Hire a Designer
Whether you're suffering from a case of designer's block or feeling overwhelmed with a particular piece of work, don't forget that you have access to designers from all over the world with as little as an internet connection and a project description.
There are many sites where freelancers can contribute to all parts of your creative process, from brainstorming to sketching to print-ready productions. Try starting at these popular sites: Upwork, Behance, and Fiverr.
To make your first freelancer project as productive as possible, follow these guidelines.
- Provide prospects with a sketch of what you want. This will help shorten the brainstorming process.
- Review the profile of freelancers whose style most resembles your desired design. Consult with designers who have extensive experience working in the style you're looking for.
- We recommend connecting and speaking with at least 2 designers about your design project.
- Establish whether you will pay hourly or flat-rate for the project. If freelancers request hourly pay, ask for an estimate of the time expected from for your project.
- If the design is complex, ask for a mid-point check-in to assess if the work is meeting your expectations.
If you work particularly well with a certain freelancer, consider developing a partnership to create more designs on a regular basis. Freelance graphic designers are often willing to negotiate a lower rate if you can provide consistent work.
As you're getting your designs together, it's time to learn some copyright and trademark basics in the next chapter.