How to Get Started in Freelance Graphic Design

In the United States (2006-present) approximately 25 percent of those who have earned money made an income either as a part time or full time freelance designer. Therefore, there is a need for this type of work.

However, some people are not sure how to find work in this field. They also may not know what type of education or experience is required to be employed in this field as a freelancer.

How to Gain Graphic Design Experience

The easiest way to take on graphic design experience is to simply dive in. Learn all you can about the industry-standard design software as you can and then start creating projects and displaying them on your own website. You might also think of finding jobs within your community, such as through your local church or school.

Another valuable way to gain graphic design experience is to enroll in formal classes or accredited degree program. You can gain certifications in specific types of design, such as Flash or cartoon animation. Either that or you can gain more extensive knowledge as you obtain a two-year associate degree or four-year bachelor’s degree.

Another way to gain immediate design experience is by watching free tutorials. Many of these are sponsored by professors of various online graphics courses. Other educational video tutorials regarding graphic design are offered by makers and distributors of different kinds of professional software.

How to Display Your Design Experience

Usually freelance designers will have a collection of finished graphic designs to “show off”. The designs included in this collection may be logos, banners, newsletter heads, or web page images. This collection might even include completed video editing files.

All graphics and media projects created by designers are usually presented in an attractively laid out portfolio. This portfolio can be made into a tangible form to be presented to clients face-to-face.

However, it had become more common for freelance designers to display their portfolios online for the entire world to see. People will then contact designers via e-mail or telephone when they are interested in receiving services from the designer of choice.

How to Find Freelance Design Jobs

One of the most common ways for a freelancer graphic designer to earn an income is to apply to freelance bidding sites. They can then post bids for how much they would be willing to accept for pay for a certain job.

They also may network and receive jobs word of mouth via former or current clients. Furthermore, freelance graphic designers will find jobs as potential clients contact them via a website form submission.

Freelance artists who receive the most work are those who make them selves available for as many types of projects as possible. For instance, an artist who completes drawings and art for greeting cards may also decide to complete projects in the commercial sector graphic design. This will increase the revenue of this designer.

Furthermore, a variety of different types of other jobs indirectly related to the field of design are available. This will further increase a designer’s chance of furthering a design career.

For instance, some persons with a graphics design degree may also be involved in publishing duties, or in layout design. The most experienced publishers or designers may even oversee an entire publication or design project. They usually hold titles such as editors or creative directors.

The types of companies that are looking for persons interested in design-related careers include the following: newspaper publishers, advertising agencies, television stations, greeting card companies, and print shops.

Media departments of larger companies also will be able to use a variety of different design services. These departments are located on the premises of large firms in countless fields, such as major law offices, trucking companies, and corporate headquarters.


8 Responses to “How to Get Started in Freelance Graphic Design”

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    A very informative post. This will give every aspiring graphic designer all the things they need to do when looking for a shot at doing freelance graphic design.

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