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5 Freelancing Hacks for Designers

Are you a designer who wishes to enter the world of freelancing but does not know what to do? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these hacks that will help you master the art of freelancing in no time! 

1. Do your research

Educate yourself on the different kinds of domains, servers, and hosting plans that exist, as well as how to set up and use them. Moreover, learn about the demands and requirements of clients in the marketplace and hone your skills accordingly. Once you figure out the dynamics of the freelancing world, navigating your way through it will become a lot easier. 

2. Create a portfolio

I cannot stress the importance of this hack enough. It is extremely important to create a portfolio to showcase your expertise and skills. Nowadays it’s difficult to get hired by clients without having to show some work you’ve previously done. A portfolio allows clients to see what you have to offer and adds credibility to your job role as a designer. If you don’t know how or where to create one, Canva is here to save your life! 

3. Set up profiles on social media platforms

 

Another crucial step to conquering the world of freelancing is to set up profiles on design websites. There are many sites you can displayyour work on such as Behance, Dribble, Pinterest, DeviantArt, and more. This will increase your chances of finding clients and moreover if you produce quality work, you can receive reviews that will increase your market value and reputation as a designer. 

4. Post your work on a blog

This might not seem like a step much different from the previous one; however, it will greatly help you in your freelancing journey. While setting up profiles on design websites helps you reach your target audience specifically, a blog may help you reach a less specific and more general audience. To further elaborate, that means people who may not be users of design websites or may be unfamiliar with design as a field at all, may stumble upon your work and be interested in it. For example, you could start a blog on Instagram and gain followers from a general audience as well. 

5. Learn how to sell your content

Learning how to put your work on sale is more than just attaching a price to it. You need to figure out what it is that clients expect from designers nowadays, what strategies do other designers use to sell their work, the selling dynamics of the platforms you choose to sell your work on and, what the minimum base prices of content sold by designers are and more. Whether you’re using Upwork, Fiverr, Freelancer, or any other freelancing website, familiarizing yourself with their dynamics will greatly help you in the long run. Remember, never exploit yourself by selling your work for less than its actual value! 

Just a word of advice for all of the newbies who might be scared of trying out freelancing due to the fear of failure, lack of knowledge, or uncertainty. A wise author once said: “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” — Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist. Don’t be afraid to take risks, and most of all, don’t be afraid to enter the world of freelancing. Good luck, you know you can do it!

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