Learn from my experience as a freelance graphic designer for the past 6 years so you get a head start over your competition
99designs is one of the world’s largest online design marketplace, connecting designers and businesses from all over the world. It also provides designers with an opportunity to earn income and build their portfolios. In fact, 99designs has paid out hundreds of millions of dollars to designers, so you can definitely see the income potential there.
If you are looking to sell shirt designs and make money in the process, be sure to check out TeePublic, a curated community of the world’s best designers.
Your portfolio site probably won’t need much resources when it comes to web hosting. As such, you can pretty much go with any web host provider that’s half decent and not have any issues. That said, SiteGround is definitely a top recommendation. The site has been around for more than a decade and garnered many […]
Reddit is one of the biggest and busiest websites. As of 2015, it had 542 million monthly visitors — a vast market for a freelance graphic designer. The site is organized by area of interest called subreddits. There are subreddits for everything, including ones where designers can find and apply for jobs.
Threadless was created in 2000 as ‘a way for all the creative minds in the world to make great art.’ It’s great for graphic designers who are interested in creating designs and earning passive income in the process. Since then Threadless has expanded from t-shirts to many other products, while introducing many features along the […]
Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator, with tons of features to help you execute your concepts and turn them into professional-grade designs. As a graphic designer you will likely be using Inkscape for a lot of your work, so it’s best to master what the program has to offer as […]
Freelancing as a graphic designer comes with many risks. You never really know when your next paycheck will come, whether it’s due to a lack of business or a project gone wrong. And with bills to pay the stress will negatively affect your well-being and productivity. Furthermore, everything is getting more expensive nowadays, made worse […]
Founded in 1999, CafePress has become one of the biggest online retailer of custom t-shirts, personalized gifts, posters & art, mugs, and much more. If you have created artwork on similar sites such as Teepublic and Design by Humans, CafePress is another place to sell them and make some passive income as a graphic designer.
In order to achieve success, it’s not only about producing good work — you also have to get the word out there about your business. As a graphic designer the act of meeting people and promoting your services might not come naturally. However, the importance of networking shouldn’t be overlooked since relationships are key to […]
Freelancing as a graphic designer is certainly not easy — the road is filled with obstacles and things will often not work out the way you expected. You might have ‘dry’ spells when projects just aren’t coming your way, or be frustrated by the feeling that you just aren’t as good as other designers out […]