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How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by AnonPoet: 10:00am On Jun 24
In this video, YouTube creator Fisayo Fosudo shares ideas and strategies about how you can grow your income as a graphic designer.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkhU4ZXdiNY

1. Getting Learning Started

One thing to note is that, as a beginner, you can never really know exactly how to do something unless you learn how to do it or practice it. To put it in sweeter words, your interpretation of your creativity is limited by your skill. You can have wild imaginations and in your head, there are so many amazing ideas but you just don’t know exactly how to put them on paper or in photoshop. So now, for you to express this creativity, you have to learn that skill and practice it to become more and more competent.

2. Watch Tons of Tutorials

You should spend as much time as you can studying concepts and watching tutorials on sites like Lynda (Now Linkedin Learning), Skillshare, Udemy and more. Of course, not everyone can pay N6,800 or $14 for a 1-month subscription, a platform that works without fail is YouTube. You see, there are 2 major things you’ll almost always do when you’re on your design journey, I believe not every designer can claim to know everything so one thing you will and should be doing is heading on to Google and searching for solutions, like How to create noisy drop shadows and special effects like that and one thing to note is that Google is the biggest search engine, YouTube is the second biggest search engine and YouTube is owned by Google. Some of the results you find on Google will lead to video tutorials and creators on this website can teach you for free.

3. Getting Work Done

As a graphic designer when you’re first starting out, if you’re not directly employed you definitely need to do some work for as many people as you can to grow your income or work on as many projects as you can and because design is very subjective, you have to live with the fact that well you might not be good enough but that’s okay. If you can and I think you should, when you’re starting out, you’ll want to make a bunch of free designs or lower-paid projects you can learn from but you have to make sure it’s meeting the needs of the patronizing party aka the client. Don’t take any feedback personal, you have to accept that you’re just starting out.

4. Join Freelance Websites

There are now many websites online that can help you get work as a freelance graphic designer or just a freelancer. You can earn as much as $500 or more per project for something you would normally do for a very small amount due to the standard of living. Sites like Fiverr, Upwork, 99Designs, and more help freelance designers connect with clients. You would need to really understand the platforms, make sure you read the rules and regulations, or terms and conditions.

5. Being Reliable & Efficient + Have the Right Tools

It pays to be reliable as a designer and meet the clients' demands wherever they are. This means you should also have the right tools to succeed as a designer. A Good Laptop (Core i5 and above), Software (Photoshop, Illustrator, Figma, Sketch), Stylus or Design Tablet (Wacom), a fast Mouse. Make sure you deliver value to the clients and make sure it's what the clients want. Make sure that when you give your designs, you thoroughly explain the designs, explain why you added a button, why something was special about your design what you did right and what you did differently. It's true that this makes the changes to your work much less, it makes the client trust your judgement more and it overall makes your workflow smoother.

6. Understanding Clients

Understanding your clients involve studying their brand wholly, understanding the assets, the colours of the brand and the meaning of the brand. Make sure you know what they want to achieve with a certain design or project and see how this design you’re tasked to create is going to solve a problem for them. Research is very key at this point and the last thing you want is to be the designer that delivers something other than what they want. You won’t get far if you rush the process so take your time to understand every single aspect before putting the mouse on the pad or grabbing your stylus.

7. Asking Clients for Work (Just Ask)

Try to ask your clients if there’s any other thing you can create to help. This might sound cliche but for real, JUST ASK… if you’re tasked with designing a web page, for instance, you can ask if they want a mobile version designed as well. If he asks for an app design, you can ask if they have developers and you can partner with maybe a friend of yours who can develop and you can share a commission. Asking for more work and also asking that the client recommends you can really help you get far. Recommendations can help you get from $500 a month to $1,000 a month to make that much per every single project.

8. Understanding Money & Payment

Two of the questions people have asked a lot is how much to charge or how do you charge and what platforms did you use. With regards to how much you should charge as a freelancer, you can start small but always give value and then on the next project you can test a higher amount, then a higher amount, then a higher amount. Add more services you’re delivering and charge for it. This is exactly what has worked. You can start with 5,000 Naira per design here in Nigeria, go up to 500 dollars per design online, test $1,000, test $2,000, 2500 you get the idea, With regards to the platforms, most freelancing platforms charge a percentage of how much you charge your client, that’s how they make money. A common payment platform for graphic design freelancers that pays directly to your Nigerian Domiciliary account is Payoneer.

