The Sims 4 Freelancer Career – Thriving in the Gig Economy | Carl’s Guide

The Sims 4 was just patched on PC and Mac
and with it we got a new addition to the base game – the Freelancer career. While not the deepest experience, it’s a decent
alternative to traditional careers in that it doesn’t stick your Sim into a rabbit hole
for several hours and allows Sims to work at their own pace. It features a very diverse number of gigs
but few unique rewards. Starting the career is like any other, though
once you pick the career you’ll need to choose whether your Sim is going to be a freelance
writer, artist, or programmer. I loaded up my Super Sim and went with artist. To be honest I wish this had been done differently,
much like I wish actor could take more than one gig at a time. In this case I wish you could use all three
skills if you wanted. Sims, like people, learn a variety of skills
and should be able to use them all at once. In this case the game does allow you to switch
freelancer trades at will with the phone but it will reset the level you have with your
agency, bringing pay back down to the base rate. If they’d just left the level the same, I’d
be fine with that. Once you’ve signed up with an agency you can
use the phone or careers tab to select a gig. If you have problems where it looks like you’re
an actor, save while a freelancer, close The Sims 4 and reload the game. This worked to fix an issue I was having – also
make sure to disable all mods. Gigs are based upon skill level – you can’t
take one way over your head, so you’ll need to work your way up. Thankfully skill xp comes while you’re working
for clients. Once on a gig, your careers tab should switch
to listing the tasks you’ll need to complete in order to be paid. You have about 3 days to finish, and you can
start at any time. It’s even possible to do multiple gigs in
a day, though if you complete a couple you may find what’s left for that day not worth
your time. The list will refresh the next day. I believe that all three careers require a
computer in order to fully function, given the need to chat with clients. The artist doesn’t use the easel but rather
the digital sketchpad. Here we are painting a client’s deceased relative,
which you can see is a stirring representation of how most mamaws look. When done we can send it in and get approval
or else edit it if the client turns you down. You can click in the inventory or even hang
the painting on the wall and pick edit. Finishing a gig will move the meter for the
career ever so slightly. It moves much slower than normal, assuming
you can complete more than one gig in a day. Fill this meter and you’ll get a permanent
boost to gig rates along with a reward based on the branch you chose. Thankfully, this time the rewards are found
in the family inventory where they are meant to be. You can then level up again, and each level
will increase gig pay further. It looks like each overlevel applies a hidden
+10% to gig pay. Mine appear the same on the list but I get
more money. Sometimes you do so well the client gives
a bonus on top of that, which helps to cover the costs. Ambitious Sims do benefit from the trait,
getting a boost to performance increases and it looks like Lazy Sims take longer to level. Emotions also give you a boost, so it functions
like most other careers. There are about 10 types of gig for each of
the 3 branches, with variants among those types – for example making a computer game
is a type for a programmer and may have like 5 different gigs with different text. There are maybe 25 total unique gigs for each
of the 3 professions with unique text for the various outcomes. It’s a LOT of writing on Sims team’s part. This will extend the replayability somewhat
if you’re into Sims-style humor, which is present in nearly all the descriptions I read. Overall it’s pretty well fleshed out, just
don’t expect big rewards beyond money. It’s a nice way to earn a living and certainly
competes with the regular methods of using the skills involved like by painting. I’m not sure if writing is as good as actually
publishing novels but it’s definitely a more varied routine. I do want to add that when I first started
up nothing was working. It thought I was an actor and referenced the
wrong kind of gig. The careers tab didn’t show tasks and the
freelancer menu wasn’t coming up. I saved, disabled all mods, closed the game,
and cleared the thumbs cache then restarted. I have 0 idea which of those fixed it, but
saving as a freelancer and reloading did ultimately help my problem. I’ve been told that some people should move
their mods out of the mods folder entirely if they run into this just in case. It was released with a pretty nasty bug, and
I know it’s affecting a number of people right now. Hopefully you can enjoy the new career without
too much of a hassle. I’ll link the guide to cache clearing in the
comments along with the text version of the freelancer guide, which is now finished. Well, this is a rundown of what it’s like
to play the new freelancer career with hopefully a few tips to help you get going. Free content is always nice and I’ve got a
bit more playing to do myself. I’ll probably update the page to some degree. Thank you for watching, let me know what you
thought in the comments and hit the like button if this helped you in some way. That is the goal, after all and you doing
so does help my channel.

39 thoughts on “The Sims 4 Freelancer Career – Thriving in the Gig Economy | Carl’s Guide

  1. Thank you for this!! I think I might hold off on updating for a little . Much appreciated information as always! ✌🏻💕

  2. I made my sim a freelance writer and I don’t believe he’s getting paid. What should I do? (I don’t have any mods/cc)

  3. I've run 2 Sims through the Freelance Painter and the Freelance Writer ….. I'll do the programmer later. The upside so far is the ability to make money aside from the Freelancing, so that helped. I used mine for storytelling so LOL The Writer was a "Rags to Riches" and was able to expand a "rundown" house within 14 sim days (Spring the way I play)

  4. 2 things:
    1. At first I wasn't a fan of your way of speaking (I recall calling you drunk) but the more videos of yours I watch, the more I start to enjoy your accent and word choices. I really like you, your channel and of course your website.
    2. "Which you can see is a stirring representation of how most mammals look" (Edit: timestamp 2:00 ) made me laugh out loud. I appreciate your humour, its never overdone and always leaves me wanting more. As long as you it keep up and not force funny this will definitely keep working, well done!

  5. Hey Carl’s I kinda need lil help I thought when u join the freelancer electronic art u will get digital pad in your inventory but I don’t see it anywhere !! Am I suppose to buy it of from build mode?

  6. Guys, can my sims be a freelancer artist and get singing gigs? I dont want my sim who has all music-related skills maxed oit to have to learn how to paint

  7. Thank you for captioning this as I am deaf. The home studio Lot trait and the Natural light lot trait dont seem to work for the freelancher career as a digital artist. You might be better off leveling your skills with just painting. Then switch over to the gigs when your level is high enough. Good tip on the ambitious trait to progress faster in the career.

  8. Carl, you don’t sound like the average you tuber and it’s rather refreshing once the surprise passes. Like I feel you would be explaining carpentry with the same steady voice and dead pan humour.

  9. Thanks for the great guide! I found that it was UI Extension Cheat’s that was causing the freelancer career to not work correctly for Me😉

  10. I don't like any freelanzer for the Sims 4…. It's something monsn't exist because it is a career or job that hinders….

  11. My sims a freelance artist and they can talk to client and do their art but once it’s in their inventory I can’t submit it, does anyone know what to do?

  12. Removing my outdated UI extensions worked for getting it to work for me, you don’t need to remove all mods.

  13. Hey I just got the game and I can’t figure out where the digitalistic sketchpad is lmao. Can someone help me

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