A lot of your friends, colleagues and family may have told you that becoming a professional designer is not a piece of cake and that the intense competition and tasking work is not worth it. While it is certainly not a simple road to venture on, becoming a good designer requires some creativity, imagination and a touch of hard work and the rewards can be endless. Here’s our guide to help you become the very best by following a few tips and trick. You need not go to college to become a professional web designer!
Becoming a Professional Designer
A big stumbling block in many potential web designers, especially ones who are already caught up in a job, is that it is thought that a college degree is necessary to pursue a career in web designing. Unless you want to work for major firms you can play your trade as a free lancer or work in a smaller firm where you may not necessarily need a college degree.
Of course, this does not mean that you do not need to study for it! However, you can do things at your own pace and time with online web courses for web designers. Popular ones such as the ‘World Wide Web School’ offer free courses that could teach you a lot about web designing.
For other fields in designing such as architecture, the above may not apply and you will probably need some formal education in college and get a degree to actually become a professional. However, don’t let this get you down, because remember – a little investment of money and time can go a long a way!
Supplement yourself with additional courses
Having said all that stuff about not going to college, it is important to understand that if you want to be a professional and a top quality one at that, you need to spend your time doing some studies. You need to have that hunger inside of you to succeed and learn more and this can be best done by taking more online courses, evening classes in your local community college or even talking to and learning from a friend who’s a pro in that particular field!
Doing an internship is another good way to go as it offers firsthand experience and looks good on your resume if you are thinking of applying for a job at some firm. Search for local internship listings in your local newspaper or go online and apply for internship at a good designing firm to take your quest to become pro to the next level.
Tips: Becoming a Successful Freelance Designer
Whether you’re looking to offer services in interior decoration, web designing or brand designing (logo designing), an important part of being a free lancer is to get the word out there and create an identity for yourself that people will recognize and hopefully be satisfied with.
A good way to do this is to set up a website with your own brand name and logo. Before setting up a website, it is always good to do some valuable research concerning domain costs, set up costs etc.
You should also consider costs in making business cards, buying stationary etc. for your newly found company.
The next step of course is to design your own logo and create a brand name. Look for inspiration online and read up on our logo designing articles and hopefully that will give you some idea as to how to start your own freelance designing business.
The main part starts now. You need to start advertising and get your company recognized. Put ads in the local paper, online and hand out business cards at the mall on a weekend. It will take some time, but eventually you will get a few customers rolling in. Of course the crucial thing is to appease these very first customers so that you get good reviews and you grow in popularity.
A good trick, as always is to offer free services to attract customers and show them what you’re all about. Make a good pitch about your business at local conventions or even spread a video online! You never know what might work! Hope you’ve found these tips useful for becoming a professional designer.