Interview with an Online Freelance Designer : Gary Liston

Freelancer Hot Spot : Gary Liston

Gary Liston online freelancerLogo, Brand Identity Design, Website Design, Print Design, Packaging Design

Bunlo, Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines

“Try to learn new skills and keep updated with the latest trends and ideas, the digital world is constantly evolving and you don’t want to be left behind.” – Gary

Freelance Portfolio and Social Media Links:

Portfolio: http://www.garyliston.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GaryListon
Twitter: https://twitter.com/garyliston_
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/garyliston
Behance: https://www.behance.net/GaryListon
Dribble: https://dribbble.com/garyliston

 

Here’s another work at home graphic designer from Bulacan, Philippines.

Let’s see what Gary Liston’s been doing as an online graphic designer and how he maintained to be successful on the global market.

1. When and how did you start working online as a freelancer?

I started freelancing in October of 2012 to supplement my income and went full time last March, 2014. That’s the time I felt confident that I can sustain a stable income from freelancing.

2. Do you have any background when you started applying for jobs?

I have a degree in Fine Arts with Advertising major. I previously worked with multinational and local companies and ad agencies and from that experience I’ve built a strong foundation in designing various marketing materials for different products and companies. Some of the global brands I have handled are Scotch-Brite, Post-it, Scotch, Black & Decker and Ace Hardware.

3. What are the biggest challenges you faced when dealing with clients from other countries?

Working with different clients in different parts of the world means you have to deal with different cultures, different time zones and different expectations and the best quality to have to be successful in dealing with them is flexibility. You have to adapt to their mind set and understand their needs to be able to deliver the kind of service they expect. Sometimes it’s tough but most of the time it’s fun working with people with different backgrounds. You will gain valuable experience, business partners and even friends all over the world.

ME: Having a connection with client at a personal level is quite gratifying aside from the salary:>. It’s nice that they ask about you aside from work.  

4. Perks in becoming an online freelancer.

Being a full time freelancer means you don’t have to leave your home to work, flexible with your time schedule, be your own boss and work only on the jobs you like. You have more time and freedom to pursue other interests that makes your life fuller and enjoyable.

5. Advice you can give for newbies.

Every great achievement starts with a good foundation and to be able to succeed in freelancing you need to build first a good portfolio to showcase your abilities. Show only your best works, it could be 3 or 4 for a start, it generates a good and lasting impression from a potential client rather than a hundred mediocre designs. Always try to satisfy or even exceed your client’s expectations and you will be rewarded with repeat jobs, referrals and help build a strong online reputation.

Working at home or somewhere else is not as easy as you think it is. There are lots of distractions and temptations around you since nobody is watching behind your back. I think it’s good to have a routine work schedule, it could be 11am until 2am or whatever time you’re more comfortable and productive. Set a place where you can work uninterrupted so you can accomplish more in less time. “Try to learn new skills and keep updated with the latest trends and ideas, the digital world is constantly evolving and you don’t want to be left behind.”

Be like Gary and start working as an online freelance web designer without investment or startup fees.

About Agnes Galinato

Agnes has been a self-proclaimed Rockstar VA for 5 years. When she's not focused on a computer screen, she's a certified couch potato.

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