Last but certainly not least, we present our fourth Freelancer Friday highlight, Jade Warrick.
Business Name: JW Media/TrashKid Art
Artist Name: TrashKid
“ALWAYS charge what you’re worth. It is ok to have a sliding scale for certain areas, but never undercharge your talents. Working for exposure is DEAD.”
- Where are you from? I am originally from Los Angeles, but I moved to Albany from Houston about 4 years ago.
- In what year did you start freelancing? Oh boy, I’ve been freelancing since I was about 13, ha. But I really got into doing more creative freelance work in college to help stay alive and not eat ramen every day for three years.
- What inspired you to start? My passion for design and entrepreneurship, but more importantly it lets me give my talents back into the community. Money is nice too of course, but it was never truly my main goal.
- What’s your favorite thing about freelancing? Probably some of the cool requests I get. Weird murals. Intense designs. Doing thoughtful work for local non-profits. Freedom to work for yourself and being the owner vs. employee is a nice feeling as well.
- What’s the most difficult part about freelancing? Sometimes the stress of heavy workloads can become intense. I want to get everything done with high-quality standards while being empathetic of my time and the clients. It is a balance. Another one would be people taking advantage of your time and talents.
Jade also says, “Never stop marketing yourself, especially when you’re swamped with clients. When you stop feeding your funnel, the work will eventually dry up and you’ll find yourself in a scramble trying to get more work when revenue drops. Dedicate time every single week to marketing until you build a solid base.”
Check out this video – CollabCast by The Collaborative Episode #19 with Jade Warrick / TrashKid!