We had a chance to chat with Muhammad Alfi. He is a graphic designer and illustrator from the Creative Allies community. Muhammad currently resides in Malang City, Indonesia. He has been a part of the Creative Allies community for several years. Some of the tips he shared with us can you others starting in freelance graphic design.
Could you tell me how you got into freelancing?
Short story, the beginning of me being a freelancer was when I decided to leave an advertising design/creative agency company. After I had finished my lecture studies in the field of visual communication design, I worked there for about two years. Then I decided to go out and choose to be a freelancer. Because I basically really like new things that I have never seen and done. It was from being a freelancing that I discovered these new things.
Like getting acquainted with new people from various countries. Also taking on new jobs that always challenge my skills as a graphic designer. And also, I like seeing various thoughts & perspectives of different people out there. I have never found this while working in a company. Being a freelancer allows me to continue to develop my skills, knowledge, and insights in the world of design and illustration. This is a pleasant world, and of course, since starting in freelancing, my financial income is increasing.
How many years have you been in the freelance industry?
I have been working as a freelancer more or less for about three years.
What is your favorite aspect of freelancing?
Developing new skills. Also the fact that I can chat and get acquainted with people who are also new. Everything is so pleasant.
What do you think has been your biggest challenge or challenges?
The biggest challenge that I feel as a designer working in the freelance industry is the adaptation to the time difference of several clients in various other countries.
Do you have recommendations for people who want to be a freelancer?
Probably this could be the first step for friends out there who want to become freelancers. Especially in the field of freelance graphic design and illustration. Start with the things you like first. Work on one area that you like, such as design. Go from there and create a variety of work that can make people happy. It will be hard. However, all the work you create when you start as a freelancer will be useful to someone someday.
If you could, what 3 things would you change in your past as a freelancer?
Reading more books and articles online. Find new ideas by making various sketches. Drinking coffee made from a local farmer in my city.
What information do you think the freelance industry is lacking?
Information about the openness of ideas or works that are very easy to find in this internet age.
What do you think your favorite project has been?
Illustration project or a product related to show the interactions between humans, animals & plants.
What do you think is the first step people need to take to start?
Love what you do and do what you is love. Don’t worry about the condition of financial income at the beginning. Maybe, in the beginning, it will be hard. But rest assured, that’s part of the process. From this process, someday you will get what you want.
How was your experience in working with Creative Allies?
The people at Creative Allies are really professional, and everything is fun. It’s great to be able to talk & get to know them all.
Where can people find you?
For now, I don’t have a social media account or website to showcase my work. This is because I’m focusing on building a design firm. But, people can talk and interact with me at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org