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The power of a good logo and actually using it on business cards, websites and such will give you that professional look which could be the extra inch needed to catch the attention of a new client. It is the most fair thing to yourself, your existing client and the new ones that knock on your door. Worst case scenario is saying yes to too many and it having consequences for existing clients.
You always want to make sure you have enough time to give your current clients the best service you can. In this Internet age that we are, having a website of your own can mean a whole lot. Not only does it make you look more professional but it is also a gateway to new clients.
Do you already have a website or blog? Updating regularly will require an hour of your time every now and then but can pay back multiple times rewarding you with new clients. Giving something extra to the visitors on your website always is a good thing.
If you work as a designer you can for example consider putting up some free textures or buttons. This will give your site more visitors and potentially more clients for you. Or how about offering every visitor a percentage off on their first order with you? Again, this could be the extra thing needed to stand out to new clients.
Social media is where many relationships are made these days. No matter which country you live in, using social media can connect you to potential clients and partners all over the world. Twitter is a must, and you should consider Facebook and also forums related to your business.
If you are a designer consider having a look at deviantArt and YouTube as well. In several of these media you can advertise for your own business as long as you make sure to not spam it too much. Having allies can mean everything. Connecting with people through social media or even spreading the word of your business through friends and family can get you just that word out there that you need.
One day you are the one sending a client to an ally that can offer a more suitable service in that case, the next day you could be the one having clients sent your way. Even though your business may go really well, there can and probably will come a bad month or two every now and then. Being a freelancer is being vulnerable to changes in the market. My advice would be to save up a little bit of your income each month, save it in an own savings account so that you have it as a safety buffer for when times get rough.
You sure wont regret doing that. It would be a shame if a couple of small bills would ruin everything for you in a bad month. There are many ways to be creative, to get new clients or to make better use of equipment and office space. Add a new product or service to your current list or ask friends or family if they know anyone that may be in need of your services. The options are many, all you need is to try think a bit out of the box. If the market is tight you need to do what you can to have your customers back a second and third time.
Being friendly and service minded is always a must, but what about giving them a discount the second time? Or sending them special offers of various kinds. Use your fantasy and implement these things into your business plan. Make customers want to come back and you will have the best possible chance to survive.
Giving existing customers good offers as mentioned in the previous tip is important. But remember to be service minded. If a customer feels important that will make him more loyal as well. Use positive language when you talk or write to him. And remember to let him know that feedback is appreciated.
That way you can keep making your services more and more attractive and get happier clients. If you have decided to work from lets say 8am to 4pm every day, then do so. If you have errands to run, private mail accounts to check, private phone calls to make and so on, these will quickly eat of your much-needed work time. Make a promise to yourself to only do this when you are not supposed to work, as in before or after work or during your lunch break. Just as important as actually working when you are at work, is starting when you should and stopping when you should.
You may have to prepare yourself for working extra hours every now and then to keep your business alive, but it is very important that you have free time too. You need to recover and get your mind filled with other things or you will get burned out and ruin things for yourself.
The more hours you work at once, the less productive you get. So remember to follow your own rules on when to start and stop the day at work. Keeping your finances tidy probably sounds easy, and it can be — as long as you keep an eye on them regularly. No matter how small a business you are running you will run into trouble if you only spend time on billing and accounting once or twice a year. Set up dates for when you pay your bills, when you send out invoices to clients and to make monthly budgets.
Not only will this make it easier for you throughout the whole year but you will be able to fix errors quicker, do adjustments if needed and so on. Breathe you say? Yes ; And by breathing I mean that you need to take care of yourself. You may be freelancing using a computer or two, a camera or other tools, — but the most important tool will always be yourself. Remember to continue to spend time on your hobbies, friends and family even if you have a busy work schedule.
