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.

"Eric created our company logo, website, business cards, and mailings. He also updated my other company's website. He is very creative and a pleasure to work with from the initial consultation to the final product. He has a unique ability to make the process smooth and efficient and is willing to take as much time as necessary to answer any questions or resolve any issue that may come up. I would highly recommend Eric for any graphic design or web development work. He is simply the best!"
Joshua Nehring, Operations Manager, McCool Development Solutions, LLC

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