•  Freelancing in my spare time

    These days online is everything. Although I specialize in print design, I do a lot of my work remotely online. One of the easiest ways I have found to get new clients is through a website called Upwork. It’s been a great place to grow my client base. 

    As with anything though, you get back what you put into it, and it does take some effort to get into the game. It very much is a game of selling yourself. I was a little leery at first, but being a designer, that is what you’re essentially doing when you take on a new client. To even get to that point, you need to sell yourself, and what you can do.  Freelance work can definitely be a full-time job, with everything that goes into getting yourself out there. Advertising, branding and messaging are all important when it comes to the right clients being able to find you.​ 

    That is what I like about UpWork. I have been on this platform for about 3 years now. I really enjoy the fact that I can refuse work if I don’t find it fits my skill set or my interests. I can seek out jobs that will further my real-world education and that I can have fun working on. Which is exactly what I want, considering I do this freelance work in my spare time. I also love the fact that I have found some amazing clients that have stuck with me through the years. It’s nice having clients that think of me when they have design needs.

     Upwork is a global freelancing platform.

    “Upwork, formerly Elance-oDesk, is a global freelancing platform where businesses and independent professionals connect and collaborate remotely.”​ - Upwork

    It’s been a great tool for continuing and growing my freelance business. It’s incredibly flexible. This past summer I took on a large book project that took up most of my free time. I was able to put Upwork on the back burner, after completing in-progress work of course, so I could focus on the book. 

    I just recently decided it was time to take on more Upwork jobs. I was a bit worried, as this was my first time taking a hiatus on the platform and I wasn’t sure how hard it was to going to be to get back on the wagon and get project work again. After a little updating to my profile and sending out some touch base messages, everything has gone back to normal. 

    Now I know that this isn’t the case for some, as I have read that quite a few people have had negative experiences with the platform. I can say myself included, as it did go through a period where it was more DownWork than UpWork. They have since corrected those issues it seems, as the whole system is working more smoother now with hardly any downtime. But there are people who also have issues with the how the system works for payment and in getting projects. But like I said earlier, getting the work is all a matter of how much time and effort you put into it. For me, it has been a great system for finding work to fill in the gaps of my spare time. 

    If you have any questions or would like some tips on how to make UpWork work for you, feel free to leave me a comment or send me a message!

  • Welcome to my new and improved website and blog!

    I know this place has been fairly quiet for a VERY long time! But no longer! I have finally got myself organized enough to get things sorted out and in place to finally have a working website. And wouldn't you know it, a built-in way to have both a website and blog in one place!

    I have had this website for several years now, and it had remained a lonely splash page linking to my social media presence. Since the beginning of the new year (2017), I have been working on creating a functional website to showcase my work and open up another avenue for clients to find me and communicate. This splash page had become a nagging voice in my head, saying get your act together and get a REAL website. My clients have also gently pushed for me to get something real up here since it makes things so much easier when talking about and showing work. 

    Larochelle Photography & Design - Lonely Old Splash Page

    Since I was working on finally getting my personal brand out there, I also thought it was time for a change. You may have noticed that my business name has changed. Larochelle Photography & Design had a good run, I did freelance for 5 years under that name. After that much time though, I have come to a better understanding of what my clients want and need, and also what I love working on. So I have re-focused my services and rebranded to fit that. That being said, I no longer offer photography services, opting to keep that just as a personal hobby.

    My photography blog will no longer be updated and eventually shut down, but don't fret - I still want to do this blog thing! In working on the rebrand, I toyed with the idea of switching to Wordpress to try again with the blog. When I first got into the blog game, Blogspot was where I took my baby steps. I feel it doesn't really suit my needs anymore though, I've outgrown it. So I got a nice surprise while working on my website. My lonely little splash page of a website has been all I ever needed this whole time! So I am putting the blog platform research to bed, and moving forward with my website/blog. I have done quite a bit of research on blog platforms though and don't want that to go to waste, so I might save that for a future blog post or maybe revisit it after I have used this system for a while.  It has been a really fun journey so far!  I've come across some great resources for getting your blog game in check, and am hoping with this inspiration I can follow through and get this blog going the way I want it to.

    So what kind of content can you expect? The plan is to post semi-regularly (TBD) about current events in the design field, helpful tips that will make the freelancer-client experience fun and enjoyable, book reviews, new work, designers/illustrators that inspire me, design education, random things I have been thinking about...the list can, and probably will, go on! By adding some variety and interesting topics, I'm hoping to make this place an enjoyable read, and somewhere that both you AND I will want to come back to.

    Thanks for reading, and hope to see you here again soon!

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