Monday, May 2, 2011
While browsing the internet, I came across a blog called Designzzz (the title I actually found really annoying) that had a great article called "Tips and Tricks for Freelance Graphic Designers". I figured it might be good to learn some pointers, especially since the job market is tough and many of us might find ourselves doing side projects just to keep up. Actually, being a freelance artist is something I would prefer to do, however it requires a great deal of personal management. This article had some great tips about how to market yourself and how to price your work. Especially in the field of design, some people undersell themselves or get underpaid for the amount of time they spend. Although the price varies by project and client, it is important to value yourself and your time otherwise no one will. I feel like this one is personally difficult for me, because I often am afraid to ask for more than I think my work is worth; I tend to undervalue my designs. In web design it can be tricky, especially if you have to also do the coding yourself in addition to graphics, layout, writing, etc. The blog also has tips about finding and keep clients, the importance of networking, and the resources available on the internet. Also, never forget that word-of-mouth is one of the fastest and easiest ways to let people know about what you can do!