Meet Andrea, an award-winning graphic designer from London, with experience in the Adobe suite of products.
Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get into freelancing?
Well, I came from what I would call a ‘not so wealthy background’ with a family of five other siblings. My dad couldn’t work because of a heart condition so mum was the main breadwinner. I always admire her strength and determination and encourage. I’m a mother too – I have a 4 and 5-year-old girl and boy.
How did you get into freelancing?
When I was younger I always knew that design was my talent I just didn’t know which direction to take it in. My parents persuaded me to study business studies and work in Bank. Well, I hated the business studies! So much so that I never actually made it to the Bank job!! I always remember waiting for the number 20 bus. If the bus was a minute late I would run through the graveyard and back home to my bed!
It was then I decided to take control of my life. I enrolled in various design courses that led me to the London College Of Print where I studied Graphic and Media Design. I can distinctively remember the day of the interview, I had to design a creative piece of artwork for the teachers to observe. I was ecstatic upon discovering that the teachers very much liked my concertina perspex book equipped with a matching stand. After leaving college I decided to freelance first to gain experience in the industry.
What was your previous job before deciding to go freelance?
Well I am freelancing alongside my current job at the moment
How did you come across PPH?
My brother used PPH to find someone to design a website. So it was him that recommended the site.
What was your first job like on PPH?
I am still fairly new to the site but, I have had a number of invites to bid for jobs which is a really cool feature on PPH.
What is a typical day like for you?
By day, I am a teacher at a school. By evening when the kids are sleeping I enjoy what I do best working as a freelance designer.
How does freelancing compare to a 9-5?
Freelancing is great! I get to work with my natural talent and also I have the freedom to enjoy my children.
What benefits have you found by using PPH?
- The variety of jobs available.
- Finding and easy to navigate platform that i can share my design skills.
What does your future hold? Where would you like to take this?
I would like to take my career to the highest point possible, I feel that PPH has all the right ingredients to make this happen with access to a wealth of jobs in just one click! My aim is to get on board lots more freelance jobs!! We live in a flat and my daughter remarked: “Mummy we need to buy a house with stairs, you three pairs of curtains but no stairs!”
What are your top 5 tips for freelancers who are new to PPH?
- Make sure your work is current
- Variety of work is key
- Always apply for jobs that match your skillset to avoid wasting your time and the clients time too
- Always make sure you create a good proposal with realistic prices
- Reputation is everything. Do not bid for work with being able to fulfil the clients needs at 200%
What are your top tips?
- Research any given brief thoroughly
- Brainstorm your ideas
- Keep up to speed with current design trends and computer software
- Retrain your brain if you need to!!
What web browser do you use?
If you were an animal, which one would you be and why?
Hmm… thats a difficult one but I’d have to liken myself to a dolphin. “Dolphins can be tool using workaholics” as quoted in The Telegraph and science.com. They have a passion for what they they do. The bottle nose dolphin carries sponges in their beak to stir the ocean bottom. All those characteristics are me. Well apart from having the bottle nose, but I am a workaholic with my tool!! And most definitely have a passion for what I do!!
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