How to Start a Graphic Design Studio

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Starting a graphic design studio involves not only obtaining the appropriate business licenses, but it also requires having a good attorney, drawing up template contracts and building a high-quality Web site. Get into the design industry with help from an experienced graphic designer and illustrator in this free video on graphic design.

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Hi, I'm Deb Cikovic and I want to discuss with you some of the basics of starting your own graphic design firm. Besides the obvious, getting business licenses, a good attorney because every graphic designer needs a good attorney. I will tell you that from experience. Good, bad or indifferent, you must have a good attorney. It's always good to get good contracts written, give everybody a contract, because in the end everybody appreciates a contract. Always put everything in writing. Mark down from start to finish what the project entails. Do a complete breakdown. A good graphic designer starts a studio, be part of a community, continue your education. Join NAP, join the Graphic Artists Guild, continue education through seminars, through different types of entities, you know, do everything you can, you're never too old to learn. Hire people that you can teach. If you're hiring employees, try to hire young people. I'm not saying that, you know, an older community's not great, but maybe they can teach you a few things too. An older community's not bad but sometimes they are not as up on some things that the younger community, just out of college may know. Our community, and our industry is an ever changing entity, you always need to read, keep up with things every day. Network, be on the web, have a solid site, be part of a community, twitter, linked in, I mean right now that, you know, you have to be out on the web. Surround yourself with different things that you can keep up with what's going on in our industry. There's always something new on the horizon, be a part of that. Never undervalue or overvalue your services. Clients that think that you're undercutting or undervaluing, undervaluing your services they'll just run all over you. And sometimes when you overvalue your services it, that's not, on the other extreme, that's not good either. So never, always try and be in the middle and always do the project to the best of your ability. This is Deb Cikovic with DualDot Media, thanks for listening.

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