There are a lot of ways to make money doing graphic design work, both for yourself to sell online and for clients – photo editing, posters, canvas, logos, ebook covers, Kindle book covers, CreateSpace book covers, website headers, ad banners, Facebook timeline headers, greeting cards, business cards, T-shirt designs, product mockups. And these are just the tip of the iceburg!
You can sell your graphic design services, creating designs for customers and getting paid for your work. Your clients hire a graphic designer for two main reasons – they’re busy and don’t have time to create designs themselves or they have no idea how to make the designs they need and want. This is where you come in by offering them graphic design services.
You can sell your own graphic design work online. Sites such as Amazon’s CreateSpace (coloring books, for example), Etsy, Zazzle, TeeSpring, and TeeChip are just a few places to use.
If you already know how to use Photoshop and/or Illustrator, you’re already ahead of the game. You’re familiar with the software and just need to get the word out that you’re doing graphic design work and taking on clients or start creating designs and uploading them to the sites mentioned previously.
If you’re going to sell your graphic design services, post samples of your work on your website and let potential clients see what you can do. Once you have clients, post samples of work done for them to your website also. This will help you get even more business.
Ideally, you want Adobe Creative Cloud so that you’re software is up to date. Having up to date software isn’t necessary to do graphic design work, but I highly recommend it simply because it’s just that – up to date. With Adobe Creative Cloud, there are no more newer versions coming out to buy. You just update CC when new updates are available without losing any settings or anything. Simple and easy!
Here’s an example just to give you an idea of the kind of money you can make as a graphic designer freelancer – you can charge anywhere from $40 to upwards of $500 (or more!) for a single book cover. If you’re really good at what you do, set your prices to reflect it. If you want more money faster, set a lower price and get more clients. Setting your prices higher will get clients that can afford you, but also might get you less business. Even at just $40 a cover, 10 covers a week makes you $400. Imagine if your price is more than just $40 per cover!
There are a lot of Photoshop actions you can use for Photoshop that help create special effects as you create designs. A Photoshop action is just a recording of what’s done as a design is being made and then saving it into a file to use later. When using the action later, all the things done to make it are done automatically instead of having to do it all manually. Photoshop actions save a lot of time. They’re quite handy and helpful when creating designs with Photoshop.
Before starting your freelance graphic designer business, it’s a good idea to decide what services you’ll be offering and set prices for those services. Knowing services and rates ahead of time will save a lot of possible confusion and misunderstandings later on. One thing to remember when setting prices – don’t sell yourself short. If you’re new to Photoshop and are learning as you go, set your prices lower. As you gain knowledge and experience, raise your prices to reflect that.
You can make money selling your graphic designs and graphic design services. There’s always someone wanting something and you can be the one to provide them with the designs they want.