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.
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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.
As a freelance graphic designer you are considered self-employed and have to take up the challenges of working for yourself. It also means you are basically exchanging time for money, with income based on when a client decides to hire your services — which is a scary prospect, especially if you are used to the […]
You have built your portfolio and set up your site. Now it’s time to move on to site design. While your portfolio site has to look good and function well, its main purpose should be to convert prospects into clients. In other words, every design decision, from color to type, has to lead users to […]
You are spoiled for choice when it comes to setting up your portfolio site. With so many services to choose from, it comes down to your budget, the time and effort you are willing to invest, and how professional you want to portray your brand. Let’s take a look at some of the more popular […]
Building your portfolio takes time and effort. It’s especially hard when you are starting out, since you have yet to land your first client and don’t have any previous work to show. Even so, there are a few ways you can create an outstanding portfolio that will impress future clients. Who knows, you might even […]
You took time to master the fundamentals of graphic design. You also recognized the need for preparation and have developed a good plan of action. Now it’s time to kickstart your career as a freelance graphic designer. Your first order of business — creating a great portfolio.
Being a freelance graphic designer is not just about creating quality designs — you also need to take care of the business side of things, such as accounting, time tracking and communication. Such tasks will require a lot of your attention, but they are necessary to keep your business running as smoothly as possible.