When a graphic designer starts their work as a freelancer, the easiest job for them is designing. Yes, although designing any new concept is always challenging, but it’s designing that makes a designer famous. So, they love doing that without thinking about anything else.
However, to be a successful designer a designing a great artworks is not enough. There are certain non-designing parts that must be taken care of in order to get success as a freelance graphic designer.
Here are those facts that every freelancer who are starting new must remember.
Know you’re worth
Yes, when you start designing you may try to design at much cheaper rates to grab the market. This is not the right technique! Know what your minimum expenses for completing a design are and then ask for your charges. Do not be deluded about your real worth and stick to the rates you ask. Many will try to take advantage of you being new, but do not care about them.
It’s better to have a written contract
In designing something may have appeal to you but your client may not have that. Thus, it’s better to discuss the requirement beforehand and make a written contract according to that before you start working on things. It’s always better to not work than working on things for what you will not get paid!
Keep all your documents
While working you may have to need various receipts and prints. It is necessary that you keep all this handy. You never know that even as a freelancer you will get that position where you need to submit all receipts or expenses. Thus, it’s necessary to be prepared from beforehand rather than not working on them.
Keep your workplace organized
Your workplace is the most important place of your work. Thus it is necessary that you just do not keep it clean but keep it organized. Make different folders for all your clients and keep them arranged so that you can get them whenever you want. You must do this to both electronic as well as physical files. An organized workplace will help you increase your productivity.
While working you must always use a good UPS or check that the battery of the laptop is in good condition. It is necessary that every design that you create must have a backup. This is necessary as you never know when a disaster may come and your hard drive may crash. Such a situation will not only create a problem for your present clients but losing designs may be harmful for your business too. Thus, make a habit of keeping backups.
This is a professional field and it is necessary that you show professionalism everywhere. Always be on time when it comes to client meetings. If you commit to submit any designs or reports to your clients then make sure that you fulfill your commitment.
Make sure that your clients also take you professionally and show professional manners to you.
Apart from designing good artworks a graphic designer must follow these norms too that will help them get successful.
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