Guide to Start a Graphic Design Business
by Arina Smith Starting a Business 26 May 2021
The entry of businesses into the e-commerce landscape was a godsend for graphic designers since it meant their market will become busier even in the middle of the pandemic. Businesses will need to increase their online presence to allow them to connect with their customers. To do this, they can create eye-catching graphics to get the attention of potential customers. And this is where a graphic designer comes in.
The graphic design business is quite competitive. So, it is challenging to enter the industry, especially if you have no experience. But if you have graphic design experience and want to start your own business, then you can go through the following tips to increase the chances of succeeding in the industry.
Prepare for Anything:
The first thing you need to do is to be prepared for anything. Even if you make a notable business plan, things can change quickly. For instance, no one predicted the pandemic, which affected many small businesses around the country. With this, your preparations should include having enough funds to tide your business over during lean months while you’re still building a reputation.
It’s also important for you to decide if you’re going to start a one-person business or you’re going to get a business partner to help you out. If you’re getting a business partner, make sure to have everything on paper and both of you understand your responsibilities as stakeholders of the business.
While your business partner may be a long-time friend, putting the agreement on paper allows you to avoid disagreements and hopefully keep your friendship intact in case the business does not succeed. Additionally, you should also have monthly, quarterly, and annual goals that you can use as extra motivation for your business.
When you start the graphic design business, you should start small and gradually build a name for yourself. Even if you are already working as a freelancer, many companies have yet to know you and your work. So, you should focus first on building your reputation and gradually scale up until you get bigger contracts.
You may already have a computer or laptop that you’ve been using for small graphic design projects. But if you’re going to get employees, you’ll need to get additional equipment for the business. Getting branded equipment can be costly.
But if you get computers with lower specs, they may not have the computing power to get the job done. In these instances, you may consider getting a custom-built laptop since it can provide you the computing power while staying within your budget. Once you have the budget, you can acquire more equipment that you will need for the business.
Be Patient and Persistent:
Patience and persistence are two qualities that business owners should have to increase their chances of success. If you’re a freelance graphic artist, you already understand this. And if you’re planning to start a full graphic design company, you’ll need a lot of patience and persistence.
When you start a graphic design business, you’ll likely have some doubts about yourself. But you have to continue to struggle, especially if it’s your main source of income. You should be patient and persistent in looking for clients and projects to work on.
Some projects may not be as lucrative as others. But if these projects can lead to future projects, you may want to accept them. Some projects may even lead to referrals, which is one of the things businesses look for since these referrals are similar to word-of-mouth marketing for your business where your clients promote your knowledge and skills to the people they know.
When you’re looking for projects, you shouldn’t limit your search to your immediate area. The good thing about this profession is that you can have clients from the other side of the country. You can even get clients from other countries. All you need to do is to be persistent and patient in looking for clients.
Get a Mentor:
If you are a graphic designer by heart, you may not have the skills necessary to start and manage a business. You may be well-versed in your industry, but running a business is a different ballgame altogether. Due to this, you should get a mentor who can help you with the business.
Running a graphics design business is not limited to working on the designs of the client. You also need to consider the accounting, sales, and marketing aspects of the business. Getting a suitable business mentor will allow you to work on the other aspects of the business that you may not have experience in.
Starting a graphic design business requires a lot of work. But if you take the preceding tips into considerations, you’ll have a bigger chance of succeeding in the industry.