Starting a freelance graphic design business is an exciting prospect. You get to be your own boss, set your own schedule, and work on all kinds of exciting creative projects.
However, figuring out how to start is by far the most challenging part for any designer who hasn’t run their own business before, let alone taken on any freelance graphic design jobs yet. To help set you up for success, we’re sharing a complete checklist of all the things you need to do and consider when starting your freelance design business from the ground up.
Before you can start your freelance graphic design business, you need to define what that business will look like. Will you be a generalist or specialist? Work with a particular industry or type of client? Take on big projects or only small ones? Work alone or with other freelancers?
There’s a lot to consider before you start looking for freelance graphic design jobs. But without a clear definition of what your business will be, you may get bogged down by all of the other decisions you need to make to get started. Here are a few questions to ask yourself: