Freelancer Story: “My First Job Almost Put Me Off Freelancing!”

Meet James, a digital character artist and animator on PPH, who’s first job almost put him off freelancing! Thank goodness it didn’t!

Hi James! Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get into freelancing?

Hi PPH! I’m a digital character artist and animator and I got into freelancing after University. I did a few internships in animation and stumbled upon PPH, and haven’t looked back!

What was your previous job before deciding to go freelance?

During my internships after university, I was offered a role modelling buildings. I realised I’d been training for years to become a character artist, do I really want to accept this offer and wait to fulfil my ultimate dream?! So I decided to look elsewhere and during a 2D animation internship, I found PPH. I recognised the potential in freelancing and saw that with the skills I have to offer, I could do very well on the PPH platform.

How did you come across PPH?

I was actually looking at a design I had seen on Google, which was hosted on somebody’s PPH portfolio.


What was your first job like on PPH?

Surprisingly, my first PPH job almost put me off freelancing! The client was reluctant to pay for the job as I already posted the finished work to them. Being quite trusting and open, I didn’t even think to protect myself. I was paid in the end but I almost immediately gave up. I’m pleased I didn’t as a year on, I’m actually leading a pretty successful business from freelancing! I took the experience from the first job as a learning curve to make sure my work is always protected before handing over a finished product. I’ve now got many long-term clients with whom I’ve built lasting relationships.

What is a typical day like for you?

I usually wake up, get breakfast, then bounce between projects for 8-10 hours a day, before I call it chill out time. Sometimes I’ll work longer if need to.

How does freelancing compare to a 9-5?

Freelancing is so much better than a 9-5! I can take breaks when I need to and can manage my time more effectively as my own boss.


What benefits have you found by using PPH?

The greatest benefit I find is the ability to choose who I want to work with and what type of projects I take on. I also like the ability to liaise with the client to come to a mutually acceptable deadline.

What does your future hold? Where would you like to take this?

Hopefully I’ll have a long and prosperous future freelancing, making ideas and dreams come to life. I suppose some day I’d like to own my own studio and have my own big team.

What are your top 5 tips for freelancers who are new to PPH?

1. Make sure you watermark all your work before handing over a finished piece to a client. Once approvals been made and payment has been given, you can send them the high resolution file, watermark free.

2. Set yourself achievable deadlines before impulsively agreeing to anything with your client.

3. Set a realistic rate for yourself and consider where your skills set, your abilities and your experience.

4. Always be friendly and respective of other freelancers and clients who you interact with.

5. Don’t saturate yourself in too much work. Having your freedom is just as important!


If you were an animal which one would you be and why?

I’m not sure. Maybe a dog, like a golden lab. Such friendly pooches 🙂

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James T.

Animator/ Artist

Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom

Overview: Logo and character design in 2D and 3D, and concept art and animation.



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Liam Beale
Liam Beale

Inspiring story 🙂

Bhuwan Roka
Bhuwan Roka

Great story! Thanks for sharing and inspiring to those who’re interested in freelancing.

Same thing happen with me.
With this freelancing, I’ve also started my own company and product company.
Eagle Vision IT ( & eVision Themes (

Bhuwan Roka

Romel Barua
Romel Barua

Very Inspiring. Resembles a lot with my story.

Shuja Rehman
Shuja Rehman

good work and impressive story
keep it up


Yup! That is exactly what happened to me! I mean, put me off the freelancing. 🙂 (Today I realise I had understood the job requirements incorrectly!)
In fact, I even closed my account with PPH after tasting my first fruit but time bought me around it again and, I am still here after more than 2 years now, alive and kicking! 🙂

Imran Farooq
Imran Farooq

A very good stuff for inspiration.New freelancers should definitely read this.


Great story. Quite inspiring. I hope to have such a story in due time as I am new to freelancing. Thank you James.

Hannah Francis
Hannah Francis

This is precisely what I am afraid of. Requesting payment is different in person, let alone online.

Debabrata Das
Debabrata Das

Inspiring story for all new freelancer


Very Inspiring. With this freelancing, I’ve also started my own company Plexus Graphics

Silviu Isidor
Silviu Isidor

I like this post. It’s amazing how you can take control on your work environment while being a freelancer as opposed to having a regular job. For me, it’s been like two years or so since I started freelancing on this website. It’s what gave me courage to see beyond, to be able to observ alternative means to generate income, other than having a job. I quit my job and started freelancing. I felt like I was free, but in the same time I felt responsible. It was a little bit harder as I had to prospect clients my self.… Read more »

Daniel Rubeni
Daniel Rubeni

Great story! I’m new here and I hope to progress….

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