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    How's it going! My name's Will. I'm an amateur graphic designer (emphasis on amateur), but I'm trying to get better at it. I'm really excited about joining this forum because it'll help me learn how to get better and become a professional graphic designer. I really want to go freelance and eventually start my own graphic design business one day. Here goes nothing right? It's nice to meet you all!

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      Here's our handy "how to become a freelancer" list:

      Originally posted by <b>
      Here's the usual and surest way:
      1. Enroll in a university design program.
      2. Find good design internships while still in school.
      3. Work one's butt off while studying full-time and working as an intern.
      4. After four years, graduate with a bachelor's degree in design or a related field.
      5. Look for a full-time job, send out resumes, show portfolio.
      6. Land an entry-level job at local company as a beginning designer.
      7. After a year or two find a new job at a better place.
      8. After another couple of years become a senior designer at an even better place.
      9. After still another year or so you just might have the education, experience and contacts to explore freelancing.
      Of course there are other routes, but the more of these steps you skip, the tougher it'll be to get there.
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