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... and welcome to Freelance Faces. This week we're introducing Ruth O'Leary of Ruthless Design. Ruth has been a designer for over ten years, however she now focusses on being an artworker and typesetter. Her previous design experience is the reason she makes a great creative artworker with a keen eye for detail and creative direction.
Ruth is also a very talented photographer with a very strong leaning in the 'dog world'. You can see some of Ruth's fantastic canine portraits on
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Introducing Ruth O'Leary - freelance creative artworker and typesetter. Long documents and annual reports a speciality.

Hi Ruth and welcome. 

How did you find out about the Freelance Factory and what do you think of the concept?
I've been listed on Freelance Factory since it started. I think I originally saw it advertised in a trade magazine. I think it's a great idea. I wish I'd have thought of it.

How did you start out as a freelancer?
My mum used to manage a professional singing group back home in Dublin, and she started employing me to do all their design and photography when I was in college doing my Visual Communications degree.

How long have you been freelancing?
I've been self-employed since I graduated in 1997. I worked as a graphic designer for many years but when I moved to Australia in 2004 I found my true calling as a creative artworker and typesetter!

What  do you specialise in and
how does freelancing affect your lifestyle?
I'm a creative artworker but typesetting long documents is my speciality. People always look at me funny when I say that, but I really enjoy it! Click here to see a pdf of Ruth's work samples.
It's perfect. I can choose to work really hard during my busy period (Annual Report season) and then relax and enjoy some down time over Summer.

Why do you freelance?
Most of the work I do is from home and I love that. I don't have to sit in rush hour traffic and I get to listen to my own choice of music all day! I work in offices occasionally too. I like the variety and diversity that freelancing brings to my life.

I prefer to work from home, however I'm also available to work on site. My rate is $60 p/h +gst. I would consider an on-going part-time position with the right company.

What other interests do you have?
I've got four dogs, so I have lots of canine related hobbies - dog training, dog photography and making leather dog collars and leads.

In March 2010 I won the Master Dog Breeders and Associates Dog Owners Choice Award for Best Canine Photographer/Artist of the Year. The best thing about these awards is that you need to be nominated by a client.
I was really honoured to receive it and quite touched when they read out the letter my client had written about me.

I love going to watch live bands and during footy season my husband and
I go to all the Sydney Swans home games. Go team!

How did you find out about the Freelance Factory?
I've been listed on Freelance Factory since it started. I think I originally saw it advertised in a trade magazine. I think it's a great idea. I wish I'd have thought of it.

How do you usually source freelance work?
Almost entirely through word of mouth. The rest is through self-promotion.