Freelance, Self-Employed

Establishing a successful freelance design practice.

Venturing off and establishing your own graphic design business is exhilarating and a tiny bit intimidating. But cutting the strings to the corporate world and being in charge is highly rewarding and very doable. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, twenty-four percent of graphic designers in 2012 were self-employed.

Being a freelance graphic designer offers an ideal work environment—the ability to work from home, time flexibility and, most importantly, autonomy.

We see why many designers want to run their own design business. But once deciding to branch off from the corporate world to be self-employed, what are the next steps?

While freelancing offers an ideal career environment, like with everything, it does offer new challenges, hurdles and its own headaches.