Being a freelance graphic designer can truly be liberating. Working on exciting projects that you care about; deciding your schedule; being your own employer. There is absolutely nothing better. So if you aren’t a designer right now, becoming a freelance graphic designer is going to take a lot longer because you must first learn all the trade itself before you can then learn to open a freelance graphic design business. Let me tell you though that the time it takes to learn the trade really isn’t that long at all.
It is surprising how many people do not believe that a freelance graphic designer can make money with their skills alone. This is simply not true. Any person with good skills in any given area can find freelance design jobs. One of the most common reasons that people have difficulty opening their own design business is because they have no one to hire.
It is very important for you to build up your client base because this is where the money is. Many people believe that if they want to become a freelance graphic designer. They should become a social media marketer first. If you can master at least two of the most popular social media platforms then you can get great freelance jobs from these platforms. The key to doing this is to develop your own personal network.
It is important to realize that hiring an in-house designer over the Internet is much cheaper than hiring a freelancer in-house. When you hire an in-house graphic designer, you are paying them overtime which can become quite expensive. Plus, when an in-house designer is hired, they have a bunch of other employees that they have to pay as well. By hiring a freelancer you are only paying for the project that they already have in-hand and you do not have to worry about adding on any additional costs that the freelancer may not have.
Another reason why it is cheaper to open a freelance graphic designer business on the Internet is that you can gain a lot of first clients this way. You can get your first clients by posting on freelance web sites like Elance and oDesk. These sites act as a marketplace for freelance graphic designers to bid on various projects. The bidders then choose the highest bidder and contact the designer to bid on the job. Clients may have to provide them with a couple of things such as a portfolio or a list of sample designs but they still get to see the work first before choosing who to do the design work.
You also will be able to have first clients contact you through the freelance graphic design websites. Some of these sites allow people to post their bids for free and you can contact some of these designers and schedule meetings to discuss the design work that they would like. With the introduction of the Internet, there is much less competition and it is much easier to find freelance graphic designers who are willing to take a chance on your new website.
You also need to learn to network with other freelance graphic designers to gain the best deal. One of the ways to do this is to make your website easy to navigate and includes a section where your previous work and recommendations can be listed. It is always a good idea to list all of your references so that people who have never worked with you can check out your portfolio. It is also a good idea to include testimonials from former employers on your website. Another way to attract potential clients is to mention specific projects that you have completed and ask related questions in the forms of blog comments and forum posts. It is important to provide a cohesive design portfolio that shows off your skills and offers a complete tour of your professional life.
These are just a few of the tips that can help you on your learning how to become a freelance graphic designer. When hiring a professional, make sure that he or she is experienced in a variety of media including web design as well as print. By taking these tips into consideration, you will be able to learn how to become a professional graphic designer in no time at all.