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SFF158: How this Freelance Textile Designer Out-earned Her Salary (in Her First Year of Freelancing)

Struggling to find a job (even after attending a respected fashion school)? Stuck at a job that sucks the joy out of life (but feel like it’s your only option)? Laid off (and not sure if fashion is worth the struggle anymore)? If you’re fed up with the fashion industry, but don’t want to give up on the work you love, this episode is for you! 

If any of those situations sound familiar, Textile Designer and Successful Fashion Freelancer Katerina Dimovska has been there too. But her transformational story is proof that you don’t have to leave the fashion industry to have creative, fulfilling work that lights you up! Now she’s earning more than she did in her full time job, she has the freedom to travel between her family in Macedonia and her partner in Italy, and she’s finally doing work she truly loves.

In the interview (which you’ll love), we will cover:

  • How Katerina transitioned from a tech pack job in Macedonia to a self-taught textile designer with clients around the world
  • How she overcame her fear and gained the confidence to go all in on her freelance career
  • Exactly how much she charges for her work (spoiler alert: it’s a LOT more than the average hourly rate in her home country!)
  • How she reaches out to potential clients to get consistent replies and new projects
  • And more!

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About Katerina

Freelance textile designer Katerina Dimovska

After graduating in fashion design from IED Milan, Katerina Dimovska spent years trying to find opportunities to do what she loves the most: design textiles. Her in-between experience varied from wearable technology to women’s office wear, but when she turned to freelancing she finally created the opportunities she was looking for. Today, she is building her dream career creating vibrant custom prints for startups and small brands worldwide.

Loved this episode? Don’t miss Episode 145: How This Textile Designer is Charging $60/hr on Upwork!

Resources & People Mentioned

  • Free resources for SFF Podcast listeners!
  • Connect with Katerina on LinkedIn
  • Follow Katerina on Instagram
  • Want to work with Katerina? Email katerinadimovskadesign [at] gmail [dot] com

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