Book some of your meetings somewhere else, meet business partners for lunch, or spend an hour or two working from a library or coffee shop with your laptop if you can. Rough days come and rough days go. Simple as it may sound, having something around you to remind you of why you are working this hard can be what you need to get some extra energy on that one difficult day.
Make your own inspirational string! Add a picture of your kids, of the vacation spot you are saving to go to, or maybe a car you hope to be able to buy. Add some of your favorite inspirational quotes or pictures, whatever inspires you really. And there you go, your own inspirational string! Taking a look at it when you are close to giving up or when a day is extra stressful can work wonders for you.
You should give it a try :. No one is born an expert or world champion. If things go well or you feel on top of things it can be easy to get a little bit too confident, which can be bad for your reputation and bad for the quality of your work. You should always aim to be humble, listen to your clients on what they want.
Give them your professional opinion when needed but in the end it is the client that generates your paycheck. Also remember to willingly take advice from colleagues or others who have been in the market for a while. You have the logo, the website and so on and things are starting to look pretty good.
Remember to also meet clients with respect, look presentable and be polite. Remember that. And most important of all, after you have finished your project — ask the client what he thinks. Not only do you get a great chance to improve but the client also feels important. This is for many reasons. Not only can you unexpectedly run into a potential client or an existing one, but you may come up with valuable ideas when you are on the bus, on the plane or basically anywhere else.
Several times have I had amazing ideas, not had a notebook, forgotten the ideas and seen them used somewhere else a year later. Same as with the tip about learning to say no. Once you have said yes to a project you need to make sure that you take the time needed to do the best you can do. Your clients are your best references to show in the future and no one want a freelancer who leaves the work half-finished.
Feel free to leave your own tips or feedback using the comments, and good luck in the world of freelancers! We have mentioned in the beginning, now let us take a look at, what do you need to know to double your design rates. If you will get this story and article right, your freelance design rates and happiness levels will skyrocket.
Clients will pay you for the results you deliver. Every time someone walks around the house would make loud creaking sounds which irritated this man a lot. At first, he tried fixing it himself by rearranging the furniture. Then, he called the guys who made his floor and had them take it apart and put it back. The carpenter walked around the house for a few minutes and listened carefully to the creaking sound that came from the floor.
Then, he took a tiny little nail and hammered it between two sections of the parquet. Think about how you can deliver better results to your client. The hours you spend designing a website for someone are the hours of Your Life that you can never get back. So when you sell a part of your life to someone, you want to sell it at the highest price possible.
And the lessons you learn when applying this knowledge. If you understand the goals and the pains of your clients and you have enough knowledge to address them like no one else, you can charge a lot higher rates for your freelance design work. Just like the carpenter from my story. Think how to add more value to your service and your client. You can easily persuade a person to pay you 2x more if you explain him that with your design he will easily return that money in a few days.
Expensive designers create what the client needs. You have to familiarize yourself with all the ins and outs of the business your client intends to put online and create a perfect website that will give your client the results he needs. You, as a web designer, should study some psychological principles and conversion optimization best practices to make sure your design is perfect for achieving the business goal that it was built for. Predict where people will look and ensure design converts.
Then, you might want to become a regular reader of ConversionXL blog , because they are one of the best resources on CRO so far. Today a website can be just about anything: a social network, an online community, a blogging platform, a web tool, a crowdfunding platform, etc.
New start-ups emerge every single day and there is a learning curve to every one of them. If that curve feels comfortable, people will stick. That is why the vast majority of websites has the navigation menu at the top of every page. Read more about common navigation menu mistakes at KissMetrics article. This means that some knowledge about responsive design will instantly make you a more expensive web designer. Did you know that the optimal width of text content is about pixels or characters per line?
That number comes from research by Mary C. To me, this looks like a perfect bit of knowledge to impress your clients and ask more for your design work. All of that makes the website more readable, and people stick longer and convert better.
I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. I hope you resonate my idea that becoming more knowledgeable in your field is a perfect way to earn more money and be able to increase your freelance design rates while cutting your working hours. For example one way to leverage your knowledge is by learning to use better tools , so you can work faster.
