Freelance graphic Design
Freelance graphic design can be very rewarding. You are your own boss, you're not stuck
in an office (at least not sitting beside that noisy guy with the weird tie), and there is
really no limit on how much you can potentially earn. But it's no walk in the park either.
Before you begin to think about becoming a freelance graphic designer, you should ask
yourself some questions and look at some facts...
Things You Will Need....
1) A Good Name. You will need to pick a good name that will help you stand out from
the rest of the competition and sounds professional. Really try avoiding the word
freelance in your name. Pick something that sounds like it's more than just a solo act.
You will most likely need to check with local authorities whether or not your name has
already been chosen. Registering a name prevents others from using this name, and
prevents you from taking others that have registered.
1) A Dedicated Place to Work. Without a doubt, you will need a place where you will
not be distracted or disturbed by the outside world. Office space is ideal, but many
freelancers can work out of their homes with success. If working from home, try and
have a whole room or even wing of the house dedicated to this business. Trying to work
while your kids are taunting you to build a Lego spaceship can be testing and distracting.
Keep this place of work clean and organized. Even if a client never sets foot in your
office, keep it clean. Don't have objects in there that will distract you. This is your place
of work. Keep it that way. Pick a large room to work from where you won't feel cramped.
Look for a large desk or something with a large surface area. Having room just enough
for your computer/office equipment isn't enough. You should have a place where you can
lay out written ideas, drawings, printouts, and more. Have a filing cabinet to keep all of
your clients information in along with other important documents and agreements. Have
your phone in a good place where you don't have to move away from your
1) A Website With Your Own Domain. A business these days without a website is
outdated. A freelance graphic design business without one should be burned to the
ground. With the huge explosion in technology and the Internet, to not have a website for
your freelance graphic design business would be business suicide. Website hosting these
days is cheap, with plenty of space and resources at your disposal. Forget the freebies like
Geocities and that kind of thing. Save those sites for playing around with ideas of your
own. Pick a reliable website host, upload your site, and keep the site updated. This is
important in conveying professionalism.
What good is a site if no one can find it? You will also need your own domain name.
Rather than having a long winded, cheap looking address provided by a free website
hosting service, register a domain name so clients can click on www.yourname.com
rather than something like http://members.icenterwebsites.net/~huebs . This kind of
address looks terrible, and shows you don't even have the patience and time to do
something as simple as this right. Domain names cost around $10 or higher a year,
depending on where you look.