Should You Become a Freelance Graphic Designer?

Should You Become a Freelance Graphic Designer?
If you want to become a graphic designer you have to decide whether becoming a freelance graphic designer or an in-house graphic designer is the right career choice for you.

Being a freelance graphic designer means that you will have a lot freedom but also increased responsibility you may not have if you are a graphic designer working for a company.

As a freelance graphic designer you will also have to interact directly with clients and take ownership and responsibility for all aspects of your work. If you’re a more introverted or shy person this can be uncomfortable or stressful for you.

In that situation you may be better off working as a graphic designer for a company or agency rather than being a freelance graphic designer, so there is a buffer between you and clients.

There is no right or wrong answer as to being a freelancer or working as an in-house graphic designer, but you have to be self aware when deciding what graphic design career pathway is best for you in your journey.

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Starting a Graphic Design Business

Starting a Graphic Design Business is very different than being a Freelance Graphic Designer. Freelancers have to think about the Business side of Graphic Design, but they don’t necessarily have to run every aspect of the business or incorporate, deal with payroll or outsourcing.

Building a Graphic Design Business means thinking about how to sustain the business even if you don’t have Graphic Design Clients, which means diversifying revenue, having recurring income and knowing what all of your yearly expenses are.

Freelancers have more freedom where this is concerned and it is also the reason the lifestyle is more feast or famine. Running a Design Business means positioning for long term stability.

Graphic Design businesses can take many forms and may not all be service oriented.

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When Is It Okay to Use Design Templates?

When Is It Okay To Use Graphic Design Templates?
Beginning Graphic Designers often wonder if it is okay to use templates. I hear a lot of Graphic Designers with experience give some of the worst advice about this, overplaying the “value of originality” with no accounting for the context of the situation.

As a graphic designer, you should NEVER depend on templates. But using them, making your own and understanding when to use them is part of the Business of Graphic Design.

Romanticizing certain ideas instead of a focus on practicality dooms many designers in their career.

Here are some helpful templates for different graphic design needs you might have:

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Stationary and Branding Mockup: http://goo.gl/JUFU1L
After Effects Logo Reveal: http://goo.gl/OLruQ7
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