In this section I aim to give you some tips on how to be able to work better, undisturbed by everything that is going on around you. Depending on what you work with it may some times be a big advance to be able to work without the interruption from Facebook, e-mail, texts, TV, radio or other things. The good thing is that you can set your own work hours, but it requires a lot of discipline to work out.
My hottest tip on this subject is to make yourself an hour-to-hour timetable for every day. I use the first hour of every Monday to plan the rest of the week. That way it is a lot easier to get a full overview of what needs to be done. Looking into some sort of time management application can be very beneficial aswell.
The more unneccessary applications you have open at one time, the bigger chance it is to lose quite a lot of time to that during the day. If you must check them during the work hours, at least make sure to do it at set time.
Same with e-mails and phone calls where you can do certain adjustments too. Unless you for some reason work better when you have the TV or radio on, you should just turn it off before you start working. Some people work best with the radio on in the background, but be careful. Try radio stations that only play music, iTunes, Spotify or Antenna.
Once you start getting a few mails directed from your website, ongoing projects and so on, you will see that it can quickly take your mind off what you were doing in the first place. If you decide to look through and answer these one or two times during the day, you will soon feel that your workflow gets a lot better real quick. Same goes for Facebook and Twitter messages, along with other kinds of social media. Decide when you can reply to these and do it that way. Food is important to be able to work well.
The breakfast is the most important meal of the day — always take the time to eat properly in the morning. Having a set time for lunch as well, is a good thing for both your body and brain. Keep private errands away from your work schedule. You would be surprised if you realized how quickly a little private mail, phone call or errand eats quickly of your work time.
Decide that you will leave everything that is not work related until the afternoon when your day at work is over. If you sit more or less all day in front of the computer, you have to take a look at your surroundings to make sure you get the work done the best way possible.
Remember to get up off your chair for at least a few minutes every hour or so to get your blood flow going. If you write a lot, I would recommend a program like jdarkroom where the program can be used in full-screen to not let you be disturbed by other programs or system messages that may pop up. Set as many programs as possible to work in full-screen as it can really boost your workflow.
The same goes for tagging files you import from your camera or elsewhere. By doing things in bulks you get way more efficient. Instead of getting your workflow disturbed by uploading or tagging one thing at the time you will get more done in less time, and keep those tasks from interrupting other parts of your work.
Picture by Leslie Watts. Set up some rules for when you can be disturbed and not. Keep the door closed if possible. Try to stick to your plans no matter what. Picture by Zsuzsanna Kilian. Those were my tips on how to be able to work undisturbed. Most of these things are very logical but easy to forget in the heat of the moment. I hope you found this useful to you in your situation and invite you to share your own tips and feedback in the comments.
How to keep your deadlines? If you work from a home office as a freelancer, deadlines can be challenging to keep unless you prepare well. Having failed many times due to various reasons I decided to make a recipe on how to be able to keep deadlines. Setting the deadlines too short is the first and most common mistake to make. My rule is to always set a day or two extra compared to what you first think.
That way you always have room if something unexpected comes up. If you are finishing earlier it will be a positive bonus for both you and the client. This is to be able to get everything that should be in the project included and avoid last-minute crisis. This way you will end up with what the customer wants instead of getting longer and longer away from his goal. Put it on a sticky note, make a reminder on your computer, put it in business plans and time management applications.
The fact that you actually care about the deadlines is a very important one, so make sure you get them written down multiple places. I plan each week in the beginning of the week to make sure I get the needed hours to work on all the projects I have to get done. The end result will be better if you have good time, compared to sitting up all night that very last night to get something finished.
You should make an overview of all the current projects you work on and divide them into weeks and days. This way you keep track of both the bigger view and the details. Be as strict to yourself as you would be to any other employee. Being a bit hard on yourself both considering quality and being able to keep the deadlines is not a bad thing. Just remember to pat yourself on the back when you do well.
