It is a general practice for a designer to work on some personal projects as well as working for clients and projects and that is because of the reason that such personal projects are for making the designer more skillful and sharp in his field by giving him more knowledge and ideas. And once you have ways of adding more diversity and creativity to your work, learning more will eventually increase the inflow of your income.
The most common type of personal projects that a designer or a developer does is blogging, managing the circle on the social networking, membership or e-commerce sites. This article is designed to let you know of the ways which you can use to make the most out of your personal projects, of ways with which you can manage them and use them more effectively. With these tips, the time you spend on your personal projects will reap you more fruit.
Giving Proper Time to Your Projects
Personal projects does not only provide learning opportunities and open ways for more income but are also fun to do. There is also a fact that these projects take time and just cannot be done irregularly. And although personal projects can be done in the spare time but when we talk about getting the most out of it, it can only happen if you give proper time to it.
What designers can do is set a fixed time every week for personal projects. They can choose the day near the weekend so that they have something relaxing to look forward to.
Keep the Maintenance of the Project in Mind
Before taking up any projects, think about how much of your time it will take and avoid taking up projects that require a lot of time for upkeep. If you take a project requiring a lot of time, it will most probably collapse in a few days due to the lack of proper maintenance.
And though there will be projects which are time requiring yet beneficial like blogging. But taking up a regular commitment for such tasks might not be a good idea. And once the small projects are on track, they will start reaping as much good as the bigger projects.
Also, while considering the project, consider whether you can take it up as a full time project in future. The aspect of future benefits in mind will work as a motivation.
Collaborating with Other Designers
If you can find a designer or a developer with whom you can work and share projects, it will be a good step as I will open more horizons for you and will be a way of sharing the tasks and the burden.
Two can be better than one can be used in this respect as when there will be more brains to put effort into the project, the end result will ultimately be better. The party you are collaborating with must be reliable and someone who will add to your network and will bring to the project and the business. And when looking to start collaboration, you can look up in your existing network the first as it will be more reliable and will give you opportunities of growing the network.
Learning from Your Personal Projects
Spending time and effort on personal projects will be ideal if there is also a learning opportunity in it. Taking up a project in which you are not already a master will benefit you more as it will provide an opportunity to master it as well. Taking up the example of blog again, a designer can improve his writing through blogs which will open another door for him in his field. You can think of the projects which can improve your skills and work on them. In this way, you will see a lot of improvement in your skills.
Variety in the Projects
It is the nature of humans to get monotonous and same can happen if you keep doing one kind of project. By adding variety in your personal projects, you will see the element of interest increasing.
Also, by adding variety in the types of personal projects, it will make you skilled in more than one project and will improve you and make you opportune for all those different kinds of work. The diversity in the work will make you experience newer stuff and will keep you from getting bored.
Benefiting from the Freedom
Personal projects can be somewhat relaxing and refreshing as it gives you the feeling that you can work on something of your liking after all the hectic work assigned by the client. Consider it an advantage and make the most of it. Apart from providing more skill and experience, it can also become a source of inspiration.
If you feel that your personal projects are getting burdensome, you can outsource or you might feel the need to outsource or to take help from an expert. Another advantage of outsourcing is that it can provide a chance to the designer to experience what it’s like to be a client which gives an understanding of a client further.
To take your designer business a notch higher, there is a need to pursue projects on personal basis as well. These personal projects can be beneficial in providing a relaxation from the routine work can provide experience and can be trainers for more skilled works and areas which can bring more business and enhance your scope. Giving proper time and consideration in taking up such personal projects can have all but a positive impact on your developing or designing career.