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Freelance or employed, one dilemma has always troubled graphic designers…Working full-time or part-time? The field of graphic design is such that requires utmost dedication and commitment. But one cannot overlook his obligations to family and friends. To strike a perfect balance between work and home life is the biggest hurdle that every graphic designer faces.

 

Full-time or Part-time – Time really matters:

Freedom or limitation of time both can prove to be adverse in graphic design. Lack of time given to your projects can make you lag behind your schedule and result in not meeting the deadlines. While on the other hand, excessive time employed on graphic designing can be stressful and frustrating when you don’t have time for social life.

 
 

Working Full-time – Vocational Dedication:

In order to arrive at a logical conclusion, we have to analyze both facets of work timings. Let us first look at the consequences of graphic designers working full-time.

 

No time for family & Friends:

Those who prefer to follow the 9 to 5 routine face serious dearth of time for their family and friends. Although the advent has social media has eased this situation to an extent, but providing private time to your loved ones is essential in maintaining a balanced life. You need to prioritize your work, private and social life accordingly.

 
 

Inflexible timings:

Working in stringent timings can bound graphic designers within limitations. As discussed earlier, graphic designers cannot work to their fullest when they work under excessive limitations and inflexible timings. Graphic designing requires flexibility and freedom of time. A full-time job limits the designer to a restricted domain.

 

Stress and Overload:

All work and no play can be stressful and frustrating at times. After graphic designer spends hours in painstaking graphic designing, they are left with severe stress and tension. Working under mental strain and cerebral pressure is unadvisable in graphic designing. Hence, a little time off is needed for graphic designers to beat the heat.

 
 

Personal matters are left unattended:

Working in the full-time mode gives us less time to attend to personal matters and private issues. After arriving late in the evening, we really don’t feel like completing our household chores. This is especially very troublesome for married people working full-time. Personal issues if left unresolved can hinder in your professional life as well. Hence it is better to attend both workplace and private affairs in equilibrium.

 

Drop in productivity:

Excessive stress and anxiety leads to a drop in productivity of graphic designers. After spending continuous hours tackling difficult clients, the energy levels of graphic designers deplete, causing extreme mental exertion. When you work non-stop, drenched in intense graphic designing projects, it ultimately results in a severe drop in your overall output and productivity on the job.

 
 

Working Part-time – Personal commitments:

After having discussed the effects of working full-time as a graphic designer, let us now see how the part-time routine affects graphic designers.
 

Decrease in Benefits:

Fair or unfair, it is true that part-time graphic designers reap fewer benefits as compared to the full-timers. They don’t obtain the same remuneration as the people who work 9 to 5. While it is obvious that you earn more when you work more, but part-time workers generally get less paid that their counterparts. The benefits and perks they receive are also not analogous to the full-timers.

 

Job Insecurity:

Another problem that the graphic designers face working part-time is a sense of insecurity related to their jobs. You never know when you can be terminated as part-time job is not as secure as a full-time job. If you are a freelancer and working part-time, chances are you will get fewer project opportunities to work on. Although job insecurity is everywhere, following the great recession, but working part-time is still considered more vulnerable.

 
 

Unable to meet deadlines:

While those working less than the customary time can spend more time with their loved ones, they lag behind their professional schedule. Moreover, graphic designers working part-time fall prey to procrastination as you are mostly at you own free will. Working on a fixed 9-5 job you are bound by the official timings to get the work done within time. But working part-time, you tend to procrastinate and in turn fail to meet deadlines.

 
 

Lose focus from work:

Working part-time, graphic designers can lose focus from their work. Consider you are working on a certain design project part in day and part at night; you are bound to lose your focus on the details of the assignment. Sometimes it is required to work in continuation on a project in order to reach its conclusion.

 
 
Which timings do you think suit graphic designers more? Working full time or part-time?
 

Author Charlie B. Johnson

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  1. Labeed Assidmi On July 17th, 2010 at 4:36 pm
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    It is amazing how you got everything on the spot. I am a full time designer but I also do freelancing on projects sometimes. The artwork I design sometimes at work is usually get hammered sometimes because they say “it’s too out there, people won’t get it, it’s not us”. It used to kill me but I realized it’s what they want and I have no control over it (trust me I did everything from good presentations to giving rationals behind everything). Anyway with my personal clients they obey my fair rules. Down payment before any artwork is done the whole procedure.

    I used to be over worked, stressed, and clueless of how to manage my time. After couple of trail and error attempts I finally can say I am happy that I figured out a system where I have time to be with my wife and sin and play while the same time do business and doing other things I love such as playing piano.

    This is one of the most posts I have felt a connection with because everything you mentioned here is right on!

    Regards,
    All the love from Saudi Arabia

  1. Robert On July 18th, 2010 at 8:32 pm
    2

    I work as a part time video/graphic/web designer. I love to do it since it’s summer vacation and I have time to make money!