Set up checkpoints along the way. Once you get a handful of different projects going on at the same time you, will find this very useful. Set specific dates for where to start and stop on the smaller parts of the projects. Have specific dates set to evaluate and finish each part. A list of goals within a project is a great way to follow the progress along the way as in mentioned in 4. To be able to do this well you should consider getting some sort of time management application.
Have a look around at which ones are available for your operating system. The apps come for all platforms, including some phones aswell. Focusing on one thing will make it easier, have you work more efficient and keep the timeline. If you have available hours at slow or dry times, you can use this in the advance of this project. Beating a deadline can impress clients a lot and even leave you feeling better and more confident.
Picture by Svilen Milev. To avoid having to do a lot of extra work in the last-minute, you should aim to have a very clear definition with the client on what the project involves. Make sure to have a written agreement where you get as specific as possible on what exactly should be done by you to make the client satisfied.
This can eventually be what breaks your deadline. This way you can avoid many problems and save your reputation. We can all do mistakes and things can occur along the way, so most likely your client will understand it if you are being honest. That way you can try to work with the client on making optional solutions. Also make sure that when you first set a deadline and land a deal with the client, you specifically mention that unplanned things can occur which may cause delays. Picture by Miamiamia.
If you have ended up a bit behind schedule, you need to be prepared to do some extra work to make up for it. This means that sometimes you may be having to work extra hours late or during weekends and holidays. This is what life as a freelancer is like. If this happens often you have to look through your routines and workflow to adjust them better.
Another tip on this point is that instead of working an hour or two later it can of course be a better plan for some of us to instead start earlier in the morning. Some of us work more efficient in the mornings. To prevent this it can sometimes be necessary to hire other people to help you out on some parts of the project. Remember to always be realistic in the planning. Sometimes you may just have to do what is needed and paying someone else to help on certain tasks can be necessary.
Picture by Ilco. You get better from experience, so remember the importance of evaluating after each project. I hope you found these tips useful! Please feel free to leave your own tips in the comments section along with whichever feedback you may have. In the next section we will see how quickly the perception of web design is changing in the bigger picture.
It is quite easy to see that a web professional fits into the technology sector of STEM, but is that all there is to the web profession and STEM relationship? To think that the web professional industry, including graphic design, is just a subcategory is the worst assumption anyone could make.
Those that have chosen to be a part of the web industry as a profession are doing quite a lot more for STEM, and future entrants into the workforce, than is shown on the surface. However, lets take a deeper look at STEM and why you as a web professional should be more aware of it. This is more so evident when looking at the top developed nations, and those that are underdeveloped. Despite this importance, STEM careers are still not gaining any popularity with the majority of youths today.
Well, thanks to the web industry that awful assumption that clearly belongs back in the 80s is slowly changing. STEM at a first glance, is clearly not the first choice for someone looking for a career with some creative space.
However, that is exactly what the web professional industry brings to the table. As web professionals, we use a unique combination of high level computer savvy and creativity everyday in our work life. Of course that happy career would be minus the typical work related client stress of the typical freelancer, but I digress. Honestly, how long is anything really current in our industry? The minute something comes out, there is already a group of people either trying to push it to new levels or trying to create the next trend.
However, by no means is that a bad aspect to the web industry. The majority of professionals in our field are either freelancers, aspiring to be freelancers once they build a good enough client base and experience, or want to start-up their own big time agency. I wake up excited about continuing to grow in this rapidly-evolving industry. She has a degree in business but chose to ignore the corporate world and pursue her passion, design, instead.
Art, illustration, web design, graphic design, photography, typography, printing, advertising — how can I choose just one? My name is Meg. My goal is to fill the world with my creations, and make people happy in the process. What do you say?
