8 Things Graphic Design Freelancers Should Remember

8 Things Graphic Design Freelancers Should Remember

Designing isn’t the most difficult part of a designer’s job. Anyone can be good at it if they put in the time. But schools won’t teach you a lot of things, which are essential if you want to start freelancing. 

Other than designing, there are non-designing aspects also. What really prevents most freelancers from earning a decent living from their craft is how they handle these aspects of it. 

But if you are thinking about freelancing, don’t worry. Here we are giving few tips that every freelancer must remember. 

1. Always get paid. 

Sure, there will be times that you will have to work for considerably less than you need to, or even for free. But if you find yourself constantly doing this, then you have to rethink this. 

Be sure to get a deposit before starting a project and never send the final files until the remaining balance has been paid. 

2. Know what you’re worth 

Know what your expenses are. Beyond that, it pays to have a realistic idea of how much your work might be worth to clients. Most will try to lessen your selling by bargaining but always stick to your price. 

3. Make everything clear 

Project specifications, REVISION GUIDELINES, and deadlines should be as unambiguous as possible and on a clear timeline. If you’re working within a larger team, try to learn their project management tools in a way that helps make things immediately understandable. 

4. Never start work without a written contract 

No matter how much a client complains, you’re simply not obligated to start work until both parties have formally signed a contract. The time you spend working on something you probably won’t be paid for can very well be spent on something that you will be paid for. 

5. Keep all your documents 

Save all your receipts and print out anything you buy online for tax purposes. In many countries, freelancers have to handle their own taxes, so it is necessary to save documentation of every transaction you have made. This will make things so much easier for you, whether you hire an accountant or do your taxes yourself. 

6. Organize your workspace 

Make sure you are organizing every client and project in their own clearly marked folders. And this applies to both hard-copy and soft-copy files. It’s also best to optimize your workspace to ensure you’re doing productive work. 

7. Always keep backups 

Make it a habit to back up files regularly. Hard disks are the best option as they are the cheapest at this time. Also, your laptops should always have a functioning battery in them, to prevent data loss when the power goes out. 

8. Don’t overwork yourself 

You have to allow yourself to have some “me-time.” That means you have to schedule your work. You can use productivity hacks like the classic Pomodoro technique for this. 

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