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$300
Fixed-price

Expert
Experience level

We are looking for an experienced Architect and Interior Designer to help us transform a 2000 sf flex warehouse space into a functional…

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Furniture Drawing and 3D Modeling Assistant Hourly ‐ Posted 9 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are looking for a skilled individual to assist with drawing a piece of furniture that has been designed. The task involves creating…

SketchUp 3D Rendering SketchUp 3D Design 3D Modeling Autodesk AutoCAD
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3d modeling and rendering Fixed-price ‐ Posted 8 days ago

$10
Fixed-price

Expert
Experience level

Hello, I am looking for a person who is proficient in 3D. I have a photo and I want a plan to be 3D printed for me exactly like that ph…

SketchUp Architectural Rendering 3D Rendering SketchUp 3D Modeling 3D Design Adobe Photoshop 3D Texturing
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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

The project involves redesigning and providing documentation for a modified aquaponic system to be situated within an existing greenhou…

SketchUp 3D Rendering Architectural Rendering 3D Design 3D Modeling 2D Design SketchUp Autodesk AutoCAD
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Home Cabinet and Drawer Lining Assistance Fixed-price ‐ Posted 7 days ago

$200
Fixed-price

Entry
Experience level

We are seeking a skilled individual to assist us in lining the drawers and cabinets in our home. The main responsibility will be to mea…

SketchUp Drafting 3D Modeling SketchUp 2D Design Autodesk AutoCAD
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3D Interior Design and Rendering for 4BHK Plan Fixed-price ‐ Posted 10 days ago

$150
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

We are looking for a skilled 3D designer to create detailed interior designs and renderings for a 4BHK plan. The project will also requ…

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Sketchup to U3D file Conversion Hourly ‐ Posted 9 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Expert
Experience level

We are developing a workflow for processing SKP files created with Sketchup and converting them for U3D format which are then insertetd…

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Interior Design Space Planning Hourly ‐ Posted 8 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

Need two set of blueprints with furniture placed in the main living areas to illustrate to a client the possibilities of furniture plac…

SketchUp 2D Design & Drawings Floor Plan Design 3D Rendering SketchUp
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Architect for multi-floor residential addition Fixed-price ‐ Posted 7 days ago

$300
Fixed-price

Expert
Experience level

Looking to prove out a concept for an addition which includes an expanded living room space on the main floor, a sun-room with virtuall…

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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are looking for a talented designer with architectural skills to create a stacking diagram and conceptual design for our project. Th…

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How to Become a Freelance Google SketchUp Expert

SketchUp is a highly regarded 3D modeling solution used primarily for drawing projects such as interior design, architectural design, landscape architecture, and mechanical and civil engineering. If you enjoy engaging in projects using 3D computer programs, you might have what it takes to become a freelance SketchUp expert on Upwork.

What does a freelance SketchUp expert do?

SketchUp is an intuitive 3D drawing solution available for artists and engineers to handle a variety of design projects. An expert offering their services as a freelance SketchUp expert will create 2D and 3D models for architectural design, interior design, landscaping, furniture design, and video game design. They will also create models suitable for 3D printers.

SketchUp freelancers who have mastered the program can use it to create surface renderings as well as incorporate third-party plugins from the Extension Warehouse. By doing this, a SketchUp freelancer can provide clients with accurate and meticulous designs from scratch.

What skills do I need to become a freelance SketchUp expert?

Freelance SketchUp experts should exhibit a number of skills that lend themselves to architecture, interior design, engineering, and 3D modeling for computer games. While the necessary skills for each client project may vary, there are common skills most SketchUp freelancers should offer.

Common skills a SketchUp expert should possess include:

  • Natural creativity. While SketchUp is a powerful 3D modeling tool, freelancers must exhibit natural creativity in order to get the most out of the software. This includes an ability to sketch freehand, an understanding of artistic concepts, and an eye for design.
  • Experience creating 3D models. SketchUp freelancers should have experience using one or more other 3D modeling tools, including AutoCAD, Maya, or Blender. Having a familiarity with other modeling tools will help SketchUp freelancers understand a broad range of 3D modeling concepts should projects require additional input from other software.
  • An ability to meet tight deadlines. Projects involving 3D modeling usually include tight deadlines, as they are often components of larger initiatives involving other departments. Adhering to strict deadlines while using SketchUp will result in the overall project being delivered on time.
  • Flexibility. Change occurs regularly during 3D modeling projects. This may include changes in client requirements, identifying other solutions as a result of solving a problem, and possible limitations of the software itself. No matter the issue, SketchUp freelancers must be prepared to alter direction at a moment’s notice.
  • An eye for detail. Freelancers using SketchUp must exhibit an eye for detail, as each project must adhere to requirements and fit within components being created by other departments. There can be no errors or mistakes in projects prior to submission, so each freelancer must double- and triple-check their work to ensure accuracy.
  • The ability to work under pressure. Working under pressure is the norm for projects requiring the completion of multiple 3D assignments across several departments. To ensure the overall initiative is delivered on time and within budget, freelancers must work under constant pressure in the face of tight deadlines, competing resources, and changing client requirements.
  • A capacity to work well in a team environment. Working well with other team members across multiple departments will help ensure deadlines are met and obstacles are quickly overcome. Finding solutions while collaborating with colleagues is a hallmark of a successful freelance SketchUp expert.
  • An aptitude for anticipating and solving problems. Challenges arise regularly during the creation of 3D modeling projects. A freelance SketchUp expert should be adept at identifying potential problems before they occur. In addition, they should apply solutions to either avoid such problems or quickly overcome them if they cannot be avoided.

What are the core freelance SketchUp expert job responsibilities?

While clients may ask freelance SketchUp experts to handle a variety of duties as part of their job, there are core tasks freelancers will usually be responsible for. Those responsibilities include:

  • Design suitable 3D environments for a variety of gaming situations featuring texture, lighting, and other environmental characteristics
  • Collaborate with project managers to understand and execute specific requirements for each assignment
  • Present project solutions to senior management and other stakeholders while considering feedback
  • Review completed projects and incorporate favorable concepts in new or planned assignments
  • Participate in brainstorming sessions with other team members to establish the best solution for each project
  • Review projects to ensure all potential issues have been identified and resolved prior to final submission

Should I get a degree or certification to be a freelance SketchUp expert?

In addition to developing your skills through experience working with other clients or organizations, obtaining a degree and/or professional certification can help your Upwork profile stand out. There is no official certification needed to become a freelance SketchUp expert, though SketchUp does offer a free course on its website.

Popular degrees or classes that could be helpful in becoming a freelance SketchUp expert include:

  • An associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in graphic design, animation, fine arts, or an equivalent field of study from an accredited college or university
  • SketchUp Fundamentals—offered by SketchUp

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