Surface pattern designer Veronica, designing at her desk

Hey there, fellow pattern-loving human! So, you’re thinking about finally taking the plunge and becoming a freelance surface pattern designer? Well, let me tell you, it’s a decision I’m pretty sure you won’t regret.

As a designer myself, I’ve experienced the incredible joys and perks that come with this creative journey. And that’s not to say that there won’t be really hard bits. But it’s all worth it. Believe me, it’s a wild and wonderful ride.

So, without further ado, let’s dive right into 20 reasons why becoming a freelance surface pattern designer might be the best thing you can do!

1. Creative freedom

Forget about rigid corporate guidelines and restrictions. As a freelance surface pattern designer, you have the freedom to let your imagination run wild and create designs that truly reflect your unique style.

2. Flexible working hours

Who needs a 9-to-5 when you can create your own schedule? Freelancing allows you to work when you’re most inspired or around family commitments. Night owl, early bird, young children? You get to decide when and how you work best.

3. Work from anywhere

Imagine designing gorgeous patterns from the comfort of your favourite coffee shop or while soaking up the sun on a tropical beach. Freelancing gives you the freedom to work from anywhere your heart desires. All you need is your trusty laptop/iPad and an internet connection here and there.

4. Embrace your entrepreneurial side

Freelancing is all about becoming your own boss. You get to call the shots, set your rates, and take control of your creative destiny. You’ll be running your own design empire!

5. Diverse range of clients

From fashion brands to home decor companies, the world is your oyster when it comes to clients. You’ll have the chance to collaborate with different industries and create designs that make a real impact in all sorts of fields.

Surface pattern designer Veronica checking her Republic of Happy products
Another day at the office! Those Republic of Happy cushions won’t check themselves…

6. Endless variety of projects

As a freelance surface pattern designer, every day is a new adventure. You’ll tackle a wide range of projects, from creating patterns for fabrics and wallpapers to stationery and home decor. The possibilities are endless. Boredom? Not in this gig!

7. Constant inspiration

Prepare to be constantly inspired by the world around you. From nature’s breathtaking beauty to the latest design trends, being a surface pattern designer means staying plugged into the creative pulse.

8. Make an impact in the fashion world

Surface patterns are a key ingredient in the fashion industry’s secret sauce. As a freelance designer, your patterns could be walking down runways, gracing magazine covers, and turning heads on the streets.

9. Personal branding

As a freelancer, you are your brand. You have the opportunity to carve out your own niche, develop a signature style, and showcase your unique perspective. Stand out from the crowd and let your personality shine through your work.

10. Work-life balance

Say bye-bye to burning the midnight oil at the office. Freelancing allows you to strike a healthy work-life balance, giving you more time for family, hobbies, and all the things that bring you joy.

Republic of Happy fabric samples
The first fabric samples for the launch of my homewares brand Republic of Happy

11. Connect with like-minded creatives

As a freelancer, you’ll have countless opportunities to connect with other talented designers, attend workshops, and be part of a supportive community that shares your passion for all things pattern-related.

12. No more commuting nightmares

No more rush hour traffic and cramped train rides. As a freelance pattern designer, your daily commute involves a stroll from your bedroom to your cosy home office or creative corner. Although I do suggest getting out of your pyjamas before sitting at your desk. It’s a good way to start the day!

13. Grow your online presence

In today’s digital world, building an online presence is crucial. Freelancing gives you the perfect platform to showcase your unique style, build an impressive portfolio, and attract clients from all corners of the globe.

14. Collaborate with dream brands

Ever dreamt of collaborating with your favourite brands? Well, as a freelance surface pattern designer, those dreams can become a reality. You might end up working with brands that you’ve admired from afar and contribute your artistic touch to their products.

15. Never stop learning

Design is an ever-evolving field, and being a freelancer means you’re always on the lookout for new challenges and opportunities to grow. You’ll have the chance to expand your design skills, experiment with different techniques, learn about the latest trends and push your creative boundaries to keep growing and honing your craft.

Surface pattern designer Veronica with her Republic of Happy cushions
Looking like a proud mama, cuddling my first Republic of Happy babies

16. Be a part of everyday moments

Have you ever noticed patterns on your favourite mug, a cosy blanket, or even on your yoga mat? As a surface pattern designer, your creations become a part of people’s everyday lives, adding joy and beauty to the simplest moments.

17. Creative problem solving

Designing patterns isn’t just about making things look pretty. It’s also about solving creative puzzles, figuring out how to balance colours, shapes, and textures in a way that’s visually pleasing and captivating.

18. Gain financial independence

Freelancing allows you to earn a living doing what you love. You have the power to set your rates, take on projects that excite you, and build a financially rewarding career on your own terms.

19. Impact and influence

Patterns have the power to evoke emotions, tell stories, and make a lasting impression. As a freelance pattern designer, you can influence and inspire others through your unique designs.

20. Never lose your passion

Last but not least, as a freelance surface pattern designer, you’ll never lose that burning passion for design. You’ll wake up every morning excited to dive into your next project, infusing your work with love and enthusiasm.

Surface pattern designer Veronica drawing on her iPad
Doing one of my favourite design activities… choosing colour palettes!

So there you have it… Twenty fantastic reasons why becoming a freelance surface pattern designer might just be the best decision you’ll ever make!

With creative and location freedom, flexible hours, and the opportunity to impact the world with your unique designs, the freelance journey awaits.

So grab your favourite sketchbook, let your imagination run wild, and start creating a world full of beautiful patterns, one design at a time!

I am a designer, originally from Colombia and now living permanently in Cornwall, UK. I graduated in Product Design but since then have mostly worked in graphics for print and web. A few years ago I decided to specialise in Surface Pattern Design and I'm loving it!


  1. Hi , Veronika ! Тhe colors you use are beautiful…Good combinations of strong colors that mean life…You have designs to my taste…just keep going forward .Greetings from Macedonia, Svetlana

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