And that's a wrap!
Brunch by the Bay in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland on the 15th November 2023 was another hugely successful Creative Launchpad event, leaving graphic designers running their own businesses feeling inspired and more confident. We had a morning filled with inspirational speakers, a tasty brunch, fresh coffee and real conversations about the successes and struggles of running a design business.
Community over competition
The atmosphere on the day was inspirational, friendly and collaborative. With a room full of designers who commonly work from home made the most of the community environment on the day, sharing their own experiences, tips and tricks about running a small design business.
A morning of learning, inspiration and connection
And of course, the brunch was delish! Great food paired with great coffee created an ideal space for mixing, mingling, and even a little business talk.
Crowd questions & panelist answers from the day
How to transition to freelance design from full time work
Can you name some of your biggest challenges as a freelancer, coming from previously working in a corporate environment?
Making time and space for all of the admin, downtime, and sick days that you’ll need to take even as a freelancer! I thought when I first started that I’d have 40 billable hours per week 🤦♀️
How do you make the leap from your corporate 9-5 to being a full-time creative?
Slowly 🐌 I started freelancing in the evenings first, then once I had some projects lined up + 3 months savings, I quit my full-time job. But, you’ll never fully feel ready, so just throw yourself in!
How much do you charge for your work and how do you structure your packages so that you’re able to make a profit and not burn out?
This is a bit of trial and error, and also is so dependent on your preferences! A good place to start is actually by figuring out what you want your day-to-day to look like, then how much money you need and want to live your life (don’t forget annual leave and expenses). Personally, I can only take on 3–4 projects at one time.
Did you have to chase clients for payments? How do you set it up so you don’t have to?
Set expectations in your discovery call and proposal, don’t release final work/transfer ownership until invoices are paid, and use Hnry and auto reminders.
Thanks to our event partners
We are proud to partner with Design Assembly, Gravitas Media, GSM Magazine and picky to bring you Brunch by the Bay, Auckland.