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Independent vs. larger print studios

Updated: May 15

Independent vs. larger print studios

The difference between an independent print studio, versus larger fashion print studios.

Small businesses or independent print studios typically have a smaller team and fewer resources compared to larger fashion print studios. They may focus on a particular niche or style of print and often prioritize creating unique and personalized designs for their clients. They may also have more direct communication with their clients and may be more flexible in terms of accommodating specific requests or customizations.

In contrast, larger fashion print studios typically have a larger team and more resources, which allows them to handle a higher volume of work and take on larger projects. They may have a more structured approach to their design process and may have a wider range of design styles and capabilities. They may also have more established relationships with manufacturers and suppliers, which can give them an edge in terms of pricing and production timelines.

Overall, both small businesses and larger fashion print studios have their own unique strengths and capabilities. The choice between working with a small business or a larger fashion print studio will depend on the specific needs and preferences of the client, as well as the scope and scale of the project.

The benefits of using an independent freelancer versus a large company:

Using an independent freelance professional can be better than using the services of a large company in several ways:

  1. Personalized service: Independent freelancers typically provide more personalized service since they work one-on-one with their clients. They can take the time to understand the client's specific needs and tailor their work to meet those needs. In contrast, a large company may have standardized processes and procedures that may not be as flexible or adaptable to individual clients.

  2. Cost savings: Freelancers often have lower overhead costs and can offer more competitive rates than larger companies. This can be especially beneficial for small businesses or individuals who have a limited budget for their projects.

  3. Expertise: Freelancers often specialize in a particular area or skill, which means they can offer a higher level of expertise in their field. This can be particularly valuable for clients who require specialized knowledge or skills that may not be available in a larger company.

  4. Communication: Freelancers typically have more direct communication with their clients, which can lead to better collaboration and faster response times. In contrast, larger companies may have a more complex hierarchy and communication process, which can lead to delays and misunderstandings.

Overall, using an independent freelancer can provide more personalized service, cost savings, expertise, and better communication than using the services of a large company. However, it's important to carefully evaluate the freelancer's qualifications and experience before hiring them to ensure they are the right fit for the project.

Have you seen my fashion portfolio? I have worked with several designer brands and have experience in creating impactful and commercial designs for small businesses and start-ups. There are a few reasons why we may be a great fit!

Why hire me?

  1. Creativity: I am known for creating creative and unique designs that make an impact. My designs are often inspired by nature and are well-informed by carefully planned trends and market research.

  2. Attention to detail: I am committed to delivering high-quality work and pay attention to the smallest details. This is reflected in the precision and accuracy of my designs, but also in my speed and efficiency which comes with confidence from working in the industry.

  3. Customization: I offer customized design solutions to meet the unique needs and creative vision of each client. I will always take the time to understand your goals and objectives as a client - and create designs that align with your brand DNA.

  4. Collaboration: I truly value the power of collaboration and will work closely with you to ensure complete satisfaction throughout the design process. Honest feedback and input are always encouraged, to ensure your needs are met.

  5. Professionalism: I am known for my professionalism and integrity. Why not read more about it below?


"While working with Carolyn on a specific job, I really enjoyed the process. Communication was key to getting the brief right and Carolyn knew exactly just what questions to ask to ensure she extracted enough information to be able to start the creative process.  Carolyn has a wonderful talent in textile design, but also Customer Service and attention to detail. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Carolyn and have no hesitation in recommending her services." -Nicole, When The North Wind Blows

"Carolyn is an incredibly dedicated and talented graphic designer. I was always impressed by her adaptability and willingness to take on a challenge. She always adhered to deadlines and had excellent communication. It was a pleasure to work together, and I sincerely hope we get the chance to work together again in the future." -Claire, sass and bide

"Carolyn is a hardworking and passionate individual who will go above and beyond for her clients! She has a great eye for her own sense of style and handwriting but is also eclectic and able to mould her diverse range of skills to any brief. She is extremely talented and an absolute pleasure to work with. Would proudly recommend her to anyone!" -Nancy, Hanes Brands Australia

"Carolyn exceeded my expectations! The artwork is beyond beautiful. She was timely, great at hearing my vision and even better at bringing it to life. I am so grateful to have worked with her and look forward to working with her in the future. Thank you!"  -Saffy, Sacred Circus

If you would like to work with an independent freelancer like me, why not get in contact? Just send me an art brief!

Thanks and I can't wait to hear more about your project.




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