How To Get Paid As a Freelance Designer While Still A Design Student
As some of you may know I am a fourth-year design student passionate with graphic design and an active freelancer. Over the past two years, I have been working while still a student. Finding a part-time or even casual job in the design industry is quite frustrating especially when at first, second or third-year students. This has made most to resort to working in a casual job or not working at all.
I will be sharing on how and where you can obtain jobs as a freelance designer while you are still a student. There is hope and I am an example that a design student can get a job in design while still studying.
As a start-up designer, there are numerous problems that hinder getting the job. The problem encountered by most design students is not yet having the skills and knowledge needed as a professional designer, dealing with clients, budgeting and time management, trying to figure out the working environment with the software and majorly developing a reputable portfolio.
Here some of the problems and their solutions
Not yet having the basic skills as a freelance designer
Being at the college or campus is one of the avenues that one acquires these skills. However, you must have the drive within you to take and extra step to learn more avoiding to be static and stand to be unique. Being active and staying informed on graphic design events, forums, ask questions, read on design and freelancing blogs and getting out there adds to the basic freelance design skills.
Offering design service on voluntary basis also provides you with experience and would guaranty you a better hand in the freelance work – I have worked on a voluntary basis as a designer, the experience has enabled me get to design work that meets the market demand and learn more about clients and meeting the deadline on the deliverable.
These as some of the things that will help your basic design skills.
Not having Computer Skills
Computer skills is essential on becoming a successful graphic designer. Most of the skills on design is acquired through tutorials, books and consistent practice. Reading adversely equip a designer with knowledge of the software and design practices. Get familiar with the computer design skills to give you a better hand when asking for experience from another professional designer or at your local design studio.
Getting to know what the industry demand also put you into per with the knowledge, the know how and skills needed. Freepik among many other open source website provides free stock source of materials for designer. This enabled me to see on how the design work are made and was able to reconstruct them and learn in the process.
Not having a reputable portfolio
Most of the job opportunity you get demand for a portfolio if not Curriculum Vitae or Resume. Becoming a designer is not something spontaneous, but it all start somewhere and is the case for all designers. Developing your portfolio while still at the university is important as it will serve you when in need of a full time job once you leave.
Building your own fictional graphic design briefs at the start is quite helpful as most firms might not mind if your portfolio items are fictional when they they are of quality.
Building Your Portfolio
Finding Graphic Design Jobs:
Not Having Knowledge About Clients and Time Management
As a graphic design having client and time management skills is important. This is crucial and experience is applicable when it comes to client and time management. The brief given during the class sessions handle they as if they are from a client and manage time in delivering. There is no way to get started than from the class brief. Inquiring on design firm to offer graphic design to better your experience is also a great kick. By working you will not be limited to learning something new all about dealing with clients, time management and the design industry.
Get Out There!
There is no other way to find job or clients than getting out there. After being equipped with knowledge and skills on design and the industry, go out and start freelancing or working at a design firm. While still at the university, start looking for clients to acquaint yourself with working with clients.
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