Coming from a self-employed background, the idea of one day becoming self-employed has always been in the back of my mind. But I can't deny that the looming idea has also caused hesitation and fear. Do I want to spend countless hours doing bookwork instead of design work? I am indeed a passionate graphic designer, I am the queen of independence, I love my own space and my own time - I love the feeling of waking up in the morning to a huge design project waiting for me. I could sit at my computer and design for hours on end. But there is much more to self-employment then the job itself. There are taxes, invoices, advertising, time management, and of course the income to worry about.
I made the decision only 3 days ago, to take the plunge and go full time as a self-employed graphic designer. This decision did not come easy, and it took time.
Of course, this decision has been 3 years in the making! I obtained my graphic arts degree, and began thinking about where to go from there over 5 years ago.
Here are the steps I took to becoming self-employed;
Tested the waters by designing for family and friends at little or no cost.
I gained industry experience by working for a publishing company.
Worked in the layout and publishing industry for a newspaper.
I learned how to communicate with clients in a professional manner.
Learned the process of concept to completion.
Experienced what works and what doesn't.
Started a website.
Started a blog.
Came up with an identity.
Came up with a business name.
Designed a logo, again, and again!
Advertised.(newspaper ad, facebook)
Advertised again. (local newspaper and web)
O.K. Advertised again. (local mailer)
I have a feeling I will be advertising again!
Organization - I have a set schedule for work hours.
Children - daycare schedule/costs
Husband - we are on the same page!
Networking some more - emailing, calling, search engines, blogs...you name it!
Price for my services.
Lots of reading and research.
Countless hours on the internet.
Designing. OF Course!
Finally, the decision was made. I was spending more time designing, than I was working at my full time job. Time to go on my own, and make it work.
Hard work and Determination. (this will be ongoing:)