Being a Freelance Graphic Designer


Seeing as most of my time is consumed with doing various freelance projects I thought I'd do a little post about my experience so far at being a Freelance Graphic Designer. Now, I'm not going to claim I know a huge amount as although I have done various projects over the years, it is only the past few months that I would really consider it as my profession. Why? Because I'm earning almost a full-time's wage, and now only do one day a week at my other job (as a Kitchen Associate).  It can get very tiring, especially when you end up doing 6 days a week sometimes, but honestly, for me it's been worth every minute of it and that's why I'm hoping it can continue for as long as possible.

So, a little background knowledge into why I became a freelancer, and it was a simple decision for me, it was purely to gain more experience within the Graphic Design field. The reason I needed experience was that I graduated last year with a degree in BSc Product Design, so although I have the skills I didn't have any direct experience within the field I wanted to build my career. I do have experience with the Product Design world but alas this wasn't what I wanted to do for a living anymore, so I set out to get valuable experience within the Graphic Design. 

The best way I found to gain some experience and expand my portfolio was to take on a few free projects for friends, this was how boosted my portfolio quickly with graphic based work. Doing it this way meant I didn't need to quit my job and take on an unpaid internship and filled up the rest of my spare time that I would have normally been watching TV or playing games. I then started sharing some work I had done and a few people contacted me asking for some work and they were willing to pay! 

That was how it began, through word of mouth, the best way to get any work (in my opinion) is having other people recommend you! With my new found confidence I applied for a freelance contract at a clothing company, and luckily for me I got it! I know I wouldn't have got the job if I hadn't done that little bit of freelance work as it helped boost my portfolio and my confidence which of course came across in my interview.

I soon realised I needed a new way for potential clients to contact me and that spurred me to create my very own Facebook page, check it out here: Amber FC - Graphic Designer (and give it a like too please!). This is an easy way to share my recent projects, acting like a real-time portfolio and for potential clients to contact me for work. I've also begun work on sorting all my invoices out and getting ready to sort that dreaded tax malarky out (may do another post about that if you're interested?)

So, my tips for being a Freelance Graphic Designer so far:

  1. Make sure you have an online portfolio - I use Squarespace
  2. Use your friends/family! That's the best way to start your freelance career
  3. Figure out a rate to charge people - I tend to have a high 1st hour rate, which drops for bigger projects - I also lower it if it's regular/recurring work 
  4. Don't be afraid! I took on free projects just to challenge myself and improve my skill so try your hand at anything and everything - it'll be worth it trust me!
  5. As soon as you start getting several projects create an invoice to keep on top of everything - I have a folder where I put all my printed invoices - and I mark them with 'PAID' post-it notes once I have received the money - this allows me to keep track on who's paid and who hasn't
  6. Share, share SHARE! Don't spam your friends/family, but make sure they know about your page and get them to share it on, it'll help get your work out there and build your client base
I plan on doing some more posts in the future based around my freelance work and if you have any questions drop me a comment and hopefully I can answer them / tackle them in my next post on the topic!

Oh and if you personally need any graphic work, whether it's for your own blog, company, brand etc, please get in touch with me via here or my Facebook page: Amber FC - Graphic Designer

- Bambi -

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    1. Thanks Diana! Really like your blog too so I've added it to my reading list!


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