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Thread: Freelance, small studio or big agency. And why?

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    I couldn't imagine to work for a big Agency or Firm. As freelancer I can realize my beliefs in ethics and sustainability in an easier way.

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    Definitely small studio afther that freelancer.

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    I freelance and run my own studio and there is a lot of other hats you need to wear that always take up your time. You need to be accountant, accounts manager, cleaner, marketing, receptionist etc etc. can really eat into day

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    Currently, I freelance. And while freelancing in itself is a multi-hat job, freelancing with 2 small children, is an even bigger job. Not to mention school, among other things.

    I wish to eventually start my own small design studio.

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    In Spain, given the fiscal situation is more advisable Freelance, because here there are no aid to small businesses and have to pay a lot of taxes. If you take into account to pay employees, taxes, licenses, social security, etc ... you screw

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    Something with health insurance! Just kidding. A good fit large or small is a place where you can learn and grow.

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    I'd go for the small agency ! And my dream would be to work with people who have different skills than mine, set designer, typo designer, graphic designer, photographer... All the people workind together, mixing their skills to make interesting projects !

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinktank View Post
    A horizontal collective will offer you less hierarchical inertia and sourness while still allowing collaborative creativity.
    Completely agree with this. It's important to note that a small agency may not actually offer this. This is about culture, not size.

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    I would work on a freelancer status. because I can manage the time to work myself. and have a little freedom in the project.

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    Having worked for small agencies and giant international brand firms, my preference is definitely for the smaller shop.
    I'm in the process of making the jump back down again right now in fact.
    Much more creative freedom IMO

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    If you can work in big agency and get some experience and then go freelancing.

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    I've been freelancing for a few years now, and while I love the flexibility of it, the unpredictability of the work lately has me looking at small firms.

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    Large agencies have a habit of burning out young people by working them to near death. If you can stand the pace and some nonsense, it looks good on a resume.

    As a freelancer you have to have sales and networking ability. Then balance that out with the work. Not everyone can do both well, and you need strength with both to survive.

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    I agree that it is very difficult to answer this question. On one hand we have a stable job in a big agency, and straight-laced constant wage, the truth is that we always work more hours than stipulated in the employment contract. That is, in the end, a freelancer, having 5 or 6 customers fixed, ends up better monetize his time, earn more money.

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    I had the opportunity to work in as freelancer, in a small studio and in big agency.
    My preference go to small studio, you can maintain some of your individual opinion, you work in a real team, not in a factory.
    Freelance as the downside of the money and some bureaucracy.

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