Freelancing in Berlin

over 9 years ago from Paul Bamford, Freelance Digital Designer -

  • Jonathan CourtneyJonathan Courtney, over 9 years ago

    I personally used to do a bit of everything too, but recently made the conscious decision to drop any sort of visual design. I'm a UX Designer/Product Strategist now and I find being able to stay in one general direction helps you to focus the hell out of learning about it, getting better etc.

    This also, of course in the end, raises your day rate. When we look for hires, we generally look for people who are very good at a specific skill rather than people who are just good at a bit of everything.

    As a yard stick number for a good visual designer, €450-500 is a normal range

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    • Sjors TimmerSjors Timmer, over 9 years ago

      Is it necessary to speak German fluently (or very well) or do you get along fine with english?

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      • Paul BamfordPaul Bamford, over 9 years ago

        My experience of the start-up scene is that English is usually fine with German being a bonus. That's for designers, different roles require different language skills obviously. Same goes for the larger agencies working across different markets but in both cases a good command of German can only help. That's something I'm still working on :)

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