Could You Make It as a Design Entrepreneur?

So you may be wondering; could you really make it as a design entrepreneur? Making it as an interior designer, graphic artist, or anyone who does design work is tough. Are there tips or tricks that can make things easy?

Well, no, not really. However, you can do a number of things to increase the odds of success.

Get support from people who know what you are doing

Consider joining a community of other designers or creative professionals. Joining a few groups is even better. At least one of those groups should meet in real life. If you have the opportunity and the funds, secure space at a business incubator.

Don’t manage this undertaking without planning

Before you make the leap, make sure you have a firm handle on who your customers might be, how to reach them, and what they want. The advice to take the leap and build your wings on the way down might look great on a motivational poster, but it can be tough in real life.

Be sure to check your own strengths and weaknesses

This is a business management exercise. There will be a good deal of administrative trivia related to taxes and revenue. If you are a creative type who lives up to the stereotype of being disorganized AND bad with numbers you need to decide now what to do with that reality.

Don’t be afraid of going solo with your design and artistic talents, but do become an entrepreneur with a solid understanding of what being a business person is really like.

"I've worked with Eric on a variety of projects over the years, for several different ventures. Whether designing a website for a commercial client, organizing an education event for creative professionals, or pioneering new frontiers in SEO for the medical industry, Eric is always professional, forward-thinking, and an absolute pleasure to work with. I trust his recommendations about website best practices completely, and his design aesthetic is both innovative and universally appealing. Simply put, he's one of the best in the business."
Jeff Kent, Partner, Campfire Digital

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