Member of the week: Julia Reich, graphic designer

Our member of the week is Julia Reich. Julia is a graphic designer, which makes her part of an industry that's second only to the film and television among the most popular fields in which our members work. As a nonprofit, we find it particularly interesting that Julia's clients are all nonprofit organizations, too. You can see a list of her clients in her profile, and you can see samples of her work on her website. We also found out more about Julia in a brief interview with her, below.

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1. Why did you decide to go freelance?

I have always wanted to work for myself. I’m very self-motivated, and I guess I just don’t like others telling me what to do!

2. What tip would you give to a new freelancer or someone who is considering going freelance?

I studied environmental education as an undergrad at Hampshire College, and was employed in that profession for several years before I decided to go back to school. I received a degree in graphic design from Pratt and worked for only one year for other companies before heading off on my own. In retrospect, I would have done a little more time “working for the manâ€? before going freelance, to gain valuable experience and mentoring -- that is the tip I’d give other young professionals.

3. What is your inspiration?

My goal is to have a small but thriving firm with a focus on serving clients in the nonprofit sector, and progressive businesses. Because of my environmental background I am very interested in issues of sustainability and am eager to help clients further their missions and commitment in this area.

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