Remote Freelancing

If you look at my demo reel and if you’ve seen any of my other 2d or 3d work around (well, maybe you don’t know it’s my work), you may be surprised to discover that almost all of that work has been done remotely. I have never met, face to face, most of my clients. How does that work? My answer: it works well (that way they don’t know I’m an Ogre and run away screaming). No, seriously, it has worked very well.

This is a good a time as any to note that sometimes remote freelancing is also not the way to go. Among other things it depends on the client’s requirements, trust, adaptability and desire to make it work. It depends on the remote freelancer’s qualifications, fees, communication, and availability. Remote freelancing has many advantages, but it also has some disadvantages. A client needs to decide if the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

A client needs some work done, who should they hire? The way I figure it, a client has basically three options: hire an employee, hire a local freelancer or hire a remote freelancer. What determines who the client will hire? A client, almost always, likes to save money (when I’m in the client’s shoes – I like to save money!). They also like to get the best bang for their ‘buck’. A client will want the best quality workmanship for the least amount of dollars. That makes sense, they are out to make a profit – or at least a living… and waste and poor craftsmanship is not good. So what is a client to do?

As a previous client, I can say that the best thing to do is look at the three options and look at some of their advantages and disadvantages and then decide how the project will benefit from either hiring an employee, a local freelancer or a remote freelancer. Next we will look at some of the advantages of each… well, next as in tomorrow… or the next day.