  1. uth On July 19th, 2010 at 12:31 am
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    i think, full time it’s more succesfull than part time, coz on full time, the designers really focus on what they do.

  1. shabnam yasmin On July 19th, 2010 at 3:07 am
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    great post…….

  1. Perth Graphic Design On July 19th, 2010 at 10:03 pm
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    While there are pros and cons to working full-time or part-time, I think in the end it is a lifestyle choice each person has to make. Regardless of what a person chooses, time management is important in order to succeed at either.

  1. Andrey On July 20th, 2010 at 12:52 am
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    I work as a full time web designer, and I enjoy my work. I think you shoud work full time if you realy like this work.

  1. Raelin On July 20th, 2010 at 1:00 am
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    I think it is completely dependent on the person whether to work part- time or full time. If you can successfully manage your time, then why not both? The extra cash and flexibility is great for part timers. The job security may not be a factor for full timers as anyone can get sacked any time!

  1. Smita On July 20th, 2010 at 3:34 am
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    Full time and part time, both have their own pros and cons…Depending on the situation you are into will decide whether opting full time will be beneficial or part time…

    Anyways buddy…nice post….

    Regards
    Smita

  1. Hasib On July 20th, 2010 at 5:08 am
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    I am working as a full time designer and I enjoying my job.

    Hasib

  1. Joomla Web Developers On July 20th, 2010 at 11:18 pm
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    It depends on the situation,like if we customize or any additional things to be done to the site we go for a part time ,or a new site to be done work as a full time ..it is according to the situation we have to switch to…..

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    I just started working with a compay full time, but from home. I think this is the best of both worlds as being able to manage your own time is excellent and you still get the job security. I was a part time freelancer and you nailed the cons on that. Good Post

  1. Graphic Design Agency London On July 26th, 2010 at 6:33 am
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    It depends on how you define successful. Financially working full-time is more successful for obvious reasons, but for personal reasons it may be better to work part-time. I’m sure most people would love to work part-time but for most people it just isn’t affordable. If all very well saying you can spend more time with your family if you are part-time but you may not earn enough to support them.

  1. Sue Tallents Design On July 28th, 2010 at 2:08 pm
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    There are advantages and disadvantages to both scenarios – ultimately it will be your personal situation and other factors that will govern what’s right for the individual, but workload is goig to get the biggest effect on wether or not to “give up the day job”.

    Best wishes,

    Sue.

  1. Nick Jones On July 29th, 2010 at 3:30 am
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    Hiya

    I am newbie to the industry and must to establish myself so guess Part-time is more my cup of tea as learning online is endless and to be the Guru, I have to spend years with current Gurus on web.

    Best,
    Nick Jones

  1. Frank Web On July 29th, 2010 at 5:19 am
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    Well, part time or full time really depends on your priorities. I would say that having a full time job is ideal if you are single and for married people if there will somebody else to look after his son esp if you are still starting a family and your partner is also working. Part time is somewhat ideal if both were working and nobody will look after the family. Though there will be higher risk for part time workers compared to the other one. Part time works is much fitted to women than men (if you’re married) since men should be the provider of the family. But overall, when deciding to go for full time or part time work, you should balance the cons and pros of the situation.

  1. Adam Sturm On August 3rd, 2010 at 9:04 am
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    I believe it’s good to do both. Have a full-time job for the security and benefits, but do freelance work on the side to supplement your income.

  1. novaabue On August 5th, 2010 at 6:05 pm
    17

    Working full time and part time are both have an advantage and disadvantage.Its all about time management and dedication to the job.I have a site here to recommend to lessen the job so we can all fix our deadlines.

  1. Chris J. On September 27th, 2010 at 11:50 pm
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    I just started to be a regular in a company and my very first and I already find it a bit stressing and tiring especially when you’re facing the computer monitor for 8 hours 6 days a week. But I believe both have their own pros and cons, everything else will depend on you on how you handle your time.

    Very informative post, thanks!

  1. Jodi On September 30th, 2010 at 8:00 am
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    I think these would be determining factors in all jobs, well…most anyway. Good points though.

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  1. Brian On February 3rd, 2012 at 9:18 pm
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    I have tried working part-time and full-time but then I got real sick with disability and all and now I think I am just going to work part-time, freelance, and get disability.

  1. Crunch Marketing On July 6th, 2012 at 8:43 am
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    From a client’s and business owners point of view it has always been easier to work with designers that work for a company full time rather than doing it on the side or working by themselves. In my opinion, some designers seem to struggle to organize their work and as a client that unfortunately means that deadlines often get missed. Whenever I had the pleasure of working with a full-time designer I found that the work was delivered much more quickly and the quality was better too.


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