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If you’re looking to start out as a freelance graphic designer, follow this guide to help you on the path to success:


[1] PREPARATION

When to Start Freelancing

Tools of the Trade (Graphic Design)

Tools of the Trade (Business)

A Quick MyPaint Guide


[2] CREATING YOUR PORTFOLIO

Building Your Portfolio

Setting Up Your Portfolio Site

PORTFOLIO ON A BUDGET

Imgur

Blogger

WordPress

Tumblr

WEB HOSTING

SiteGround

Looking at Your Site Design


[3] STARTING OUT

Planning for Success

Pricing Your Services

Payment Matters

Defining Your Target Market

Getting Your First Client

Creating a Conducive Workspace


[4] WAYS TO MAKE MONEY

Finding Success on Reddit

Selling Your First Gig on Fiverr

Is 99designs Even Worth Considering?

PASSIVE INCOME

Redbubble

LogoGround

Displate

Design by Humans

Teepublic

BrandCrowd

CafePress

Threadless

Crated

Society6


[5] THE DESIGN PROCESS

Kickstarting Your Design Process

A Typical Design Process

Writing the Design Brief

Creating an Effective Mood Board


[6] ACHIEVING SUCCESS AS A FREELANCER

Avoiding Bad Clients

Overcoming Uncertainty as a Freelancer

Taking a Break From Freelancing

Keeping Up with Design Trends

How to Avoid Procrastination

Managing Client Feedback

Building Self-Worth as a Graphic Designer

Establishing Your Creative Network

Embracing a Frugal Lifestyle

Providing Good Client Service