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How to Start a Graphic Design Business

How to Start a Graphic Design Business

Starting a graphic design business can be challenging. However, it can also be very rewarding. Keep reading to find out how you can start one.

26th July 2019

Graphic designers create visual concepts to inform, inspire and captivate consumers. They can do this through computer software or even by hand. Moreover, they use typography and page layout to achieve their designs. Their aim is to communicate a message to consumers and make products and services more appealing to them. Graphic designers can help with brand designs and identity. They can also help in things like company report layouts. Starting up a graphic design business can be difficult. However, following the right steps can lead to an extremely rewarding one. Therefore, you shouldn’t hesitate to start a business if you are passionate about graphic design. This guide will help you get up and running in no time.

Understand your skills

A graphic design business is very broad with many different services in demand. Therefore, you need to understand your skill level and what services you can actually produce. Don’t commit to anything you can’t provide and make sure you outline your services in a contract. You also need to know what a prospective client might expect from you. Some of the leading graphic design companies have listed the kinds of jobs clients have expected from them. These include the following:

  1. Brand strategy
  2. Logo designing
  3. Web designing
  4. Social media designing
  5. Animation
  6. Typography
  7. Brochure designing
  8. Infographics
  9. Poster designing

Enhance your skills

If you are an expert in one field of graphic design, you should start studying others. Having an excellent knowledge of multiple areas will give you a competitive advantage over other businesses. Clients are more likely to go with someone with an overall knowledge rather than a specific one.

Mission and vision

Once you have determined what services you wish to provide, you can develop a mission and a vision. Having a primary goal and objective will make it easier to develop your business strategy. Clients will be able to see that your company is legitimate and will provide a good service.

Identifying potential clients

Determining your target market is a key step in starting a graphic design business. You’ll need to decide who you want your clients to be. They can be a large, medium or even a local business. Your business can also target a specific clientele. For example, you could provide services to young women who are starting up in the fashion industry.

Analyse your competitors

The graphics design industry is one with plenty of competition. Therefore, it is essential that you study your competitors. This will allow you to find ways of improving and innovating your own services. You should use the successes and failures of other businesses and incorporate it into your own business strategy.


As a start up, you will need a solid business plan. Clients will not be willing to pay a lot of money to a company that has just started up. You should always make sure your prices reflect the service you can provide. Don’t make your prices too cheap or too expensive. A good price offers value for money.

The law

You should register your business and apply for a trademark to protect your services. You might also want to get insured just in case something goes wrong.

Don’t forget

Although a graphic design business can be difficult to start, it can be rewarding. Following this guide will help you get up and running. It is important to understand what your clients will expect from you. Then, you must ensure you can meet these demands. Do not commit to anything you cannot provide. Contact a business lawyer for more information on how to start a graphic design business.

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Aditi Ramesh

Aditi currently works in the Content Team as a Legal Intern for Lawpath. She is in her third year of a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) at Macquarie University. She is particularly interested in Property and Criminal Law.