Before you set out on a career as a freelance graphic artist or a freelance graphic designer, you should set a clear vision and clear goals for the types of services you want to provide to your customers, and make sure that you can provide those services. What are you good at doing? Are you great at designing logos, web design, illustration, print design, or other things? Build your business around those skills. Don’t oversell your skills – because that’s a quick way to look amateurish before your clients and prospective clients. Remember that because you work for yourself and must find freelance design jobs, you don’t get to spend all of your time as a design freelancer. You’ll have to spend some of your time looking for clients, and working to keep those clients. You’ll also have to do your own accounting and be your own receptionist, purchasing agent, and secretary. Don’t underestimate the amount of time that non-design jobs take. Also remember that although as s freelance designer, you work for yourself, you also have to now pay for your overhead, including your office, computer hardware and software, and supplies. You’ll need to remember that as a freelance designer, you’ll need to adjust to your clients’ schedules, especially if your clients are located in different time zones.
One of the first things you’ll want to do as a freelance graphic artist or freelance graphic designer is build your own portfolio. It’s your calling card and usually the first thing prospective clients will ask to see when you offer to do freelance graphic work for them. If you plan to have an online portfolio, make sure that it’s well organized and contains your best representative work. include the types of work that you like doing and show only your best examples – poor work will naturally turn clients off. If you include thumbnails of designs in your portfolio, make sure that the thumbnails lead to larger versions of the work that provide more detail. And make sure you consider presentation – bad presentation will make even great work look bad. As a freelance graphic designer, you’ll need to find your own work. Typically, when you work for a company, they’ll have sales people who will go out and find clients. But as a freelance designer, you are on your own and must find your own clients. There are a number of different strategies to find freelance design jobs. You can look for freelance design jobs on traditional online marketplaces where you’ll compete against other freelance designers for jobs. Those marketplaces typically post many jobs, but the competition is often based on price and experience, and it is very difficult for inexperienced designers, or even experienced designers from developed countries, to compete on those marketplaces against designers from India or other countries where the cost of design services is much lower than in the United States, for example.
Some of the best freelance designers and freelance graphic artists in the world work on crowdSPRING. We have a great community of freelance graphic designers and freelance graphic artists that can help you build your freelance design business. We’ve built a section of the site just for you where you can tell the world about your skills and upload your portfolio for all to see. We let you categorize your portfolio entries and let you display thumbnails, with full images available to your prospective clients. With many new projects posted every day, you can focus on what you do best – design – rather than looking for clients. You can reach clients all over the world and build your business organically. And since crowdSPRING is truly a level playing field where it’s always about the work – you won’t be judged by how fancy your offices are or where you went to school. We manage the entire billing and payment process for you and there’s never a cost – you keep 100% of the money you earn. We charge our fees to the clients on top of the money they pay you for your work. We also do something that no other marketplace does – we require escrow in every project. At the beginning of every project, the client deposits their payment into an escrow account with us. Freelancers can rest assured that the buyer is serious and has already paid their money, while the client can rest assured that they're safe until they receive the final files and they're completely happy. We’ve had buyers from 32 different countries post projects ranging from logo to website design, print to product design, illustrations, packaging design, and many more types of projects. Our unique model and design process addresses and solves many of the problems typically found when selling freelance web design services. Unlike traditional marketplaces where you have to compete against people who’ll constantly underbid you, on crowdSPRING, freelance designers and freelance design firms from around the world post actual designs, instead of bids and proposals. When a client’s project ends, they choose the one they like the best. You compete based on your talent and creativity. It’s that simple! So, if you’re a freelance graphic artist or freelance graphic designer, we’d love to have you join our great community today!