The Best Business Courses for Freelance Graphic Designers

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Whether you’re launching a solopreneur freelance career or scaling your branding agency, it’s essential to have solid business advice. Not the fluff that leaves you high after listening to an inspiring success story second-hand. And not the dry business books of your parents’ generation.   You need practical help to guide you through: How to…

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How to Go From Freelancer to Business Owner

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You were humming along in your design career. Maybe you were a graphic designer, a web designer, or a brand designer for a company or branding agency. You found a 9-to-5 and settled in. But “settling in” didn’t feel very good once realized you were a cog in a boring corporate machine.   So you…

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How to Get Your First Web Design Client

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If you’re a web designer thinking about launching into the freelancing world, you’re probably wondering how to find your first freelance web design client.   You know how to design websites… but do you know how to find freelance clients? Let us help you jump over this first hurdle, so you can enjoy the freedom…

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How to Find Your Niche as a Designer

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Going out on your own as a freelancer is an exciting decision. You could taste it all when you determined to try the freelance life — the freedom, the potential, the income, and the profitability possibilities!   Reality tends to knock us down a notch or two. The bills keep coming in. The clients come…

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How to Set Your Freelance Graphic Design Rates

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For freelance graphic, brand, and web designers, one of the hardest moments of starting your business usually involves determining your pricing.   You have a service, you have a freelance platform, you know your stuff… and you have a prospective client. But what should you charge them?!   Crazy thoughts go through your head. Maybe…

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12 Essential Business Tips for New Freelance Designers

We’ve learned a lot along the way, and we want to tell you our shortcuts! Yes, that’s right. Becoming a profitable freelance graphic, web, or brand designer doesn’t need to take a long time.   It can — especially if you don’t take the initiative to learn freelance business skills. And for us, it did.…

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Doubled Her Rates! How This Freelance Designer Grew Her Business

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Have you ever wondered how to start your own graphic design business? Or maybe you want to hear from real-life freelance designers and learn about their real-world business results!   Our Aventive Academy graduates have grown their freelance graphic, brand, and web design businesses — from doubling their prices, to finding their niches, to signing…

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How to Build a Graphic Design Portfolio Before You Have Clients

Maybe you’re ready to leave your 9-to-5 and start your own freelance graphic design career. Your first stop needs to be setting up your website, so your new clients will be able to see your amazing portfolio, right?!   Oh, you’re saying you need clients to have portfolio projects to put in your portfolio? And…

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The 5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Graphic Design Portfolio

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Are you ready to launch your brand, web, or graphic design career to the level you dream of reaching? After all, that’s likely why you’re here, reading our blog… and we’re glad to meet you!   There was a time when we were working a 9-to-5 and it wasn’t what we’d dreamed of doing. We…

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How to Get Freelance Clients on Social Media

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Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, YouTube, Spotify, Clubhouse, Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter Spaces, Snapchat, Substack, Medium, Telegram, Reddit, LinkedIn…that’s 16 platforms where you could get graphic design clients on social media, and there are others too!   So how do you know where to start? Is it possible to be on every platform at once? And as…

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