How does Design Recruitment Agency freelance work?

– Today, as a freelance designer, there are a variety of ways you can work. You can be a solo freelancer
and manage your own clients or you can be freelance through
design recruitment agencies and work on location. These are two very different ways of working as a freelance designer. However, being a freelancer, you have the freedom and flexibility to undertake either of
these options or even both. So if you’re interested
in becoming freelance, want to know more about design
recruitment agency freelance then check out this video. (upbeat melodic music) So over the past six years I
have been a freelance designer, working specifically with
design recruitment agencies. Now in my experience I have
undertaken over 30 contracts and worked at over 30 design studios. In my opinion design
recruitment agency freelance is a good alternative to working solo and managing your own clients. There are pros and cons which I will get into in a future video. Before we get into that,
I’m going to discuss how recruitment agency freelance
works in the context of design. How does design recruitment
agency freelance work? Design Recruitment Agency
is a bit of a mouthful. So for the rest of this video
I’m going to be referring to Design Recruitment Agency as DRA. So first let’s start with the Design Recruitment Agency, the DRA. These work much like any
other recruitment agencies. These are companies that
seek to connect with as many potential clients as possible, looking for services
the DRAs specialize in. For DRAs these will
typically be design studios, advertising agencies, marketing agencies or businesses looking for creative talent. The DRAs will also seek to
connect with freelance designers. They will seek to get as
many experienced designers on their books as they can. Once they have designers on their books, they can then offer them up to fulfill any creative contract
their clients may request. There is a process of onboarding with the freelance designer. Before a DRA can place a
designer on their books, they will typically need the designer to go in for an interview, where the designer will get a
chance to present their work. This is where the DRA
will asses the designer and create a profile of their skills, experience, expertise,
personality and job preferences. This profile is essential
to the DRA as it will help fit them to perspective
jobs more appropriately. The DRA will also require
the freelancer to be set up ready to issue invoices to
receive payment legitimately. Before a freelancer can work with the DRA, they will need to be
set up as a solo trader, a LTD company or with an umbrella company. Once a DRA has a perspective contract for one of their clients, they will then need a freelancer
to put on the contract. The DRAs will have a number of agents or creative recruiters that manage both their clients and their freelancers. With a contract ready to fill, next the creative recruiter
will check their roster for appropriate designers and call them up to
check their availability. The creative recruiter will
proposition the freelancer to see if they are
interested in the contract. At this point the
freelance designer can ask more about the contract,
the project, the duration and negotiate the price. If all goes well and the
freelancer accepts the contract, they will then be put over to the client where they will look at
several candidates portfolios. Once a client has shortlisted a designer, they will then report back
to the creative recruiter who will confirm with the
designer who has been selected. Next the freelance
designer will be required to travel to the location between the time frame specified
and work in the studio. From then on it’s up to the freelancer to work with the client within the parameters of the
company, the team and the brief to carry out the creative
task until it’s complete and the contract is over. A good creative recruiter will
check in with the freelancer after a few days to see how they are getting on. Though otherwise, the
freelancer will only need to report back to the creative recruiter at the end of the contract to extend the contract or chat about any issues
regarding the contract. Typically, during the contract the freelancer will be expected
to fill out a time sheet with their DRA at the end of each week and at the end of each week or month, send an invoice to the DRA. In this instance, the designer
has no formal contract with the client. They will not have to
invoice the client directly, only the DRA. However, their may be
occasions where the designer will have to sign an NDA with the client before starting a project. Depending on the terms
and conditions of the DRA, the invoice can be paid
as soon as within a week or otherwise fortnightly or monthly. Once the contract is fulfilled, the freelancer is then free and available to take on a new contract where the whole process will repeat. That’s how design recruitment
agency freelance works. This is how I have been
working for the past six years. In my experience, I have
undertaken over 30 contracts and worked at over 30 design studios. If any of you have any questions regarding design agency freelance, be sure to pop them in
the comment section below and I’ll be sure to get back to you. This brings me to the next topic. In the next video, I’m going to discussing the experience of being a design recruitment agency
freelancer in a bit more depth and discuss the main differences
between DRA freelance and solo freelance,
managing your own clients. See you in the next video. (upbeat melodic music)

Stephen Childs

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