That means I make websites both beautiful and easy to use—I can make a lot of amorphous content look clean and easy to understand. I Design. I love creating logos and wacky characters the most. I also write design related articles for other websites and blogs. I draw, photograph, cut, print, code, and create a variety of designed things for myself and others. I also make apps for fun and write a blog. Art and bikes are two of my favorite things.
I love the hidden symbolism and meanings behind common objects and everyday things, and oftentimes, that fascination will play a role in my design and illustration. Born and raised in The Netherlands. Started to discover the world of webdesign when I was 12 and I felt in love. Over the years I have worked for and with several different web-design companies.
A beautiful interface makes me happy! Never defined by a place or a thing, she always aims to try and be a master of all trades, a jack of none. After high school, this love of creating lead me in various directions which included becoming a tattoo artist, hair-stylist, and painter.
As soon as I was introduced to the world of digital graphics however, I fell in love. With an ultimate passion for website design and development, branding and advertising material. Full of personality. A good communicator. And — more. I love my job. I come from a small town in Ireland called Carlow, but found a place to call home in U. Her artwork combines her love of nature, animals, music and patterns. Born and raised in Chicago, Susie now happily spends her time painting, drawing, crafting and tending to her pet finches and cat in San Diego, CA.
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But, eventually I did it and I am so glad I did. Now one of the benefits of permanent employment is that all your administration and finances are pretty much taken care of for you. You will need to submit invoices, fill out timesheets and self assessments, work with an accountant and deal with your own taxes. All this requires your attention, takes time and you will need to keep on top of it. It also helps if you have a website where you can showcase your work, so you need to be able to manage this and keep it updated.
Being freelance is essentially like running your own small business, where you are the brand. This is one of the perks of working with design recruitment agencies compared to solo freelance. There is a LOT more admin when working a a solo freelancer. Now this is a question I asked myself over and over for months before I actually went freelance. Thankfully today there are a wide variety of opportunities available at a variety of levels.
In the beginning you will need to be confident and believe in your abilities. There may be naysayers and you may you will doubt yourself, but believe in your abilities and your work. If you are relatively junior with not much experience, there are still opportunities available.
My advice is to talk to design recruitment agencies in your area. This is an excellent resource for feedback. Typically design recruitment agencies will get you in for an interview when you first register with them. Here an agent will give you some honest and genuine feedback that can help guide you on the industry and prospects available for you. So to answer this question more accurately, I called up a few of my recruitment agencies and spoke to some creative recruiters to get their professional insights.
When clients look at prospective designers, they do take into account experience, but they will mainly be looking at your portfolio. A CV may or may not appear to qualify you on paper. A client, company or studio will have a particular job in mind and will be looking at your potential to carry it out. Now as a freelancer, you will be hired based on your expertise, so you will need to demonstrate this in your portfolio.
When put forward for a freelance contract, the client, company or studio will be looking for specific qualities and commercial experience in the designer who will undertake the job. Your portfolio will need to be tailored to exactly what you want to do or what is expected on a contract. It cannot be too broad. For senior roles you will need a more refined and specialist portfolio. Deadlines can be tight and expectations will be high. One of the trade offs for the flexible freelance lifestyle is the pressure you will be under to deliver to deadlines and to a high standard.
You will need to be able to work under pressure, as there is no avoiding this one. As mentioned earlier, many people choose not to go freelance for fear of not finding work or earning money. The financial benefits of freelance can take months, or even years, to emerge. There are no guarantees with freelance; there will be busy periods and there will be quiet periods.
This is a reality that you cannot avoid. This could mean staying in your permanent employment a while longer until you have the savings you feel comfortable with supporting you for a couple months, should you struggle for work at all. Now, if you can answer some of those questions and feel comfortable with your answers then you may just be ready to go freelance.
Or you may need to reassess the first question; why? What are your thoughts? Working on projects you care about; determining your own schedule; being your own boss. Of course, this all assumes you have some sort of background in design.
