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The Sims 4 Eco Lifestyle: Freelance Crafter Career Overview

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It’s been just over a year since we first saw the introduction of Freelance Careers added to The Sims 4. We first started off with the Writer, Programmer and Digital Artist trades before adding the fourth trade back in August last year which was the Fashion Photographer trade. With The Sims 4 Eco Lifestyle, a fifth trade has now been added in the form of the Crafter trade.

The Crafter trade follows the same format as the other Freelance trades and your Sim can join a Freelance Career by using your Sims phone or a computer.

Once confirming you want your Sim to be a Freelancer you will then be presented with another pop-up box asking you which agency you would like your Sim to be a part of.

As a Freelance Crafter, you will be under the SIMply Crafted Agency.

But how do you get work as a Freelancer?

If you have played with one of the other Freelance trades or even as an actor in The Sims 4 Get Famous, it is exactly the same way. If not you simply just have to check for Gigs. This can be done by going to the Career panel and selecting the clipboard or again via the work panel on your Sims cell phone.

Likewise with each of the Freelancer Trades, the kinds and types of Gigs your Sim has available to them all depends on their skill level. This is displayed at the bottom of each Gig. Those that are highlighted are currently available to your Sim. Those that are greyed out are currently unavailable to your Sim as they do not have a high enough skill level that is needed for that gig. The higher the required skill the higher the payout will be for that Gig.

Types of Gigs

SIMply Crafted will offer your Sim a variety of hand-crafted Gigs. Paywise, Gigs can range from a hundred Simoleons to a few thousand Simoleons. New Gigs are added at 9 am every Sim day so there is always plenty to choose from.

Here are a few examples of some of the Gigs your Sims can choose as a Freelance Crafter.

Gig NameRequired Skill & LevelPay
Rug a dub dubFabrication Level 1$200
It's Da BombuchaJuice Fizzing Level 2$550
To Fizz or Not To FizzJuice Fizzing Level 2$250
They Forgot Something...Fabrication Level 5$700
Square Peg Square HoleFabrication Level 7$1,000
The King of CouchesFabrication Level 9$1,200

Completing Gigs & Tasks

Once you have selected a Gig, all the information that you need will be under the Career panel of the user interface. It will tell you when the Gig is due by as well as specific tasks your Sim needs to carry out in order to complete the Gig. Your Sims is usually given around four to five days to complete a gig.

If you get stuck on how to complete a task you can hover over the tasks in the career panel and it will let you know what you need to do.

Remember, your Sim does not need to wait until the due day/time to hand it in. Keep in mind that a client could reject your Sims work or even want you to make edits to the work your Sim has done. If this happens simply start the task(s) again and then hand in the Gig again.

Don’t worry if your Sims work gets rejected. Simply double-check the task(s) and try again.

However, if your Sim fails to complete a Gig on time not only can it have an effect on your Sims overall performance but will also leave your Sim with an angry client and of course they won’t have been paid.

On the other hand, if your Sim gets ahead, completes the Gig early and their work is of a high standard, there is a chance that they may get a small bonus alongside their payment for the Gig.

There are no restrictions as to how often your Sim has to pick up Gigs. It really is up to you when and how often they work. There will always be Gigs available for your Sims to choose from.

Career Rewards

Of course, no career within The Sims would be complete without a few new Career Rewards!

The Mark Of The Maker Plaque ($0) – Unlocks by maxing out the performance meter in the Freelance Career as a Freelance Crafter for the fourth time.

As well as The Mark of The Maker Plaque, your Sims can also receive increased pay and potentially new clothes when they max out the performance bar.

This new addition to the Freelance Career is definitely a welcomed addition to what we already have. There really is so much you can do and explore as a Freelance Crafter and that isn’t just limited to the career but throughout the game overall. Not only that, but the new career also adds even more variety and flexibility to your Sims everyday lives without having to leave their house.

Don’t forget you can read all about becoming a Freelance Writer, Programmer or Digital Artist here and the Freelance Fashion Photographer here.

Let us know what you think of the new Freelance Crafter Career and even what trades you would love to see hopefully added to the career in the future.

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Krista

Hey, I'm Krista! Long time Simmer and Sims Community Staff. You'll find me knitting a collection of Lil' Grim's because why not?

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  • Is there a major in University that helps with the Freelance Crafter? I know that the Computer Science helps Freelance Programmers, Fine Arts helps both Digital Artists and Fashion Photographer’s, and Language and Literature helps Freelance Writers.

  • Hey do you have any advice on how to fix the bug as my sim isn’t being paid for completing their gigs and the gig won’t disappear the only way to get it to go is to cancel it which decreases work Performance