A home office is essential if you plan on running your graphic design business for any length of time. Sure the kitchen table can make due in a pinch, but if you’re serious about your business you will want to carve out a bit of that home real estate and claim it as your own.
Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others. It’s the capacity to be aware of, control, and express your emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.
As a designer, you will receive criticism on your work. How you deal with that criticism will determine what kind of designer you are.
Your goal as a designer is to turn all your clients into repeat clients. But you can’t do that unless you build a relationship with them. After all, clients would much rather deal with a good designer they like, than a great designer they don’t like.
As a designer, you are also a problem solver. Your job is not to do what the client asks without question, but to question what the client asks.
What you should charge as your hourly design rate is an often debated topic amongst designers. Everybody seems to have their own opinion as to how to calculate what you should charge. I guess I’m no different because on this episode of the Resourceful Designer podcast I do just that. I give you my opinion of how you may want to choose your hourly design rate.