Freelance Designer

As a freelance designer you will have a great deal of freedom to pick and choose your jobs once you have built up your portfolio. There are many areas that you can specialise in including business card design, logo design and even infographic building for websites and newsletters. Feeling more vocally creative? Check out our guide to voice overs and video editing freelance work here.

Design of Business Cards, Flyers and Posters

Creative design skills, or more formal training and education in art and design can be put to profitable use, as agencies and crowdsourcing websites offer work. Building up design skills for business card designs is accessible to most with online courses specifically for freelance designers on sites such as udemy.com and lynda.com. If you really want to take it seriously you could invest in some seriously good design software such as the Adobe Creative Suite softwares or even Coral Draw

It’s a competitive but valuable market for a designer with an eye for professional, attractive promotional material. Production and materials can be left in the capable hands of print shops to keep disruption due to normal family life to a minimum.

Logo design

Many businesses, companies, websites and institutions need new logo designs to create new brands or promote themselves. By being a logo designer, you can provide logo services using your design and graphics skills. If you are a talented artist, you can make use of online tools and logo samples to come up with beautiful, functional logos that represent various institutions. Adobe Illustrator is one of the best pieces of design software around with plenty of support for newbies to logo designing – especially handy if you feel as though you may want to branch out to other forms of design. There is a fantastic ‘Classroom in a Book’ guide that Adobe have produced to help you on your way.

Logo design is a competitive marketplace which may require some promotion of your work to get potential customers’ attention, and may also need investment in technology, software and training.

Designing Infographics

Like logos, these can be a satisfying and lucrative application of existing design flair. The stay-at-home dad who combines this with an economic or statistical mindset may have an advantage here, but assignments with very precise requirements and specifications may be available too.Infographic design relies on your ability to create visually appealing information that is made up of images, graphics and drawings in order to present complex information in an easy to understand way. By being able to build an infographic, you will present information in a pure form that speaks to the audience in an interesting, useful and fun manner.

This job requires a combination of software such as Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. If you are working from home, then you can opt for DIY tools which allow you to design infographics without graphic design training. Some tools have full free versions while others require you to pay for them e.g. Easel.ly, Inforgr.am, Picktochart and Venngage