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Graphic Design Business


Tips and advice on running a graphic design business, including writing contracts, setting hourly and flat rates, project management, marketing, and dealing with clients.
  1. Building a Portfolio
  2. Promote Your Business
  3. Organize Your Business
  1. Setting Your Rates
  2. Working With Clients
  3. The Legal Side

Building a Portfolio

A solid portfolio is an essential part of your graphic design career. It is often the first impression potential clients will get of your work, and they will use it to determine whether or not to contact you.

Promote Your Business

Once you have a portfolio ready, you will want to promote your business. There are many ways to get the word out, promote your work, and keep people coming back for more.

Organize Your Business

As your client list and project sizes grow, it is important to stay organized. Both advice and software can help you keep things in order.

Setting Your Rates

Once you start landing clients, it will be necessary to provide both flat and hourly rates for projects. This will become easier with experience, but there are ways to get a head start.

Working With Clients

Part of being a graphic designer is often being a salesperson and your own business manager. Learn how to deal with clients and manage projects.

The Legal Side

While designers focus on the creative side of the business, there is a legal side that needs to be dealt with as well. Protect yourself and your work by understanding copyright and other legal issues.

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