Graphic Design Business – Where To Start

Where to start building your Graphic Design Business, find the path to success!

Happy New Year to all of you, may the new year bring you great success in your endeavors!


Your true success in life begins only when you make the commitment to become excellent at what you do. — Brian Tracy


In this post I would like to share some ideas as to what you need to start working for yourself in your Graphic Design Business.

Graphic Design Computers

Computer Suited For Graphic Design Business – Where To Start

We discussed this topic in a previous post and I would now like to provide you with links to research and comparison shop for the computer that is best suited for your specific needs. Make a list of what you will need your computer to be able to produce such as logos, brochures, posters, videos, packaging designs, and any other graphic design projects.

  • Will you need a high-end computer?
  • Do you prefer Apple or PC?
  • Will you also be working on a drawing tablet?
  • How much RAM and Storage will you need?
  • What type of Graphics Card will suffice?

Write down the answer to each of these questions so that when you are researching you can verify that the computers you are researching meet your individual needs, you don’t want to make an uninformed choice and have to change out your system after having spent money and time to get it all set up and then find out that you can’t run certain aspects of your software. Make sure you will have enough storage for your large designs. Keep in mind that having enough RAM is very important in being able to work smoothly and quickly.

Take your list and research computers here on Amazon!h

I have selected some of my recommendations below:

Apple iMac Pro (27″ with Retina 5K Display, 3.2GHz 8-core Intel Xeon W, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD) – Space Gray

Microsoft Surface Studio 2 (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB) – Newest Version

HP ENVY 34-b010 34-inch Curved All-in-One Computer (Intel Core i7-7700T, AMD Radeon RX 460, 16GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, 256GB SSD, Windows 10), Silver

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Computer Reviews Are Coming Soon!

Please note that there are many other computers that would be sufficient for your Graphic Design Business and we will go into more of them in later posts, there are also laptops that are suited for this purpose as well. I believe that as your main computer for your business you should have a desktop computer, and a Wacom Drawing Tablet or the Microsoft Studio with drawing capabilities. Yes, I said it I do REALLY like the Microsoft Studio and it will be my gift to myself this year!

Software Suited For Graphic Design Business

Personally, I prefer Adobe Creative Cloud, which has all of their graphic design and web development software in one bundle. There are other choices for the design process. Take some time to research this aspect of your Graphic Design Business.

You can use the list making task here as well! What do you need your software to be able to produce? What deliverables can the software produce? Will your designs be universally accepted in the format that the software uses? What can the software produce? Will it meet all of your Graphic Design Business’ needs?

Take your list and research these products:

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud

Corel CorelDRAW

Corel CorelDRAW

Inkscape

Inkscape

 Graphic Design Portfolio Website

In the posts about building a Graphic Design Portfolio Website, we discussed the ways that the Portfolio can benefit your freelance career. If you have built or are building your Graphic Design Portfolio Website you can begin utilizing it to showcase and share or market your skills.

Read more about this topic here:

Using Graphic Design Portfolio Websites and Graphic Design Portfolio Websites – Part 2

Your designs are your best advertising, now you have the challenge of getting your skills in front of potential customers and or employers. First, you should have a place to direct your potential customers to! That is where your Graphic Design Portfolio Website comes into play. Be sure to check out the posts above to learn more about building your site and your audience. Remember that you can also link other websites to your portfolio for more exposure and automation when using the site integration tab.

Marketing Your Graphic Design Business


Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. – Francis of Assisi


Lets get social! You can share on your social media pages, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin etc. You can even create pages solely for the purpose of promoting yourself and your business. Just go to your account on your social media platform and look into creating a new page or create a new account for your business.

Marketing through word of mouth and paid advertising can also be great options, we will research these options further in future posts. Basically, you will be finding ways to get your name and skills out there where you can be found by your target audience.

Email campaigns are another way to reach potential customers for your Graphic Design Business. One way of doing this is to research who you would like to work with. Find companies’ in your area for local campaigns, this is an excellent way to be able to work with a customer in person. Get email addresses through contact information on the companies’ website and send emails with an introductory letter and links to your portfolio. You can also include some images in the actual email to draw attention immediately to your skills or style. With a bit of brainstorming, you can come up with a great email template!

Making Your Dreams Come True – Own Your Graphic Design Business

Whatever you do to make your dreams a reality, do it consistently and research the most efficient ways to produce the desired results. At this point in your journey, you will be doing a lot of experimentation to find your style, your market and your niche. I believe in you! You can do this in your way and become independent and successful. Keep posted for more tips and by all means please share your experience in any areas of your freelance career, that is what this blog is all about.

To Our Success,

Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

Have any Questions or Comments?

20 comments on “Graphic Design Business – Where To Start

Isobel

Wow! What an informative article! Thanks so much for narrowing down the most suitable computers and software to start a graphic designing work as it is always a pain when having to do the thorough research from scratch. 

And I do agree with you on the importance of firstly asking ourselves the questions on our own needs which will reduce much hassle instead of following the trend.

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Virginia

Thanks Isobel, yes there are so many computers available to achieve many different objectives! The computers in this post are ideally suited for a Graphic Design Business, there are other computers that are suitable and I will be posting about the more budget friendly ones very soon.

