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.

"We hired Eric to help CSU-Global Campus build out a new website as our previous one had many issues. Eric listened to our needs, helped us shape the frame for what we wanted, and built it out exactly how we had hoped for. He was efficient and responsive to our needs and changes for the website but while teaching us our to help ourselves with small edits. After the successful launch of the website, we have kept Eric on board for his help in other areas because he is so knowledgeable, friendly, and quick to respond. I would highly recommend Eric to any business who has a need for web services."
Lauren Burns, Senior Vice President Marketing, Colorado State University-Global Campus

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