Even though most graphic designers spend most of their time on their client’s work, there are many other avenues to make money.
Today, many digital platforms offer graphic design services and other services related to the graphic arts.
How do you choose? Do you need to work with clients directly to make money?
Finding graphic design clients
Clients are the ‘be all and end all’ to any graphic designer. As a graphic designer, you need clients to survive.
Without clients, there is no work and no money. I have worked with clients for over 20 years.
At first, I was an assistant to graphic designers. They worked for agencies but there were no clients.
So I joined an agency and the next thing I knew, I was running the agency.
So if you are an aspiring designer, look for designers who are in the same position as you, either young or established.
Developing creative skills
As a graphic designer, there are many skills you need to develop to get your job done and make a living.
There is no need to reinvent the wheel, develop skills, and create your own style.
There are graphic designers all around the world who have developed their own unique styles.
This means that your own style will probably not fit in with your client’s style.
And this is why many graphic designers focus on their clients’ needs and styles.
Graphic designers don’t make enough
As you can see, many things affect how a designer makes money. It is very difficult to make money as a graphic designer.
Most of the graphic designers I know are well-established. And they make much more than most of us do.
The reason they can make much more is that they work with clients. Many graphic designers don’t make enough because they don’t make enough with their clients.
Many graphic designers are freelance or work on a contract basis. The other option is to make commissions.
Making commissions means you give work to companies that you get a percentage of their profits for doing so.
The great graphic designing mistake
When it comes to the graphic design mistake that most designers make, I believe that the biggest mistake that most designers make is not working for a living.
They get by on money from a day job. This means that they don’t have time to work on their own projects.
Investing your time and money is the best way to make money.
So why not start making money working on your projects? This is what I do.
I spend my weekends working on my own projects. I don’t even go out on the weekends.
And I still make much more money. The great part about it is that I do not have to go through the same old struggle of looking for clients.
You don’t need to work for a living
A lot of people think that they must go to work for a living. They do not see the other way to making money.
In fact, many people that do not have jobs make more money than designers who do work for a living.
Some graphic designers are afraid to make a living on their own projects.
They think that if they make a living on their own projects, then they will be all on their own and that is why they keep their day jobs.
So, how many graphic designers earn money from a day job?
Let’s look at some of the graphic design jobs that you can do while you’re at work.
Freelance graphic design jobs
Working freelance does not necessarily mean that you have to be in a large city like New York.
If you can work from home, you can be a freelancer.
And you can even work in small towns, especially if you have great communication skills and you like talking to people.
I work from home. I am not afraid of working from anywhere.
I am always up to date with the latest technology. It can be difficult to get clients.
This is the reason I made the graphic design mistake earlier in this article. Most of the graphic design companies that I see are in New York.
So when a client needs a graphic design, they are always looking for someone in New York.
They are always short on time and I have the money to offer them. But, I need them to be successful.
Some graphic design companies are not as sure about working from home
Other graphic design companies are not as positive as I am.
They think that if you’re a freelance graphic designer, you’re doing it all on your own. They see you as being a freelancer.
But you are working with their clients. Many graphic designers are afraid to do this.
I am afraid of working with other graphic designers. My coworkers are not good at communication.
Sometimes they even act like they do not know what they’re doing. But, my clients are more than willing to work with me.
They know that I know my stuff.