Graphic arts design is a good work from home business if you have a love for design, good design skills, good computer skills, and some professional quality graphic arts design programs.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has said that graphic design services are expected to grow at a 13% rate from 2008 to 2018. This is mostly due to the demand for interactive media advertising such as internet and mobile phone ads.
If you wish to take advantage of this statistic, focus on getting good website design and animation skills if you don't already have them. You will need to be very familiar with online editors like Blingee, Picnik, Photoshop, Photoscape, and splashup. Focus on learning the effects they offer such as grayscale, sepia, airbrushing, and negative. You will also need to keep up with any new innovations as they come along.
Practice making 3D images as you will need to understand all these skills well and others. Be aware that you must really love design because this field is very involved and new enhancements are coming up every day.
Study your competition. Do they work for large concerns or small businesses? What type of design work do they specialize in? Do they do onlineadvertisement? How about magazine and newspapers ads, or restaurant menus?
Get a brochure from each and also study their profile online. Get to know each of them well so you can find a niche to get started in.
Check with local government agencies to make sure you have all required licenses and permits for your graphic arts design business. Set up a LLC (Limited Liability Corporation) and get any insurance that is required to do graphic arts at home. See your state and local tax authories about getting your tax number set up.
You will need to set up your home office. Make it as quiet and comfortable as possible, as you will be spending a lot of time there. You will need internet service and a computer that can handle the software programs you will need. Set up a telephone, printer, scanner, fax, as well as a large table for physical design layouts.
Get the best equipment you can afford. It will serve you well in the long run. Get a used model if you can to save money.
One of the top reasons new businesses fail is that some people feel because they are good at their trade, they can also run a business. Running a business requires business training. Make sure you have the necessary skills before opening your doors. Plan ahead to succeed, so you don't fail.
If not, hire a service to do it for you. The I.R.S. requires good records so don't give them a reason to audit you. Your attention needs to be on your business, not worrying about bookkeeping and tax concerns.
I also recommend that you have the finances to cover expenses for 9 months to a year to give your business time to finds its niche and become profitable. If not you may consider starting part time.
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