Mistakes To Avoid In A Graphic Design Business
There are so many graphic designers out there but only a few can really say that they are successful in what they do. A lot are still struggling to have the clients they need to grow their business. Even with years of being graphic designers, just a few can really say that they are getting bigger and better.
So what is the problem for those who cannot make the cut? For many designers, failing to get their business off the ground comes from three major mistakes made by them. If you are a budding graphic designer, it would be to your benefit if you know these important mistakes so you can avoid doing it. And for those already in the industry for quite some time now, this would be good time for you to reassess your strategy and include these mistakes in the things that you should NOT do.
Quoting Too Soon!
This is a total turn off for many customers and prospects. Before you could even propose to them your rate, you should be able to make them see your value first. When prospects ask you how you work, they are not asking for your rate so stop yourself from quoting it. What they really want to know is the quality of your work and if your type of service fit what they are looking for. For example, if you are a brochure printing designer, never tell your rate before your prospect could even see whether they would let you start printing brochures for them. It is all about your worth to them first. When they are clear about your capacity to provide them what they need, then you can bargain for your value without any challenge.
Many opportunities to design have been lost just because a graphic designer failed to follow up. Do not let other graphic artists steal your clients right under your nose. Be ready to follow up after the initial consultation. And if ever there is a reason you cannot make the deadline you have provided, make sure that you let your clients know so they will not be left hanging. And this goes also when you make the proposal. You have to follow up on it after a day or two. The bottom line is to stay connected with your clients from the initial meeting up to the very end that you will hand them the final output. This would ensure the feeling of security and assurance from your clients that you are looking after their needs and wants.
Do not stop marketing just because you have enough customers right now. Even if business is at its peak, it does not mean that you have to stop marketing altogether. It is very important to market everyday and regularly. You have to think about the time when all your customers’ requirements would be finished. You need to have a steady supply of clients and customers to be able to sustain your business.
Learning to profit from your business comes from knowing the mistakes that you make and avoiding them. It will require focus and effort on your part to fix the problems. But when you are able to do so, you can have a practice that not only works but can send in a lot of opportunities for you to grow your business.
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