Business

Making six figures as a graphic designer
How I Built A Six Figure Graphic Design Business in 4 Years
How I Built A Six Figure Graphic Design Business in 4 Years 1024 602 Nick Saporito

When you think of professions that pay in the range of six figure yearly earnings, graphic design typically doesn’t come to mind. In fact, the average graphic designer in America makes roughly $43,507 per year. Making six figures as a graphic designer means doubling that and then some. It’s an ambitious goal, and it’s a…

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How much to charge a friend for a logo
How Much To Charge A Friend For A Logo Design
How Much To Charge A Friend For A Logo Design 1024 602 Nick Saporito

If you offer your design services on a freelance basis for long enough, you’re eventually going to run into a situation where a friend or family member wants you to design something for them. Knowing how much to charge a friend for a logo is a tricky conundrum, and it’s something I’ve been through myself.…

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The problem with 99Designs
The Problem with 99Designs | Ordering Steak At a Buffet
The Problem with 99Designs | Ordering Steak At a Buffet 1024 602 Nick Saporito

I recently had a potential client reach out to me and ask how my logo design services compare to those of 99Designs. It’s a good question that any rational person in the market for a logo would ask. My reply was lengthy enough that I realized it would make for a good blog entry if…

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Graphic design questions and answers
Graphic Design Q&A: Thoughts on Affinity, Client Perceptions of Open Source software, + More
Graphic Design Q&A: Thoughts on Affinity, Client Perceptions of Open Source software, + More 1024 602 Nick Saporito

Today I’ll be answering some design-related questions posed by followers of the Logos By Nick Youtube channel. This is something I did a month or so back and it got a great response on Youtube, so I figured I’d do another one. The video at the top of the page contains all of the questions…

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Logo design invoice template
Logo Design Invoice Template | Free Editable PDF
Logo Design Invoice Template | Free Editable PDF 1024 602 Nick Saporito

In this post I’ll be sharing my logo design invoice template in a variety of editable formats that you can alter and use yourself! Simply remove my contact info and add your own. Payment processing services like PayPal and Square offer invoicing capabilities for you to collect payment from your clients, but sometimes your client…

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Starting an LLC as an artist
Starting an LLC as an Artist | My Experience with Incfile 2018
Starting an LLC as an Artist | My Experience with Incfile 2018 1024 602 Nick Saporito

I’ve been in business as a freelance designer since 2011, but I always did business under my own name. In 2016 I decided it was time to start an LLC for Logos By Nick. Starting an LLC as an artist was one of the wisest decisions I’ve made throughout my career, and Incfile did an excellent job…

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Payhip experience
My Payhip Experience As A Seller – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
My Payhip Experience As A Seller – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly 1024 602 Nick Saporito

Of all the ways of monetizing blog content, my favorite method is to create and sell digital products like learning materials and design templates. I’ve found that it’s extraordinarily more profitable than running ads from networks like AdSense, and self-made products convert at a much higher rate than an affiliate product that someone else created. The service…

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Sample creative brief for logo design clients
Sample Creative Brief for Logo Design Clients
Sample Creative Brief for Logo Design Clients 1024 602 Nick Saporito

Before beginning any logo design project, you’ll need to collaborate with your client so that you can understand their business, the market they play in, and who their ideal customer is. This is known as a briefing, and in this post I’ll be going over a sample creative brief for logo design clients that you…

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Balancing personal and professional life as a freelancer
6 Simple Strategies for Freelancers to Balance Personal and Professional Life
6 Simple Strategies for Freelancers to Balance Personal and Professional Life 1024 602 Nick Saporito

One of the largest and most sought-after positions nowadays is that of a freelancer — and with good reason. Flexible working hours, a self-made schedule, unlimited earnings based on effort put it and freedom to choose the projects one works on are just some of the reason freelancing is on the rise and predicted to…

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Instagram: A Marketing Juggernaut for Designers
Instagram: A Marketing Juggernaut for Designers 1024 602 Nick Saporito

If there’s one hard lesson I’ve learned about standing the test of time as a freelancer, it’s that you can never rely on just one source of anything, whether it be income, clients, vendors, service providers, etc. We live in a world that never stands still — things are always changing. Businesses are opening, closing,…

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