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Web Design Jobs: Freelance Graphic Designer

written by: Nicole Braddock•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 12/10/2010

With the state of the economy these days, we have to do what we can to make ends meet. Freelance graphic design jobs are out there for those who have some extra time and could use a side job or an idea for a home business.

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    Be a Freelance Design Professional

    Everybody out there has some dream job. For many people, a dream job would consist of anything having to do with a computer and making some good money. What would you say if you were told that you could have a job working with computers, make good money, and be creative for a living? Would you believe it? Those who work freelance graphic design jobs would probably describe their job in words very similar to those.

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    What Do Freelance Graphic Designers Do?

    Freelance graphic designer jobs are all over the web, but not just anybody can do them. A person hiring a graphic design professional is usually in need of website design services or help with designing a logo for the company image. A good designer should have an artistic eye and some savvy computer design skills. Graphic design is as much about making sure that your designs are aesthetically pleasing as it is about anything else. Qualified graphic designers should not only be able to exhibit experience with graphic design, but talent in that area as well. For that reason, many designers keep a portfolio.

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    Why Use a Portfolio?

    Freelance graphic designer jobs often require that proof and samples of previous work be submitted for consideration. People want to make sure that they are hiring someone whose work they will be happy with. A properly assembled portfolio with some good choices inside it that represent your work in a positive light can be the difference between a faltering design professional and a successful one.

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    Freelance Graphic Designer Salary and Expectations

    Freelance graphic designers should expect to make as much money as they do work. In essence, the time spent working is relative to income. This is because many graphic design professionals pay on a per-project basis or on a per-hour basis for a small number of hours.

    The more seasoned and talented you are as a designer, the more people will pay for your services. Experienced designers can make good money, many times even earning themselves a position somewhere as an in-house designer on salary. Technology is always changing, and any good freelance design professional should be able to stay abreast of changing technologies so as to always be up to par with the expectations of their clients.

    If you’re looking for a great job, consider a career in graphic design. If you have the talent and the desire to learn, you can end up with a great profession.