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Considerations When Starting A Graphic Design Business.Starting a graphic design business is a big step in your design career and not one to take lightly. There are many things to consider before jumping in with both feet. In this episode of Resourceful Designer, I go over several topics that you may want to consider before, during and after you've started your graphic design business.
Things to Consider…
Before Starting A Graphic Design Business
- Do you want to work in a specific niche of graphic design?
- Do you want to work from home or have an office away from the house?
- What type of business do you want to start (Incorporated, Sole proprietor)?
- Do you have enough savings to invest in a new business?
- How will you deal with friends and family looking for designs from you?
- How will you name your business?
While Starting A Graphic Design Business
- What type of computer will you use?
- Will you use your home address for your business?
- What will your working hours be?
- What will your rates be?
- What phone number will you use for your business?
- How will you communicate with your graphic design clients?
- How will you accept payment from your graphic design clients?
- You need to acquaint yourself with your bank, accountant and layer.
- How will you handle requests for pro-bono work?
After Starting A Graphic Design Business
- You will need to market your business any way you can.
- You must join clubs and business groups in your area. Including your Chamber of Commerce.
- Contact other local designers for possible partnerships and work trade.
- Contact local printers and suppliers and try to work out discounts for bringing them work.
- You must continue your education and grow as a graphic designer.
- You must take care of yourself both physically and mentally so you don't burn out.
There are many more aspects involved when starting a graphic design business. These are just a few that I came up with that I thought I would share with you. If you can think of more that I missed, add them to the comment section at resourcefuldesigner.com/episode7
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