No strings attached. This article will focus on becoming a freelance graphic designer—with an emphasis on the freelance business side of things. If you want to learn how to become a freelance graphic designer who actually stays in business—instead of going back to your day job—then the absolute most important task at hand is getting your first clients.
Getting your first freelance graphic design clients will give you confidence, momentum, and traction from which you can become a freelance designer more quickly. There are a number of ways a freelance graphic designer can find their first clients, but after over a decade of working with designers on a regular basis, here are my two quickest and most effective ways a freelance designer can find clients:.
There are hundreds of freelance job sites out there where you can find freelance design work. Finding a few low-hanging-fruit jobs will get you started on your path to becoming a freelance graphic designer. Sites like Fiverr will offer some low-pay quick wins although not a great long-term strategy and marketplaces like Upwork add in a bit more stability.
Instead of blasting social media posts into the void, strategically think through friends or relatives you have that might know someone who has need of a freelance graphic designer. Connect with them using a customized, personalized outreach email and ask them to start putting feelers out there. This is important to tackle fairly early on because, for most freelance graphic designers, word of mouth proves extremely important.
Many freelancers debate whether you should use your own name or a business name. If your goal in becoming a freelance graphic designer is to stay a one-person business forever, then use your own name as the company name. But if you ever want to grow your freelance business to be bigger than just you, you may want to consider coming up with a name for your design business. If you need more help on coming up with the right business name, you might also want to take a look at our business name-generating workbook here.
The most in-depth piece and most helpful, in my opinion is this one:. Have a quick read and then come back here to finish out learning how to become a freelance designer. The next critical step on your journey to learn how to become a freelance graphic designer is to make your current clients very happy. If you do a good job the first time more than good, really your client is far more likely to hire you a second time. You might even be able to convert your one-time client into regular, recurring revenue.
More on that below. That means learning how to write an invoice , sending proposals to your clients, working with contracts at times, and lots more. While you can do the bare minimum Google Docs or similar when first getting started, I recommend quickly finding some sort of freelancer invoicing software you can use to make your life easier. For example, my top recommendation, Freshbooks , not only helps you create professional invoices in less than 30 seconds , but also automatically follows up with any clients who forget to pay their invoices.
I can also confidently recommend Honeybook or Bonsai. And something many expert designers will tell you about becoming a freelance designer is to never compromise and always be picky about the kinds of clients you take on. In step 1, I encouraged you to find your first clients fast—giving you confidence, a bit of cash, and a good foothold on which you can become a freelance graphic designer.
Never compromise your morals. But understand that business is business. In step 1, I encouraged you to tap into your personal network to find clients. Part of learning how to become a freelance graphic designer includes learning how to work with people, meet new people, and provide value to people. His new networking technique that actually gets clients is bound to help. The truth is, on your journey to become a freelance designer, almost nothing will be more valuable than your network—including your clients, potential clients, former clients, acquaintances, former co-workers, family, and lots more.
Not to mention, one bonus side effect of building a network? It makes freelancing far less lonely. The feast-famine cycle. And it happens far too often to people striving to learn how to become a freelance graphic designer—and make it stick. No matter how much extra work you have to do; no matter how many client projects you currently have; no matter how swamped you feel; always make time to find new clients.
Dedicate a certain number of hours each week to client outreach activities such as cold-emailing, networking, or SEO. So one mission-critical task when learning how to become a freelance graphic designer is to collect your payments on-time. At first, it can feel a bit embarrassing or awkward to ask for payment from your clients. Getting paid is just part of doing business.
Tools like Freshbooks can not only send invoices, but also collect payments, remind clients their invoice is due, remind them again when they forget to pay, and take credit cards right on the invoice itself. No expensive ad campaigns. No constant cold-outreach. No pestering local businesses at a meet-and-greet. But getting automatic word-of-mouth promotion can be difficult early on in your journey learning how to become a freelance graphic designer.
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