How To Work From Home as a Graphic Designer and Earn an Income
Are you a graphic designer wanting to work from home but don’t know how?
- Pros: Provides professionals with a choice between short-term projects, recurring projects and full-time work.
- Cons: High level of competition, hard to get jobs without feedback, Upwork fees are 5% – 20% of every project.
- Pros: User-friendly, most clients leave a tip, don’t have to bid to get clients.
- Cons: Fake reviews are rampant, takes a 20% cut from every transaction.
- Pros: Useful, quick and effective. All the ‘graphic assets’ on the platform are hand-picked by the team so clients are assured of quality content.
- Cons: The graphics sold exclusively on GraphicRiver.net cannot be sold elsewhere.
4. Envato Studio
- Pros: Easy-to-use (you can post projects in as quick as 5 minutes!), pool of experts, smooth communication.
- Cons: Fees are 30% of the published price of a service.
- Pros: A great way to experiment with new styles; winning a ‘Contest’ is definitely an ego boost.
- Cons: Working for free with only the possibility of compensation.
6. Design Bundles
- Pros: In-house tech support, access to a talent pool of ideas.
- Cons: Competitive pricing
7. Creative Market
- Pros: Create what you love, get paid over and over again, and be your own boss. No exclusivity limitation.
- Cons: Customer service; invitation-only sign-up
8. Premade Pixels
While you’re home, consider building your portfolio and working on your communication skills.Create and establish your online presence. An online portfolio is beneficial to all graphic designers, whether you’re seeking new clients or generating more business from existing clients. Using websites and social media as a tool to market yourself, showcase your projects and highlight your skills and talent will go a long way in attracting more business. If you don’t have a digital portfolio, you can make one at dribbble.com, deviantart.com or behance.com. These platforms provide you with a place to create your graphic design portfolio and add a ‘wow’ factor that will help attract more business.
- dribbble.com: Discover and connect with creative talent and designers from across the world. To join, you need to get invited by a member, who is called a ‘player’. This gives one a sense of community and exclusivity. Illustrations, animations, UI/UX design and web design is the hub of the platform’s content. Here’s a tip: Relevant tagging will ensure that your design shows up in more searches!
- behance.com: If dribbble.com gives a sneak peek at your design work, behance.com allows you to present your project in depth. You can show the progress of a project – from concept through the different stages and even create collections. Plus, it is an open platform (not by invitation).
- deviantart.com: Specifically made for art, the best part about this platform is that it encourages interaction through its ‘comment system’, the groups and the forums that you can post art in.
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