freelance life is profitable is so many ways, sometimes I find myself working overtime on websites and not minding at all…because if I feel like taking a three day weekend, its approved every time! :)


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