I’ve just been doing some reasearch on books that you can buy as a freelance graphic design as an aid. I actually managed to find a few which I purchased that I thought I might share. although I must admit the ground is abit thin in terms of graphic design specific freelancing books. here are the books I purchased:
1.“The Freelance Design Handbook: Don’t Start Work Without It” Cathy Fishel; Paperback;
Working freelance is an attractive option for a sizeable number of both recent design graduates and seasoned professionals. The Freelance Design Handbook is a practical and inspirational illustrated desk reference for freelance designers hoping to develop a long term and successful career path. The book is packed full of best practice, practical business tips, and professional and creative strategies from successful freelancers, case studies, alongside industry reference resources, to inform aspiring freelance designers of their options. This book explores the different design fields open to freelancers, covering all genres of graphic design, including, branding, corporate identity, publishing, information design, and how each area is best approached from a freelance standpoint.
2. “Start Your Own Graphic Design Business” Entrepreneur Press; Paperback;
It’s time to make your mark in the world of graphic design. There’s no doubt you’ve imagined it-placing your name and logo on business cards, taking creative control and being your own boss. Why not turn your fantasy into reality?
Whether you want to start a part-time graphic design business, a full-time operation or build a substantial company with a full staff of graphic designers, everything you need to get started is at your fingertips. Learn the basic requirements, startup costs, day-to-day operations and even what to do when things don’t go as planned. Industry experts and successful graphic designers share what they’ve learned and give you the motivation and priceless tips and tricks to help you reach success. Learn how to:
- Discover your market and their needs
- Choose a business environment that works for you
3. “Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business” Cho Ilasco; Paperback;
As the hipster classic Craft, Inc. did for crafters, this book will teach all types of creatives illustrators, photographers, graphic designers, animators, and more how to build a successful business doing what they love. Freelancing pros Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho explain everything from creating a standout portfolio to navigating the legal issues of starting a business. Accessible, spunky, and packed with practical advice, Creative, Inc. is an essential for anyone ready to strike out on their own.
so these great read will be winging their way to me very soon for some fabulous freelance reading as I embark on my journey as a freelancer!
read read read I’ve been told so I guess I will have to just do that.
on another interesting note I had a client today who sent me a filled out a contract but neglected to send me the deposit or reply to my emails to inform me of what is happening and also didn’t add contact details to my contract anybody else had this problem? I’ve sent an invoice through to the email address they contact me on but I’m abit stumped on this one……. anyway.