Are you aiming to be a Designer?

With the digital age and the opportunities available for an online career in designing, websites, graphics or other web applications more and more people are opting for this position. The best part of this job is that you are your own boss if you are freelancing. Of course, there are several pros and also several cons of this job. First let’s have a look at those.

The pros are that you are your own boss. You get to set up your own hours. And it can be very rewarding and lucrative if you handle it correctly but there are also a few cons.

Freelancing

As a freelance designer you need to remember some points. For example, as your own boss you need to be very organized and responsible. If you aren’t a responsible and well organized person it probably won’t work well for you to be your own boss.  You will need to go out and find work for yourself. You will need to cost the work and work out how long it is going to take you. You will also need to be able to do all the tasks yourself, unless you join up with a freelance team.

You need to understand the technical aspect of your task properly. You need to be able to design and co-ordinate a webpage. You will need to understand Xhtml, html, php, Javascript and mysql among others. The main thing is when you are working alone all of these items will fall on you. There won’t be anyone to help you.

Basics are Important

Once you have learn your basics and practiced for a while, usually on yourself or friends, and are confident enough to venture forth and use your skills you will need to have some of your designs available to be viewed on line. You will need to set up your own website and have links to the sites that you have created as exampled of your work. You need to have everything in place from favicon to the way of contacting you. You need to set up your portfolio, and this needs to be the very best work you have ever created. While designing your portfolio don’t get carried away make sure to keep it clean and simple.

This is the first stage of setting up as a designer. Now you need to market your skills. If you have one particular aspect of the design process you would like to concentrate on you would probably do better to connect with a group of other web developers and create a team.

Be Social

In colleges you can usually find team mates among your fellow students. And if you are a but introvert and find interaction a bit harder but places like twitter and Facebook as well as other social networks can really help. Failure to find suitable people here means you need to look further and maybe set up your own team. This will require some capital as you will be expected to finance the business. There are a few ways you can find people to work for you like using agencies that offer freelance jobs. There are a number of these available, but you need to be careful as there are a large number of scams among them. You need to be very discerning to choose both people and jobs you do.

Stay Focused

An online job means you are competing with the rest of the world and depending on where you live, your cost of living might not make it possible for you to compete well in the start. However, this will make you more experienced and more experience means better chances you’ll have in the future. So buckle up your designer belt and start designing some awesome sites.
Are you thinking of joining the designer community or have some tips for the beginners. Do comment and share your thoughts.

 

One comment

  1. Very true I totally agree with you as being a designer is not easy.

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