A job description for “freelance fashion designer” doesn’t really exists. Which is why it can be really hard to figure out what work you can do or what services you can offer clients.
But here’s the best part…
This is actually a really good thing! Why? Because you get to create your own job description. Which (if freelancing is right for you) is one of the biggest benefits of freelancing in the fashion industry.
Not only do you get to set your rates and decide your salary, you get to pick what you do – and don’t – work on.
And there are a lot of things you can do.
What kind of services you’ll be able to offer depends on a few things. Your education, experience, types of brands you work with, location (NYC fashion designers may have different opportunities than Denver fashion designers) and other things can dictate the type of work you can do.
But there’s something for everyone.
In this article, we’ll go through 24 different services you can do as a freelance fashion designer and ways to help you decide what you should do.
The sky is the limit when it comes to what you can do as a freelance fashion designer. But most designers I talk to tend to underestimate what they think they can do when freelancing.
I’ve done everything as a freelance/contract worker, from moodboards and color direction to sourcing and fittings.
Some brands I work with, I do everything from initial concept through managing bulk production. Some brands, I just do design or tech packs.
Here are a few things to think about when figuring out what kind of work you can do:
The point here is that you can get creative with your offer.
Don’t underestimate your skills or underestimate and what brands need.
Here’s a quick list of 24 different services you could offer your clients as a freelance fashion designer. I’m just spitballing here, and keep in mind I’ve purposely made it broader than just “fashion design” to help you get inspired and think outside the box.
So start thinking about it, what kind of freelance work do you want to do?
If you’re not sure, answer these three questions to decide.
Don’t be afraid to get really specific.
If I told you to pick just 3 specific services from these lists (or other things I missed), what would they be?
And if you had to pick just one product category like men’s active, women’s denim, or kidswear, what would it be?
Take a minute right now and write this down.
It’ll help you figure out exactly what to offer your clients, so you don’t overwhelm them by saying “I can do everything“.