To Be Or Not To Be: A Freelance CAD Designer

September 6, 2013

For some CAD professionals, becoming a freelancer is by far the best career move they’ve ever made.  Freelancers are able to be their own bosses and work in within their own boundaries. But countless other CAD professionals swear by the comfort and security that working in-house provides to them and for their careers.

Finding the work environment that’s right for you, is often important not just for your career but life success as well.

So what is best for you, in-house or freelance?

This is a question that is best answered through experiencing both types of job formats.  The good news is that CAD professionals can have the best of both worlds in ideal situations.  Freelance work is abundant and CAD projects come in all shapes and sizes.  Jobs can be found online, through networking, and by marketing your specialized skills in distinctive ways.

CAD Professionals for Hire

Today, popular freelance opportunities include the need for general CAD drafters, mechanical drafters, and architectural drafters.  These jobs can have short-term or long-term deadlines and fluctuate in complexity.  Freelance CAD professionals have the unique ability to pick and choose the jobs that suit them and their current situation.

However, there are a number of difficulties experienced by freelancers on a regular basis.  Competition for jobs and projects is often high. Online networking communities frequently have potential freelancers bid for projects, where the lowest bid wins the right to complete the project.  Young freelancers commonly post especially low bids in order to beef up their portfolio, gain experience, and enhance connections.

A Third Option: CAD Staffing Agencies

CAD Staffing Agencies are a special resource used by many CAD professionals.  Staffing Agencies offer a range of services to CAD professionals that includes temporary placement, temp-to-hire, and direct hire employment.  Since quality freelance jobs are often hard to find, staffing agencies help to save CAD Designers time and money by confidently lending CAD professionals to employers for a specific tasks and projects.

Looking for a CAD designer today?

If you are a qualified CAD professional or someone looking to hire a draftsman located in North Carolina, our team can help you decide what is best for you.  For more information call 919-457-9184 or submit a message through our contact form.

As a CAD Designer with over 26 years of computer aided design experience Charlie Seymour is the President and Owner of CAD Designers, Inc. a nation wide cad service firm.

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