Virginia 

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Lok Which

I do use Corel draw to practice but since you said you prefer Adobe Creative Cloud,i believe you are trying to recommend what is best to us although I’m still a learner.I want to ask you that can you refer me to a site or can I get someone who can tutor me to become a professional?.

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Virginia

Hi and thanks for stopping by Graphic Spot! 

As far as learning graphic design there are many free tutorials available with an Adobe Creative Cloud membership as well as by doing a google search you can many tutorials. The main reason that I recommend Adobe is because it is an industry standard and offers so many benefits to members.

Virginia 

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Quinn

Graphic Design business where to start is a very good article. I really did enjoy this wonderful article and all the information you shared now I can start me a graphic design business I have a good start with your directions I love it. Anyone reading this article has no other choice but to be successful with all this great information you shared to get anyone started in Graphic Design. 

Thank you again for this wonderful to come I really do appreciate all the information

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Virginia

Hi Quinn thanks for the great comments! I am in the process of filling up Graphic Spot with a lot of tips and resources for Graphic Designers.

Virginia

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Florence Ki

I used to owned an advertising agency and deal a lot with designers. And I am try amazed with how fast they can create designs. I tried that but can’t seem to produce anything. Guess I am not gifted. Btw, I’ve seen many of my designers offer their services on Fiverr and Upwork. Some even managed to earn at much as a few thousands a month as full-time freelancer. Guess designers can recover the cost of equipment quicker when doing freelancing. 

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Virginia

Hi Florence thanks for visiting Graphic Spot and for your wonderful information about graphic designers that you have had experience with. Yes there is a definite market for design services on some of the freelance platforms.

I would not say that you are not gifted, your gifts just lie elsewhere, such as advertising!

Virginia

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Diane

Hi Virginia – thanks for sharing this interesting and informative article. I haven’t actually taken the first steps yet to having my own graphic design business, as I am still studying at night school. Once I am ready, I will be returning to your site for your useful advice. First on the shopping list will be a new PC. I am not a fan of apple products, so I will take a look at the Microsoft Surface Studio. All the best, Diane

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Virginia

Hi Diane, thanks for your interest in Graphic Spot. I also love the Microsoft Surface Studio!

Best of grades to you in your night school and I look forward to hearing from you again in the future, maybe you can share some of your experiences along the way.

Virgina

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Dan

Hi, I need to be able to create custom ‘featured’ images for my WordPress website.

Can you recommend any simple software/services that can help me with this?

(I’m not a graphic designer by trade – so I’m looking for a ‘newbie friendly’ option if possible).

Cheers,
Dan

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Hi Dan, thanks for stopping by. I not sure if you are talking about photo editing software or a wordpress plugin that would create a featured images section for your website.
For Photo editing I use Adobe but you can also use photoclip or some other free editing software for this especially if you are not an experienced graphic designer.
As far as wordpress plugins I would just search in your wordpress plugins section and check for high ratings on the plugin.
Virginia

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Hi, I really found your post so informative. I’m not a graphic designer but I need to learn some basics because I design and develop eLearning so the visuals are critical. I should learn adobe creative suite.

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Hi thanks for your interest. You can find a lot of training through Adobe! If I can be any help please let me know! Keep posted for more tips and resources for graphic designers.
Virginia

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Tim Bennett

Hello Virginia,

I have been working in producing events on a global scale for over 20 years and virtually all of the studios we work with work with Mac.

It just seems that Mac has a better video and graphic output.

It was nice to see you promoting Apple products as an option.

you have done an excellent job or covering the different option and there is a real plethora of equipment.

I like that you covered hardware, software and marketing all in one article.

This really gives your reader a good overall idea of what to think about.

Great job!

Tim

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Virginia

Hi Tim,

Thanks for visiting Graphic Spot! I really feel that the choice of a computer for a graphic design business should be made with the knowledge of what is required to run the software the business will be utilizing. Also personal preference will play a major role in the user’s familiarity with the operating system. 

This post was definitely a precursor to several more in depth posts on each of the topics touched on here!

Thank you,

Virginia

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charles39

hi i am not a graphic designer but that i a lot good info  you have given us i  am  looking for for one that can do design my   website  so that it can be more user friendly  tell me if i know what i’m saying  but actually you have done  wonderful job on enlighten us on those  gadgets for graphic design

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Virginia

Hi Charles thanks for visiting Graphic Spot your words are very kind! Yes it would be a good idea to have some help with your website if you are not sure how to present your content to appeal to your audience, feel free to contact me with any help you may need.

Virginia

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MMA Store-Warrior Spirit

Thank you for this great article, often it can be a problem to choose what is the right equipment for the work, but only the equipment is not enough to succeed, because of that, there are customized programs with which you can in the slightest way overcome a certain technique and improve yourself. I particularly like the sentence “Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible” Excellent job! 

Best regards,

MMA Store-Warrior Spirit

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Virginia

Thanks for visiting Graphic Spot! I agree with you on knowing all of the tools required to become a freelance graphic designer and that is why I actually created Graphic Spot. I want to provide a well rounded picture of these tools: computers and hardware. software and courses, and marketing. 

Virginia

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