Start your own design business

PART 1

Preparing to go freelance and setting the right goals

Checklist for part 1:
 

  • Ask: Why do you want to start your own business?

  • Plan ahead: time, equipment and financial buffer

  • Decide on what services to offer

  • Narrow down and find a niche

  • Understand your customers

  • Set a vision for your business: what will a typical day look like?

PART 2

Registering your business, contracts, invoicing & insurance

Checklist for part 2:
 

  • Pick the right legal structure

  • Register your business (visit your government website to find out how)

  • Sign up for business insurance

  • Keep clear records of invoices, expenses and copies of receipts

  • Use an accounting software to make life easier

PART 3

How to work with clients 

Checklist for part 3:
 

  • Create a great routine - how do you want to work day to day?  

  • Write down a clear process

  • Find a project management tool that works for you. Our favorite options are:

PART 4

Portfolio and marketing

Checklist for part 4:
 

  • Have your own website, not just a social media account 

  • Describe how you add value to clients and collaborators

  • Add case studies with as much detail as possible

  • Use your existing network

  • Create accounts on 1-2 social media platforms and focus  

  • Attend in-person networking events (or online ones during COVID-19)

  • Join facebook groups to learn and network

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