9. Market Yourself

One way to grow your income as a designer is pushing your designs out there, market yourself. This is where you want to grow your business and market what you have to offer. A very good way is to join portfolio and showcase websites like Behance which is a very dope place to post your designs and sites like Dribbble. Not only are these websites super dope for inspiration, but you can also post there and you never know, a client might like your work and hit you up to hire you. Dribbble was an invite-only platform that has a way of letting people know you’re available for work. You can also leverage your social media feed like Instagram and Twitter to put valuable design content and your own work to build sort of a portfolio, that way you’re getting access to a larger audience even from your circle.

What are your tips for growing your income as a graphic designer in Nigeria? Comment below

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Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by slawormiir: 12:57pm On Jun 24
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Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by SEYILIGHT(m): 12:58pm On Jun 24
Thank you.

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Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by mojeed4(m): 12:58pm On Jun 24
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Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by angelusbrut: 12:58pm On Jun 24
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Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by Onyemadonald(m): 12:58pm On Jun 24
Everyone want to make digital money
Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by uuzba(m): 1:03pm On Jun 24
Why so helpful? We didn't ask.
But I see what is going on.
People make money on YouTube when you make a good video over 10mins long and many-many viewers view it and subscribe ON YouTube. Hence the by-force video.
That is how he will make his own money. You, on the other hand can follow the advice in this story.

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Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by Offpoint1: 1:03pm On Jun 24
To clients:
Avoid "I will design a PROFESSIONAL logo for you for just 2k"

No customer should take such designers serious...


To beginners:
Avoid jumping into Designing... Learn design principles first.


To Intermediate/professional
Learn how to sell yourself and create a strong portfolio.


To aspiring Designers:
Don't come in with the mentality of making money...

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Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by justi4jesu(f): 1:04pm On Jun 24
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Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by vioment: 1:05pm On Jun 24
Try to know your software or tools, and be creative but simple in your work.


It is not that different than other endeavours, in a general sense.

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Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by design106: 1:05pm On Jun 24
cool
Helpful. Really. Though didn't see anything I didn't already know.

Great work and production quality.
Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by yusufu16: 1:06pm On Jun 24
My journey as a Graphic Designer and a UI/UX Designer is amazing.

Earning in dollars in this current Nigerian economy is bae. Please learn at least 2 online skills you can use to earn in dollars.

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Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by Lagosianswag: 1:06pm On Jun 24
Good Talk. cool Thumbs Up �

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Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by neyyoh: 1:06pm On Jun 24
Top post

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Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by Abba114: 1:11pm On Jun 24
absolute time wasting. graphic design in a country where people are hungry all they care about is food and come nd disturb them with a shit call graphic design #mtsww

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Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by Darkmode64: 1:14pm On Jun 24
I totally find it appalling how Nigerians have commonized this skill because design industry isn't regulated like other fields. No thanks to softwares like Canva, professional designers are sidelined while quacks smile to the bank. Companies would employ someone who is a graduate of chemistry for a design role over someone who actually studied design. Clients will also treat freelance designers like sh*it because they are vulnerable somethings like ethical considerations, job security etc

Gone were the days when people chose graphics design because they were skilled at it. But these days, it's a "means of survival" for many.

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Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by Jaytecq(m): 1:17pm On Jun 24
good info
Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by Darkmode64: 1:21pm On Jun 24
yusufu16:
My journey as a Graphic Designer and a UI/UX Designer is amazing.

Earning in dollars in this current Nigerian economy is bae. Please learn at least 2 online skills you can use to earn in dollars.
This doesn't look like bragging, does it?
Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by yusufu16: 1:22pm On Jun 24
Darkmode64:

This doesn't look like bragging, does it?

It doesnt, just to motivate

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Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by neyyoh: 1:25pm On Jun 24
Darkmode64:

This doesn't look like bragging, does it?

Showing you the way and you still have to complain.

Blacks!

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Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by priceaction: 1:27pm On Jun 24
Which international marchant account allows you to accept and process funds on your website as a Nigerian. I know of 2checkout
Any other @anonpoet?
Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by wman(m): 1:30pm On Jun 24
Really good info.
Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by Darkmode64: 1:36pm On Jun 24
neyyoh:


Showing you the way and you still have to complain.

Blacks!
It's unsolicited. Good day
Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by Darkmode64: 1:37pm On Jun 24
yusufu16:


It doesnt, just to motivate
I understand chief.
Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by shegzhkn: 1:58pm On Jun 24
yusufu16:
My journey as a Graphic Designer and a UI/UX Designer is amazing.

Earning in dollars in this current Nigerian economy is bae. Please learn at least 2 online skills you can use to earn in dollars.

Quick question , are you getting the fund out with ur dom. acct ??
Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by yusufu16: 2:01pm On Jun 24
shegzhkn:


Quick question , are you getting the fund out with ur dom. acct ??

Yes
Re: How To Grow Your Income As A Graphic Designer In Nigeria by shegzhkn: 2:02pm On Jun 24
yusufu16:


Yes

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